New Zealand’s capital city Wellington offers plenty of reasons to travel this far south. Boasting landmarks such as the Government Buildings and the Beehive, Wellington is home to some of New Zealand’s biggest cultural institutions, making it the ideal place to enjoy an evening out. Wellington has been New Zealand’s capital since 1865, making it the main place to go for all things cultural when you’re looking to escape its notorious winds. Unique experiences will be waiting wherever you look, from the city’s famous National Library and the Te Papa museum and art gallery, to the fun-filled Wellington Zoo. You can witness Wellington’s renown for film at its independent cinemas such as The Embassy, Paramount, Penthouse and The Roxy. Wellington’s live music scene has given rise to artists such as Flight of the Conchords, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Connor Mockasin, while classical music and dance can check out shows by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Wellington’s theatre scene ranges from raucous stand-up comedy and new plays to traditional Maori theatre, with St. James’ Theatre sitting at the heart of the city’s entertainment district Courtenay Place. Wellington epitomises New Zealand’s love for rugby as the city’s two rugby union teams, the Hurricanes and the Wellington Lions, both play at the mighty Wellington Regional Stadium which hosts the Wellington Sevens each February. Wellington also boasts New Zealand’s only professional football team the Wellington Phoenix, which plays in the A-League. Cricket fans should head to Basin Reserve, while basketball and netball is popular at the TSB Bank Arena.