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Top 5 things to do in Wellington

Wellington from Mount Victoria
Sculpture on Wellington's waterfront
Zealandia
Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand

Top 5 things to do in Wellington

story by: Tom Ricketts

Our capital city and named the Coolest Little Capital in the World, Wellington is an excellent holiday destination. The compact city centre means it’s easy to get around and most of the attractions are located nearby. Wellington proudly takes the Fashion capital title too, and has a thriving restaurant and bar scene to rival the best. Further afield there’s the beautiful harbour, hills and beaches to explore, as well as a great boutique wine region. There’s tons of flights to Wellington on Air New Zealand and Jetstar from around the country. What’s to do there? Here’s our top five…

Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
The fantastic Te Papa has got to be amongst the world’s best museums and a must visit when in Wellington. It’s free to visit and the permanent collection covers what seems like every moment in New Zealand history, from when we split from Gondwanaland, when the Maori arrived, then the Europeans, and everything in between. There’s also regular travelling exhibitions from all around the world and tons of interactive exhibits, perfect for the kids.

Mount Victoria
One of Wellington’s most iconic destinations is Mount Victoria. The 200 metre hill gives its name to the surrounding suburb and is easily accessible from the city. Walk up the top for the most amazing views of Wellington city, and you might even be able to spot the odd Lord of the Rings film sites too. 

Zealandia
Located in hills of Karori above Wellington is Zealandia. The entire valley is surrounded with a predator proof fence to keep its precious inhabitants, some of our rarest endangered birds, safe and secure. Once you’re inside the compound, head to the exhibition hall where you can hear the birds call, read their stories and learn all about them. Then head off into the enclosure to try and spot the real thing. There’s miles of walking tracks through the bush, or you can be led by a guide who knows where each of the birds likes to hang out. One of the highlights is two of perhaps the last 50 takahe alive, and they’re almost tame enough to eat from your hand! At night, the nocturnal tour kicks off in search of who else but the kiwi?

Wellington Waterfront
Wellington is situated around a beautiful natural harbour and much of the waterfront is wharves and reclaimed land. The city has been gradually beautifying these old wharves and turning them into people friendly public areas. There’s many walking trails, a launching area for kayaks and paddleboards, wharves lined with restaurants and bars, wharves where the kids can jump into the harbour, and all sorts of wonderful art and sculptures to be seen.

Shopping
Wellington is well known for its great shopping scene, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Of course you’ll find all your normal retailers like Glassons and Hallensteins etc, but where Wellington really shines is in its boutiques. Lambton Quay is Wellington’s main shopping strip, and you’ll be able to find plenty of fashion boutiques here alongside the famous Kirkcaldie and Stains department store. Also be sure to check out Willis Street, Victoria Street, Wakefield Street and the new coolest place in town, Cuba Street.

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