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Wellington, New Zealand

Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy, award-winning cuisine and strong coffee, Wellington is a little city with a big heart #ShareMeWLG

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On clear blue sky days in winter, there’s nothing better than getting rugged up with ALL of the layers and heading off on an adventure in Wellington. Find a trail you haven’t walked before, discover a beach you’ve never visited and soak up a view you've never seen before. Be like @guih_passos and go explore Point Halswell or make like @emilyreyeshogan and stroll the Southern Walkway. Where's your favourite place to go exploring in Wellington? #Wellington #sharemewlg

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Once snow falls on the Tararua Range, it’s a pretty good sign that winter has arrived in Wellington – and that’s when we switch from coolest little capital to cosiest little capital mode. Warm your soul with a new coat designed and made in Wellington by @twentysevennames; shake your tail feather at Wellington Jazz Festival; meet the hot chocolate of your dreams at @scopacubastreet and explore The Attic at Wellington Museum.

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Not many cities have a lagoon right in the heart of the city, but then Wellington’s not like other cities. Here’s our top 5 ways to live your best #lagoonlife at Whairepo Lagoon 1. Spot some eagle rays basking in the warmer waters of the lagoon 2. Learn to paddle a waka (traditional Māori canoe) with the friendly team at @tewharewakaoponeke 3. Sit on a beanbag and enjoy a local craft beer in the sunshine outside @karakacafe.nwz or @stjohnsbarwgtn 🍻 4. Hire a paddleboard or pedal boat from @fergskayakswellington 5. Get a scoop (actually, make it two) of locally-made gelato from @kaffee_eis 🍦 at Whairepo Lagoon

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Once you’ve finished gramming the Welly sunset, it’s time to find a spot for a bite to eat before you head to your evening entertainment. There’s always an exciting event on in the culture capital - from comedy at Fringe Bar, drag at Ivy, best-loved musicals at the Opera House (West Side Story is coming soon!) and the only-in-Wellington live interactive experience @secondunitnz. In Wellington, we love the nightlife Thanks to @piteshmistry for the 📷 – we 💛 your work at Wellington, New Zealand

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Every kid (and big kid) who has ever visited @te_papa knows it for two things: the earthquake house and the giant squid. Good news big and small humans – they're both back and shakier and slimier (we’ll leave you to work out which is what) than ever before.  Te Taiao Nature is Te Papa’s new nature exhibition and features rare collection items and rare interactive experiences - ever wondered what NZ’s rare native birds smell like? Head along to Te Taiao Nature and sniff a kiwi for yourself 🏠🦑

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It takes a special kind of city to rock a fountain made from buckets, but Wellington isn't your run-of-the-mill kind of place. The Bucket Fountain  isn't flashy or fancy but it’s 100% creative, quirky and fun, which we reckon sums up Wellington pretty perfectly.  You’ll find the Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street where the sight and sound of the brightly coloured buckets filling with water and surprise splashing people walking by is an essential Wellington experience 💛💙❤️ at The Bucket Fountain

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Fly into Wellington and you’ll be welcomed by the Wellington Blown Away sign. Nestled on the Miramar cutting beside the airport, it’s our take on the Hollywood sign – we are Wellywood after all – and it pokes a bit of fun at our reputation for somewhat breezy weather. To get the full Wellywood experience, after posing for a selfie with the Weta Giant Eagle in the airport arrivals hall, head to nearby Weta Cave to immerse yourself in Middle-earth, get up close to incredible miniatures and props and learn the secrets behind film making in Miramar - the heart of Wellywood 🎬🎥🌬️

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Feeling like some fresh air this long weekend? Wellington has some of the freshest in the world (first equal with @ottawatourism in this year’s World Air Quality Report). To sample some of our best fresh air, head to the Skyline Walkway for a walk or ride along Wellington’s highest ridgelines. As well as the freshest air, you’ll be treated to made-for-Instagram views (thanks @guih_passos for sharing this beauty☝️) and some hill climbs that will definitely justify eating more chocolate at Mount Kaukau

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There’s nothing like a good play in the backyard and Wellington’s is pretty sweet. Just 15 minutes away by car or train, explore the capital's big backyard with a trip to the @huttvalleynz for brunching and biking. Start your adventure at @seashorecabaret for retro vibes and banging brunch with sea views. Post eggs-benny, @everyonesadventure and @ridegreenjersey can drop off your pre-booked bikes for your biking adventure on the Te Whiti Riser - a popular all-weather walking and mountain biking track with stunning views of the harbour and Wellington. Is it the weekend yet??? 🌊🍽️🚴🌳 at Hutt Valley NZ

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With 12 Malaysian restaurants within 500 metres on Cuba Street, if you had to sum up Wellington’s favourite food in one cuisine, the answer would be Malaysian. With Satay Malaysia at one end of Cuba Street and Oaks Satay Noodle House at the other, there’s a whole street of deliciousness to explore. Try the legendary beef rendang at Rasa, the roti chenai at Satay Village and the Assam laksa at Little Penang. Every Wellingtonian (and honorary Wellingtonian) has their all-time favourite Wellington Malaysian eatery (share yours in the comments) 💛💛

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We love seeing Wellington through your eyes - whether it's your first visit to the capital or you're a regular, there's always a new hidden gem to discover. Here's a round-up of some of the stunning #sharemewlg snaps that you've been sharing with us recently 📸💛📸 Boat Sheds by @smm.nz Oriental Bay Fountain by @terrirosenstock City vista by @thegreatkiwiadventure Harbour light by @jonathanushernz  Red sky at night by @coastal_wanderer_nz  Red Rocks seal by @guih_passos at Wellington, New Zealand

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Our hearts go out to all our brothers and sisters in Christchurch. Wellington stands with you and New Zealand’s muslim community. Kia kaha, Aotearoa 💛💛💛 at Wellington, New Zealand

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