Top 10 must-dos in Wellington

Mount Victoria
Mount Victoria

There's so much to see and do in the coolest little capital. To get you started, here’s our list of the top 10 things to do when you visit Wellington. This is just the start of your journey into Wellington.

  1. Te Papa Te Papa is a museum like no other. Rated by Lonely Planet as one of their top 500 places on earth, New Zealand's interactive national museum is a must-visit. Te Papa tells the stories of Aotearoa through innovative and interactive exhibitions that are fascinating and fun for curious minds of any age.
  2. Wellington Cable Car Take a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car for panoramic views over the city and harbour. For over a hundred years passengers have enjoyed the short journey between the bustling Lambton Quay and charming Kelburn.
  3. Zealandia See native wildlife at Zealandia ecosanctuary which is over a few minutes’ drive from the central city. Explore Wellington’s first, fully-fenced ecosanctuary named by Time Magazine as of the World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019.
  4. Mount Victoria Enjoy 360-degree views from the top of Mount Victoria. The best way to get your bearings of the city is by checking out the views from the top. Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout has stunning panoramic views of the city, hills and harbour.
  5. Weta Workshops Check out world famous movie-making magic at Weta Workshops. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how they crafted some of the world’s biggest films. See props and costumes crafted from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, District 9, The Chronicles of Narnia and more.
  6. Hannahs Laneway Discover Wellington’s little foodie haven one of the cities tastiest laneways. Hannahs Laneway is home to bakers, chocolatiers and pizza slingers, who work collaboratively.
  7. Cuba Street One of Wellington’s best-loved and best-known streets, Cuba Street is one if those places where everyone is welcome and feels at home. It's the home of the high/low: dine out on delicious $10 dumplings or a divine degustation at renowned restaurant, Logan Brown; see the Bucket Fountain and street art or cutting-edge contemporary art at one of the street's art galleries.
  8. Wellington Waterfront For a city perched on the harbour’s edge, it's not surprising that locals flock to the waterfront any chance they get. With a wide footpath that stretches from the Railway Station around to Oriental Bay and beyond, it's a perfect trail for walking, jogging or cycling. Along the way you’ll find sculptures to admire, spots to sit and places to dine. On sunny days, stop by Taranaki Wharf for a gelato and to watch as swimmers jump off a specially-designed eight-metre-high dive platform.
  9. Wellington Zoo Experience an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime close encounters with some of the Zoo’s endangered animals. The first carboNZero certified zoo in the world, Wellington Zoo puts conservation at the centre of everything they do.
  10. Harbourside Market On Sunday mornings, Wellington’s oldest market hosts a colourful array of food trucks and stallholders selling fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, breads and locally sourced seafood straight out of the boat
Harbourside Market. Photo: Nicola Edmonds
Harbourside Market. Photo: Nicola Edmonds

Wellington Writers Walk. Photo: Mike Clare
Wellington Writers Walk. Photo: Mike Clare


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