New Zealand might not have made Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 countries to visit in 2011, but it has taken a shine to one it’s cities, naming Wellington the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ and placing it fourth behind New York, Tangier, and Tel Aviv.

So what makes Wellington so cool?

According to Best in Travel 2011 writer Catherine Le Nevez, it‘s the city’s abundance of arts and cultural events, it’s culinary and film scene, and it’s attitude to sport that make Wellington stand out.

This might surprise the rest of the world, but it’s no surprise to locals who take pride in living in this compact city jammed packed full of cafes, bars, and restaurants, world class museums, and the Beehive, a most unique parliamentary building.

Wellington can’t help but shine, especially when it’s full of quirky, innovative, and entertaining people, such as the ones who made this cool video about the city.

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.

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