Things to do in Wellington, New Zealand

Surrounded by spectacular scenery and packed with living history and exciting ‘must dos’,  Wellington is a one-stop destination for adventurers, foodies and culture lover’s alike. From the sparkling harbour to the inner-city wine bars, bistros and inspiring Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, you’ll find things to do in Wellington that keep the surprises coming. 

Fun things to do in Wellington

The Wellington Cable Car. Image vis Graeme Murray
The Wellington Cable Car. Image vis Graeme Murray

 In Wellington things to do come easily. Treat yourself to a tour of Weta Cave – home to the creative forces that brought us such popular cinematic juggernauts as the Lord of the Rings, Avatar and King Kong. Find out about the movie-making magic and discover a trove of film props. 

For some of the best views in Wellington, jump aboard the Wellington Cable Car and let yourself be wooed by the scenery. This ride takes you from the heart of the city through to a lookout perched at the Cable Car Summit. This attraction will also give you easy access to the Cable Car Museum and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, home to 25 hectares of native forest and seasonal displays. 

The Cable Car also drops you off at a free shuttle to Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne. Situated in a valley teeming with wildlife, this eco-sanctuary is home to over 40 rare species of wildlife, including rare birds such as the hihi, kākāriki and takahē and prehistoric reptiles such as the tuatara. 

Lively bars and restaurants in Wellington

Take your tastebuds on a tour they won’t forget. Home to rich surrounding soils that yeild abundant fresh produce, Wellington hits the sweet spot for wineries, breweries, markets and gourmet delights. Sample some modern cuisine at the popular eateries such as Boulcott Street Bistro, Daisy’s and Eating House. Famed for its seafood, Shed 5 is perfectly positioned on one of the oldest wharf stores in Lambton Harbour.  

Enjoy more harbour views with some artisanal fare that the long-running Harbourside Market. Spilling with fresh seasonal produce and packed with hot food trucks, these great markets are held every Sunday morning. This markets has been serving some of the region’s finest since its humble beginnings in 1920.

Just over an hour’s drive north of Wellington you’ll also find Ohau Wines. Famed for its award-winning Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, you can visit the cellar door 7 days a week to taste it for yourself.  Planning ahead? Don’t miss the Wellington Food and Wine Festival – this annual event also serves the best of local cuisine alongside live music and entertainment every December.

Incredible art and heritage in Wellington

Immerse yourself in  Wellington Museum one of the top 50 museums in the world, sharing fascinating stories of the city and the region across four floors. Te Papa Tongarewa is a renowned gallery home to incredible interactive exhibitions that take you on a mesmerising deep dive into local history and storytelling. 

20 minutes from Wellington, Pātaka Art + Museum celebrates Māori, Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand culture. Step into a fascinating world of priceless heritage and learn about the stories that make the region. In July and catch the Matariki ki Pōneke Festival, a vibrant two-week festival of exhibitions, workshops and events, showcasing the best Māori talent in the country.

Where to stay in Wellington

Quality Inn The Angus New Zealand
Quality Inn The Angus New Zealand

Situated in Lower Hutt CBD Quality Hotel The Angus is in a great location only moments from Wellingtons best sights and attractions. The hotel is also just half an hour from Wellington International Airport. 

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