Paul and Trent will be wed on Sunday, August 16 in Wellington’s own Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, one of New Zealand’s premiere cultural attractions and a national treasure. Check out some more of Wellington’s greatest sights that they’ll be sightseeing over their wedding weekend.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa – www.tepapa.govt.nz

– Currently hosting two short term exhibitions, Warhol: Immortal and Colour & Light: Impressionism from France & America

– Australasia’s most visited museum

– Home to a Colossal Squid (about 6 feet long and weights just under 500kg)

– Admission is free (charges apply for short term exhibitions)

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Mount Victoria Lookout

– Stunning 360 degree views of the city and the harbour

– Great spot to get your bearings

– Lord of the Rings locations can also be found on Mt Vic

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Zealandia: The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary – www.visitzealandia.com

– Two parts – The Valley and The Exhibition

– See native NZ birds (Kiwi, Takahe) and Tuatara, Giant Weta

– Zealandia By Night Tours for kiwi spotting

– Just 15 minutes from downtown

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Film Tours

– Wellington Rover Tours – www.wellingtonrover.co.nz

– Wellington Movie Tours – www.movietours.co.nz

– Half Day and Full Day tours available

– Visit The Lord of the Rings filming locations across the city and the wider Wellington region

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Weta Cave – www.wetanz.com/cave

– The shop front of the world famour Oscar-winning Weta Workshop.

– Selection of props, collectibles and souvenirs

– Behind-the-scenes film in mini-theaterette

– New tour, Window Into Workshop, takes your into their exhibition space and allows you a glimpse into Weta Workshop

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Restaurants and bars

– Said to have more restaurants and bars per capita than New York

– Great coffee, craft beer and regional wine: http://www.wellingtonnz.com/media/media-backgrounders/toast-taste-wellington

– Culinary Capital: http://www.wellingtonnz.com/media/media-backgrounders/capital-flavour-food-and-wine

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– Ride the historic cable car up to the Wellington Botanic Garden.
– Also takes you to Carter Observatory
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Carter Observatory – www.carterobservatory.org

– New Zealand’s place for space

– Regular planetarium shows throughout the day

– Late night telescope viewings on Tuesday and Saturday

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Cuba Street

– Enjoy a slice of bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town

– Home to some top restaurants too – Logan Brown, Matterhorn – and newbie, Ombra

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Wellington Zoo – www.wellingtonzoo.com

– Feed a lion, play with a meerkat or red panda, or stroke a Cheetah on a Close Encounter

– See animals being cared for in The Nest: Te Kōhanga

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See a show

–          The city and suburbs are home to a string of boutique theatres and well-supported film festivals

–          Live performance at Downstage Theatre, Circa Theatre and BATS

–          St James Theatre is the home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

–          Michael Fowler Centre is home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

–          Arthouse cinemas can be found in many suburbs – i.e. Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn

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