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22. Wellington, New Zealand
Best for culture, cuisine and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Given that you ranked New Zealand
as your number one dream destination in our recent reader travel survey, we had to include it in our best travel destinations in 2023.
After much debate, we went for Wellington, partly because it's another host city for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which runs across New Zealand and Australia from 20th July to 20th August.
While it’s true to say that if you’re heading to New Zealand, you won’t want to spend all your time in a city, Wellington warrants a sizeable chunk of your time. Given that it’s the main departure point for the South Island, consider planning a trip that takes in Wellington’s sights before heading off.
New Zealand’s second most populous city, Wellington sits top of the tree when it comes to café culture, nightlife and the arts, not least during the summer when a stack of fringe festivals erupt.
Boasting more places to eat and drink per capita than New York City, Wellington is New Zealand’s culinary capital, with a cracking craft beer scene and renowned regional wine.
Courtesy of its surrounding wooded Town Belt, Wellington also boasts excellent, easily accessible walking.
Meanwhile, Mount Victoria Lookout is one of Wellington’s best viewpoints, offering sweeping views of the city, waterfront, docks, and beyond to the Hutt Valley.
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