It's official. Wellington is cool -- and not just because of the infamous southerly breezes.
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011, subtitled The Best Trends, Desinations, Journeys & Experiences for the Upcoming Year, has named Wellington, New Zealand, one of its top cities.
For the first time, in this edition, Lonely Planet's top ten countries, regions and cities are ranked in order, and Wellington scores the fourth spot in the city category. As the book suggests, this "most innovative and inspiring city might just be the 'Best Little Capital in the World'."
The writer of the rave review is Catherine Le Nevez, a lady of impeccable taste. As she observed, locals love their city, "and get a kick out of helping visitors fall in love with it too."
Aha, so all those times I have directed cruise ship passengers to the Cable Car, my efforts have not been wasted, after all.