The What to do in Wellington team are a dedicated group of locals offering an insiders guide to Wellington that’s fun, realistic and time friendly. Suggestions are based on personal experiences that will ensure you get the most out of your stay in Wellington. If you like culture, museums, art, nightlife, coffee, good food and world class wine, stay at least two nights. Click on the above headings and, depending on your time schedule, see what Wellington attractions we recommend. We guarantee they will be well worth it!
This unique and highly personal day tour of Wellington is operated by world traveller and business entrepreneur, Jerry Bridge. Depending on the weather and what your interests are, he will take you to the best places. The tour is flexible and should be pre-arranged in advance. There are also local ‘off the beaten track’ cafes he will take you too serving the very finest coffee, tea, craft beer or wine.
Many of the best things to do in Wellington are free! The city has a compact centre so it’s easy to walk everywhere. Lambton Quay, the waterfront, Courtenay Place and Cuba Street are the main areas to visit. Each offer a variety of fun things to do as well as a number of great places to eat and drink. Most Wellington attractions are also child-friendly which is good news for all the family.
Te Papa Museum is packed with traditional New Zealand arts and crafts and four child-friendly discovery centres. Highlights include the amazing First World War Gallipoli Exhibition and the world’s largest squid. Wellington Museum is situated just along the waterfront and in our opinion is a ‘little gem’. In fact, it was recently voted one of the best 50 museums in the world by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper.
The Wellington Cable Car offers spectacular views of Wellington. There are great photo opportunities and historic icons within the transport museum at the top. If you have time, enjoy the gentle walk down through the botanic gardens on your way back to the city centre. The Carter Observatory is a superb star-gazing centre, just like the UK’s planetarium at Greenwich. Here you can learn about the universe and how the world was possibly created. Fun for all the family guaranteed!
Mount Victoria Lookout offers you a superb 360 panoramic view across Wellington’s harbour and city. Make sure you take your camera with you. Zealandia is a perfect day out for the more adventurous. This ground breaking eco-restoration project is a top attraction for all nature and wildlife lovers.
The Weta Cave and Workshop should be on every film addicts agenda. Discover the hidden secrets of the movie world, from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit to King Kong, Avatar and the Adventures of Tintin.
We will advise you on where the best Wellington restaurants and cafes are that offer value and character. Our food and wine guide to Wellington recommends personally selected venues. Our suggestions of where to eat and drink in Wellington range from Wellington’s finest restaurants to the best fast food outlets.
What to do in Wellington is a local and independent information centre offering a local’s guide to Wellington. Should you require a personalised itinerary, please contact us directly.
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