• Looking out over Wellington from the botanic gardens. Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesLooking out over Wellington from the botanic gardens. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies

Wellington features in the Rough Guides’ top ten for 2015

The Rough Guide has started the new year by listing it’s top tens in travel for 2015.  The four lists – Top 10 Cities, Top 10 Countries, Best-Value Destinations and The People’s Choice – feature a huge array of destinations around the world but we at Study Options were pleased to see that Wellington in New Zealand makes it into the top ten cities list at number six.

Many people mistakenly think that Auckland is the capital city of New Zealand due to it’s size, but in fact it’s Wellington, which is this year celebrating 150 years as capital. Wellington has a relatively small population of just 400,000 people, but manages to entertain its residents and students with a sophisticated café society, nightlife and arts scene. Sometimes known as "The Windy City", it’s located on the lowermost tip of the North Island at the mouth of the Cook Strait, and is the main port for travel to the South Island.

The Rough Guide wrote: "There’s a real buzz about the city’s café scene and smart new craft-beer bars are bubbling up across the city. Be sure to check out Te Papa (the New Zealand National Museum), which is packed with treasures from across the Pacific."

There is one university in Wellington – Victoria University of Wellington – although Massey University also offers some courses on its campus there.  If you would like to find out more about living and studying in Wellington, New Zealand, contact Study Options – in particular have a chat with Sarah who has lived in the city for two years.

See the full Rough Guide Top 10 Cities list here. Read their guide to Wellington here.

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