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Mount Victoria Lookout picture in Wellington
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Mount Victoria Lookout picture in Wellington
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Every great city needs a great lookout – and Mount Victoria, which rises more than 640 feet above sea level, is the place to find that awe-inspiring, panoramic view of Wellington and its surrounds. Once you reach the summit, which you can drive or hike up year-round, you'll enjoy an awesome vista of the city, the harbor, and the rolling hills and valleys that wrap around Wellington.

Recent visitors recommend hiking up the Mount Victoria Lookout on a nice day, since the summit will leave you exposed to the elements. Most said that although there are a few steep portions of the trail, the views at the top are worth the exertion. Travelers are divided on the best time to enjoy Mount Victoria: Some said the quiet morning is the best, while others suggest arriving late in the day to watch the sun set here.

Visiting the lookout is free. The walk to the top takes a little more than 20 minutes, and you can hop on the trail in a few different places, including just off the central business district from Majoribanks Street, where you will see signs for the Southern and Summit walkways. If you want to drive, just head up Alexandra Road (which turns into the aptly named Lookout Road). There is ample free parking at the peak. You can also hop aboard Metlink's No. 20 bus from the city center. Visit Wellington's tourism website to find out more.

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The Museum of New Zealand houses some of the country's greatest art and artifacts. Courtesy the Museum of New Zealand

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This is the view that awaits travelers who reach the Mount Victoria Lookout. Steve Clancy Photography / Getty Images

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