Situated on the higher of two small splashes at the end of the earth, Wellington is the world's southernmost capital. Next time you're in town, make sure you bring your walking shoes and walk along the waterfront. Grab a famous Kiwi invention, a flat white coffee, before checking out Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum on the waterfront. Scale the steep-ish hills to the Mount Victoria lookout for some of the best views in town. Walk back through the Golden Mile to the Beehive, the seat of New Zealand's power, to watch the politicians in action. Then go see what they look like in puppet form at the quirky but fun Backbencher Pub. If you're green fingered, then catch the historic Cable Car up to to Botanic Gardens, 25 hectares (about 62 acres) of native forest and foliage. Drive or catch the bus out to the windy coast where you can watch the Picton Ferries ply their way through the Cook Strait enroute to the South Island.