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Wellington City | The best things to see and do ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ‘

A compact city surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy. You'll enjoy a powerful mix of nature, history, culture and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer. To give you a taste of what to expect from your visit to Wellington City, here's an overview of great itinerary ideas I've collated for you.


New Zealand's capital city and also known as our arts and culture capital. A special blend of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, fine food and live entertainment opportunities make this city a great place to visit in any season. Highlights can include:

  • Wellington Waterfront is ripe for recreation, a way to stroll from one side of the city to the other along the waters edge ๐Ÿ™๏ธ

  • you're in the culinary and creative soul of the city when you arrive in Cuba Street, home to the iconic kinetic sculpture The Bucket Fountain ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

  • take the historic trip on NZ's only public running Cable Car and take in the fragrance of the Wellington Botanic Garden ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท

  • a tranquil retreat for both wildlife and visitors Matiu / Somes Island offers wildlife-rich tracks and historic sites ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

  • offering sublime views of rugged coast the Seal Coast Safari provides encounters with kekeno/NZ fur seals ๐Ÿ“ธ

  • iconic Old St Paul's Cathedral is one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world โ›ช

  • created by Sir Peter Jackson, The Great War Exhibition commemorates the first World War in a stunning array of movie-like sets at the National War Memorial ๐ŸŽ–๏ธ

  • try popular Aro Valley brewery, Garage Project Cellar Door + Taproom where 18 taps change weekly ๐Ÿบ

  • a visit to The Beehive+ Parliament Buildings is popular with locals, but also offers insight into how we keep important buildings safe in earthquakes with base isolators ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

  • Wellington City Walkways cover a wide range of landscapes and take in scenic views of the city and coast ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

  • follow in the footsteps of hobbits, dwarfs, elves and men on a Wellington Rover Tour, providing the most comprehensive Lord of the Rings filming location tours ๐ŸŽฅ

  • head to the lookout of Mount Victoria and be rewarded with stunning views over the city ๐Ÿ“ธ

  • every Saturday The Wellington Underground Market showcases an eclectic range of stalls including the regions best artisans, designers, makers and bakers ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

  • providing wonderful insight into the rich social and cultural history Wellington Museum showcases the city's colourful history ๐Ÿ”

  • Wellington's beaches and bays don't disappoint - from favourites with the golden sand Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay to popular surf beach Lyall Bay and traditional fishing hub Island Bay ๐ŸŒŠ

  • at The Weta Cave snap a selfie with life-sized sculptures, wander through a mini museum, and watch an exclusive documentary - it's a movie lover's paradise ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿคณ

  • the world's first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary ZEALANDIA is home to rare and wonderful endemic New Zealand wildlife ๐ŸŒฒ

  • home to New Zealand's most influential theatre-makers, Circa Theatre presents powerful and captivating original theatre ๐ŸŽญ

  • passionate about connecting people with animals and saving animals in the wild, Wellington Zoo offers fun for everyone ๐Ÿพ

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ”Ž

WELLINGTON CITY AT A GLANCE ๐Ÿ›๏ธ minimum 2 night stay recommended ๐Ÿ“… visit any time of year

๐Ÿ“ย 5.5 out of 10 visitors include Wellington City in their New Zealand itinerary

๐ŸŒฆ๏ธthere is a chance of rain 3.5 days each week on average each year

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆFamily fun scores well here with plenty to keep children entertained ๐Ÿฝ๏ธFood + Wineย experiences in this region were almost always mentioned as a highlight ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ LGBTQI+ friendly ๐Ÿ‘

This part of New Zealand is home to:

Popular places: Lambton Quay, Cuba Street, Te Papa Tongarewa, Courtenay Place, Willis Street, Miramar Peninsula, Mount Victoria, Oriental Bay, Thorndon, Kelburn, Hataitai, Newtown, Island Bay, Lyall Bay, Brooklyn, Aro Valley, Wadestown, Khandallah, Karori, Tawa, Johnsonville, Makara Beach, Kilbirnie, Newtown, Northland and more...

Accessible by:

๐Ÿš— self-drive on a road trip

โœˆ๏ธ board a plane to land at 'The Middle of Middle Earth', Wellington's Airport (WLG)

๐ŸšŒtake a bus from Kapiti Coast, Manawatu, Whanganui, Hawke's Bay, Ruapehu or Lake Taupo

๐Ÿš†traverse by train from Kapiti Coast, the Wairarapa, Manawatu or Ruapehu

โ›ด๏ธtake a ferry to the South Island town of Picton in Marlborough

Be adventurous. Be spontaneous. Embrace the unknown.

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