Santa Monica, CA – Wellington, New Zealand is the highest ranked capital city to be featured in Lonely Planet’s ‘Top 10 Cities 2011’ list in the new Best in Travel 2011 guidebook. This is the first time a New Zealand city has been included on the list.
Lonely Planet’s Asia-Pacific Travel Editor Shawn Low said Best in Travel 2011 draws on the knowledge, passion and miles travelled by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and online community. Previously, the top 10 countries, regions and cities have been listed alphabetically, but Lonely Planet has revealed them in ranked order for the first time in its sixth edition.
Best in Travel 2011 writer Catherine Le Nevez describes Wellington in the book as “Cool-with-a-capital-C, crammed with more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York.”
“With its quaint wooden houses tumbling down a ring of hills to the city center, clustered on reclaimed land around the glittering harbour, in ‘100% Pure New Zealand’, the country’s most innovative and inspiring city might just be the ‘Best Little Capital in the World’.”
The abundance of arts and cultural events, the culinary and film scene, and the city’s attitude to sport are among the things that make the Wellington stand out. Wellingtonians also get a well-deserved mention.
“Wellingtonians are modest-as; they just figure if you’re going to do something, why not do it well?,” Le Nevez writes. “Its compact size energizes its sense of community. Locals love their city…and get a kick out of helping visitors fall in love with it too.”
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