Looking on the Bright Side of Life

“The world’s most southerly capital city is a shining example of turning weaknesses into strengths,” David Whitley writes for Middle East newspaper The National. “Hemmed in between harbour and hills, Wellington simply doesn’t have the space to sprawl. It is not, and never will be, a giant. So it opts for intimacy rather than intimidation. The city centre is easily strolled, but this creates a world where experimental cafes and designers can thrive.” Whitley recommends staying at the “audacious” Museum Hotel, coffee at “perennial favourite,” Fidel’s and a view of the city from the “justifiably popular Mount Victoria.”

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