I've got to be honest with you, I am not great at photographing cities, probably because, generally, I don't like them. I get lost between the buildings, the people and the chaos. I'm not a big fan of museums or architecture or anything really that is man-made. They just don't impress me as much as natural landscapes do, but there was a certain charm about New Zealand's capital that's difficult for me to explain, which made me like it from the first moment on.
I spent 4 days in Wellington mostly on walking and exploring the city at my own pace. If I were to compare it to any other city in the world that I have visited, it would be San Francisco. Its location, housing, windy weather and hippie atmosphere took me back to my awesome memories from my life in California. Maybe that's why I liked it so much.
One of the absolute must dos in Wellington is hiking to the top of the Mount Victoria lookout (or driving there for you lazy people;). It takes 45 minutes from the city center and it's well worth it. On the top you can spot some native birds and enjoy the 360 degree view over New Zealand's capital.
Don't miss out on the iconic cable car ride up to the Carter observatory and botanic garden. You can book yourself into one of the planetarium shows and take a peak at the stars through their historic telescope.
Best time for the walk through botanic gardens is in the late afternoon when the sunrays create some stunning light. Make sure to have your camera ready to snap some photos of the native Tui birds!
If you are looking for a place to hang out, drink a delicious New Zealand coffee and listen to some life music head to Cuba street. One of my favorite things there was the bucket fountain - an iconic kinetic sculpture, which consists of a series of "buckets" that fill with water until they tip, spilling their load into the buckets and pool below.
What's your favorite way to explore a city?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am Marta Kulesza - the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me somewhere in the mountains.