Things to do in while in Wellington
Te Papa National Museum
55 Cable Street
Tel: +64 4 381 7000
The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, is fascinating and fun for curious minds of any age. The exhibits are innovative and interactive, telling stories of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural and social history in new and exciting ways. Free Entrance.
Karori 6012, Wellington
Tel: +64 4 920 9213
Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Wellington you'll find Zealandia. Hidden in a suburban valley, this project aims to return a 225 hectare section of bush to its pre-human state. Take a walk and hear the songs of the flourishing native bird population. Volunteer guides help you make the most, and you can even book a night tour for kiwi spotting. Adult fee: $18.5
Discover Art in the city
Wellington is well known for the arts scene and mayor galleries such as City Gallery, Kura Gallery, Page Blackie Gallery or New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.
360- degree views from the top of Mount Victoria
Mount Victoria Lookout
Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout is a Wellington must-do. Head to the lookout and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbour, and beyond.
Located right next to the central business district, you can drive all the way up, or take a walkway through the bush-covered Town Belt.
Take a wander around the waterfront to Oriental Bay
View Map here
Wellington's waterfront is a beautifully walkable public space, dotted with cafes, parks, sculpture, bars and ice cream vendors. Join hundreds of Wellingtonians walking, jogging, skating, cycling, or crocodile biking. Stop by one of three markets on the weekend, then aim for Oriental Bay beach to have a swim or just soak up the sun.
Cruise down Cuba Street
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Home to hipsters, artists and lovers of vintage, Cuba Street is a bohemian haven with some of the city’s most colourful shops, bars and cafes. Street entertainers might play percussive guitar, put on a marionette show, or play with fire. Don't forget to get your photo of the one and only Bucket Fountain.
200 Daniell Street
Newtown 6021, Wellington
Tel: +64 4 381 6755
Ever wanted to hand-feed a giraffe, play with a mob of meerkats or stroke a cheetah’s fur? All this and more is possible at Wellington Zoo, the ‘best little zoo in the world’. Book a Close Encounter for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or just enjoy the more than 100 species of animals in the collection. Say hi to the chimps for us! Adult fee: $23
Tour of the Parliament
The Beehive & Parliament Buildings
Corner Lambton Quay & Molesworth Streets
Tel: +64 4 817 9503
Learn about one of the world's most progressive democracies on a tour of Parliament Buildings and the iconic Beehive building. Then pop over to Old St Paul's, a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture made from native timbers.
The Weta Caves
1 Weka Street
Tel: +64 4 909 4035
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the imagination and artistry behind some of the world's most spectacular movies at the Weta Cave mini-museum, right there where the special effects wizardry happens. Or put yourself in the picture with a The Lord of the Rings location tour. Adult fee: $25