Where to Wellington

Gardens galore, native wildlife, magical movie experiences, culinary excellence, boutique shopping, and trails to suit any exercise level. Wellington deserves more credit than simply its notorious wind.

Head to one of the many spots offering animal encounters or gorgeous gardens, such as Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne. These experiences often make a great day trip. If staying close to the city is preferable, art gallery or museum-hop, with a coffee in between.

Discover the special effects and props behind films like The Hobbit at Weta Workshop, or enjoy the scenes that accompany one of Wellington’s many walking tracks. Considered a rite of passage for all visitors, the Wellington Cable Car boasts panoramic views from the red carriages, which have been in operation for over 120 years.

Whether it be a history lesson, a close-up with cute animals, or art like no other, there is bound to be something to catch your eye.

A wonderful day out is made even better when returning to your hotel and cosying up in bed with a hot drink and a movie, or relaxing in the jacuzzi with a wine.

From designer fashion and department stores to knick-knacks and markets, it is best to leave space in your suitcase when packing for a trip
to the capital.

Wellington’s ‘Golden Mile,’ connects Courtenay Place, Lambton Quay, Willis Street, and Manners Street, and homes a list of local and international fashion. Cuba Street offers a funky vibe with vintage stores and eclectic boutiques to get your shopping groove on, and plenty of fun cafés to refuel.

The city holds a market on Friday nights, two on Saturday mornings, and one on Sundays. Sometimes, the markets will be where you find what you are looking for, that wishlist garment or just the right gift.

One thing Wellington may be more associated with than being New Zealand’s windiest city is its food. Many food critics have credited the accolade to its chefs, and the range of cuisines on offer, both close to and a short drive out of the city.

Take yourself on a culinary tour, taste-testing a new restaurant or café each breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If it’s steak, a seafood feast, or the perfect pasta, chances are you will find the right place in this cuisine scene.

The range is that delicious, you will consider a flight back for another taste.

Not just top-end restaurants, Wellington is home to some incredible roasteries, such as Supreme Coffee and L’affare, for those in between sightseeing pick-me-ups.

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