New Zealand's capital city is much-loved and loathed.
Set on the southern tip of the North Island, it's gale-force windy at times, making it a chore to walk with all those hills, but, even worse, it's where the politicians live.
Then again, this harbor city offers gorgeous sea and mountain vistas, surrounding green hills that make the smell of the ocean hang in the air, and a cultural life without rival in Kiwi-dom.
Wellington is reknowned for its countless cafes and coffee houses, funky restaurants, microbreweries and clubs that stay open seriously late. It's a city that always seems to have a festival of some kind underway or just around the corner.
And it's a great starting point for seeing New Zealand - with Picton and the South Island just a ferry ride away across the Cook Strait, and the natural beauty of the Tararua mountain range and the Wairarapa region just to the north.