We took a bus to Wellington – the capital city. With a population of mere 400,000, this city has a very different kind of vibe as compared to Auckland. Te Papa museum (free entry) is a good place to go to for a couple of hours to understand something about the history and geography of the country. Wellington has some great nightlife scene – Cuba Street and Courtenay Place are two adjacent streets where all the action happens. Pub-hopping is a great way to have a good time with friends.