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Civic Square

Relax outdoors in the center of Wellington, surrounded by public artworks and some of the city’s most iconic buildings.

The Wellington Civic Square is a modern meeting place in the heart of Wellington. Come here to relax, surrounded by landmark buildings and public sculptures that celebrate New Zealand’s culture. Enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee amid a sea of lunching office workers or take a walk through the square at night when the sculptures are artfully illuminated.

Admire the various public sculptures that reflect ancient Māori customs and folklore. It is impossible to miss the circular steel sculpture that seems to float over the center of the plaza. The gleaming installation represents the five native ferns of New Zealand and is one of Wellington’s most photographed sights.

See the 15 sculpted palm trees made from steel, copper and zinc. Walk between the Te Aho a Maui, known as the "split pyramid," which represents a mountain that has been divided in two. Between the two pyramids is a walkway that symbolizes a fishing line leading from the mountains to the sea. 

The buildings around the square are civic and architectural landmarks. Visit the historic Town Hall and the Central Library. See contemporary New Zealand art at the City Gallery and hear the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra play at the Michael Fowler Centre, one of the most renowned concert halls and convention venues in the country. 

Located between the City Gallery and the Town Hall, Wellington Civic Square marks the border between the financial district in the north of the city and the entertainment district in the south. The square is an easy walk from everywhere in central Wellington. If you are coming from the waterfront, take the whimsical City to Sea Bridge, a pedestrian flyover that doubles as a public art installation. 


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Oaks Wellington Hotel ¥8,246
Oaks Wellington Hotel

Oaks Wellington Hotel

89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

    Rydges Wellington ¥9,116
    Rydges Wellington

    Rydges Wellington

    75 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor ¥7,269
      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

      147 The Terrace, Wellington
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        QT Wellington ¥11,890
        QT Wellington

        QT Wellington

        90 Cable Street, Wellington
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Waitangi Park, Wellington Waterfront, and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

          InterContinental Wellington ¥11,490
          InterContinental Wellington

          InterContinental Wellington

          2 Grey Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            ibis Wellington ¥5,803
            ibis Wellington

            ibis Wellington

            153 Featherston St, Wellington
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington ¥10,583
              DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

              DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

              Corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street, 28 Grey Street, Wellington, NZ
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from Lambton Quay and Wellington Central Business District. Wellington Waterfront and TSB Bank Arena are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay ¥7,092
                Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

                Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

                100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Oriental Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Parade, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 25 minutes by foot.