Wellington is a compact city with distinct inner precincts fanning out into some diverse and picturesque suburbs. Australians usually choose to stay centrally, to make the most of the CBD attractions.
Many hotels are positioned to take advantage of water views along Lambton Quay and the waterfront, whether they’re close to Parliament in the Pipitea district or near Te Papa, the national museum and gallery. Most things are a walk or bus ride in Wellington, but if you want to be close to the nightlife, look for accommodation near funky Cuba Street or lively Courtenay Place. Further up in the suburb of Mount Cook, you’re staying in the best of both worlds, in Wellington’s leafy hinterland but with panoramic water views.
Choose Oriental Bay for a quieter, sophisticated stay and join the joggers along the waterfront in the morning followed by a coffee al fresco by the harbour. Or stay ocean-side and closer to the airport and some fantastic beaches and great opportunities for biking and hiking.
Our top picks
2 Grey Street
Modern and upmarket, this hotel stands proudly opposite the stunning Wellington Harbour, just steps from Lambton Quay, and offers stylish rooms, an indoor heated pool and award-winning dining.
75 Featherston Street
Nestled between Wellington Harbour and Lambton Quay's impressive retail and dining precinct, this hotel features spacious rooms and suites, all with kitchenettes and some offering a balcony or harbour views, plus with an indoor heated pool, gym and grill-style restaurant.
300 Lambton Quay
Stylish and contemporary, this serviced apartment-style hotel offers studios and self-contained suites on Lambton Quay amid a plethora of shopping boutiques, restaurants and bars.
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
147 The Terrace
Just steps from Lambton Quay, this central hotel showcases stylish rooms and suites, a tranquil day spa, signature high tea service, and Whitby's restaurant and piano bar, renowned for its extravagant buffet, live cooking stations and dazzling harbour views.
345 The Terrace
In a sought-after location, this hotel’s stunning views and modern comfortable rooms are accompanied by an indoor heated pool, energising gym, soothing sauna and brasserie-style restaurant, all a short stroll from the funky Cuba Quarter.