The history of the European settlement of Wellington begins in 1840. This is when the first ship of settlers came ashore after Colonel William Wakefield purchased land from the Maoris for the New Zealand Company. The purpose was to set up both a centre for commerce along the harbor, but also an agricultural center along the rich valley land. The region rapidly developed and New Zealand moved the seat of government from Auckland to Wellington in 1865 due to its central location in New Zealand.
The history of Wellington settlement can also be seen in the picturesque Victorian houses perched on the hillsides surrounding the Wellington Harbor. Wellington is also the home to one of the largest all-wooden buildings in the world, the Government Buildings. Many other examples of 19th century architecture can be found throughout the city. Perhaps it is the combination of this Victorian charm mixed in with the contemporary appeal of modern buildings such as the famous Beehive and Te Papa Museum that adds to the eclectic nature of Wellington. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city. It’s the third largest city in New Zealand, and the Wellington region is home to almost half a million residents. With a fairly young population (in fact over ¾ of the population is from the ages 15-65), this bustling city is the center of not only New Zealand politics, but also most of its culture and arts.
Next generation budget accommodation at New Zealand's first Flashpackers is available at Nomads Capital hostel in Wellington. This is a Qualmark 5-star rated hostel, so you know that you will be staying in top quality budget accommodation. It is ideally located in Wellington's central bohemian quarter,with loads of communal areas to meet other backpackers, making Nomads Capital Wellington the best value place to stay on your arrival in Wellington.
Nomads Capital offers a variety of accommodation styles:
- 4,6,8,10 bed dorms with shared facilities
- Standard double/twin private rooms with en-suite bathroom
- Elite double/twin private rooms with en-suite bathroom
- Blend Bar & Cafe
- TV Lounge
- Private courtyard & BBQ
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Tour & travel desk
- 24hr Check-in
- 24hr Internet
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Guest message service
All rooms include security card access, fresh linen, and lockers in some dorm rooms. Nomads Capital offers shared kitchen facilities, shared lounge areas, 24 hour laundry facilities, and a private outdoor BBQ area. Blend is the on-site bar and cafe offering an eclectic variety of food at backpacker prices, with daily activities for all. The hostel is located only minutes away from bus stops with transportation to Bus and Railway Stations, Ferry ports, and Airports. Also, it is minutes to the waterfront, Te Papa Museum, Cuba St with its mouth watering cuisine, Courtenay Place with its fantastic nightlife, and Lambton Quay, a shopping haven for shoppaholics alike.
The budget conscious backpacker will want to make use of the fully stocked communal kitchen and the BBQ area in the private courtyard. The in-house travel agency specialises in providing great deals and plenty of information on travel, tours, and activities in the Wellington area and around New Zealand.
Wellington has a bohemian nature, which welcomes diversity and creativity. Located right at the southern tip of the North Island, it also serves as the hub for traffic between the North and South Islands. Whether you're in Wellington for only several days or for a slightly longer stay, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy during a visit to Wellington.
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