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Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, which is located very close to Australia, in the south-western Pacific Ocean. Out of all the urban areas in New Zealand, Wellington is the third most populous one. Close to 400,000 people call Wellington home; countless others call Wellington a great traveling destination.

Windsurfers in particular call Wellington a good traveling destination. Here are main reasons why they do so:

  • The locals call Wellington “Windy Wellington”, which is like an advertisement that Wellington is a great windsurfing location. The best months to go to Wellington for wind are January, February, October, November and December. Here’s a top tip: when you see low lying clouds to the south, you can be sure it will get pretty windy. Speaking of winds, it must be said that the wind starts in the morning and picks up during the course of the day (the winds in Wellington are not trade winds; the wind comes from high and low fronts).
  • The local windsurfers are incredibly friendly. It is not unusual for some of them to even ask you over to their house to chat about windsurfing. 
  • The best locations for some wave action are Plimmerton and Lyall Bay.
  • When you’re done windsurfing, you can go out to a nice restaurant or café and enjoy the culinary treats Wellington has to offer. There are literally hundreds or restaurants and cafés to choose from. If after eating you feel like partying, you can have a taster of the Wellington nightlife.

A word of warning: protect yourself from hypothermia. Wetsuits are a necessity because the water temperature is rather low.

There are plenty of other things you can do in Wellington besides windsurfing. Biking, hiking, swimming, visiting lakes and ponds, surfing, kayaking, river rafting, and bungee jumping are just some of them.

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