This is the first time a New Zealand city has made it into the annual Best in Travel, a publication on world's best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences according to Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet has named where we are, (yes, we set up home here!) the 4th Best City in which to travel, behind New York, Tangier and Tel Aviv.
Eat yer heart out, London and Singapore ;)
According to Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks...
"To have Lonely Planet – a global brand respected for frank opinions and having its finger on the pulse – come out and refer to Wellington as the `coolest little capital in the world' and among the top 10 cities you must visit for 2011 is quite simply incredible."
Wellington sunset from Mt Victoria lookout.
The "Sails" at Queens Wharf.
Lonely Planet writer Catherine Le Nevez commented...
"Wellington's arts, cultural events, culinary and film scenes were some of the reasons it stood out.
"Its compact size energises its sense of community. Locals love their city ... and get a kick out of helping visitors fall in love with it too!"
Beautiful beach from at Mirama, a ten minutes drive from Wellington.New Zealand Herald's Travel News and I quote:
Prime Minister John Key, who first lived there between 1985 and 1988, said the capital was a good place to live.
"It's a compact city, I think it has very interesting architecture [and] for all the hard time that Wellington gets about its weather, I think it adds to the dimension of the place," he said.
"I thoroughly enjoy going round the harbour when it's blustery and windy. It kind of has a very New Zealand feel to it to me."
Wellington also had wonderful restaurants, he added.
A classic Wellington vista, looking from the Oversea Terminal.Newly appointed Wellington "Green" Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who moved to Wellington from Britain in 1983, said she thought Wellington's strength lay in the combination of "wilderness" and city living.
"You don't have to choose arts or sports, or between culture or wilderness, because it's all there."
Tulips at Wellington Botanical Gardens, a 10 minutes walk from the city center.
Te Papa Museum, a "must visit" when you are in Wellington!
Popular hot bangers-to-go at the yearly Thornton Fair.Lonely Planet Editor Shawn Low described Wellington as New Zealand's "most innovative and inspiring city".
Wellington has more than eight million visitors a year.
Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2011:
* New York, USA
* Tangier, Morocco
* Tel Aviv, Israel
* Wellington, New Zealand
* Valencia, Spain
* Iquitos, Peru
* Ghent, Belgium
* Delhi, India
* Newcastle, Australia
* Chiang Mai, Thailand
Response and Comment:From Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown:
"Well done CY! Some lovely pictures which underline how lucky we are to live in Wellington. This is definitely the coolest little capital in the world. It's terrific that Lonely Planet recognised it, and that you're spreading the word through your blog. Keep up the good work!"November 4, 2010 4:04 PM
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