Here you will find some suggested activities you can do in Wellington during your stay. Come earlier or stay later and enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.
CubaDupa Street Festival
24th and 25th March
Experience the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of the Cuba Quarter. Dress-up and join in the music, dance, parades and interactive areas as the line between performer and audience blurs.
The streets are closed off to make room for 7 stages and over 130 talented acts giving over 200 performances over the two days. Over 60 food stalls and outdoor licensed areas will stir the appetite as you weave through zones and roaming street acts.
Discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand at Te Papa, Wellington’s bold and innovative national museum.
A recognised world-leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences; Te Papa lets you experience the nation’s art, culture and science – all in one breath-taking waterfront location. Better still, general admission is free!
New Zealand’s geology and natural environment, and the stories of New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori, are celebrated in Te Papa’s permanent exhibitions. An exciting range of exhibitions display New Zealand’s diverse art and visual culture.
Te Papa was recently named as one of Lonely Planet’s top 500 places to see on the planet.
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.
Take a picnic with you, settle in on the hillside and relax while watching ferries and cruise ships sail into the harbour and planes fly in and out of the airport. This is also one of the best spots in the city for taking in a sunrise or sunset.
Good Food, Craft Beer & Coffee
Wellington has got an endless appetite for new cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as legendary favourites. Plus, with world-renowned coffee, vineyards up the road, and the hip hops of their craft beer scene, there’s always something delicious on hand to wash it down.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Restaurants & Bars
Sweets & Treats
Weekend in Martinborough
The wine village that’s truly on the world map for its brilliant Pinot Noir!
Explore the quaint, picturesque village square, where you’ll find several heritage buildings.
Also get out and discover Martinborough’s excellent cafes and restaurants, where menus make the most of the local produce. Many vineyards have vineyard cafes where you can make the most of the settled weather and relax outside. Most of the 20-odd vineyards are within walking or cycling distance of the village square.
Just minutes from downtown Wellington and set around a picturesque reservoir, ZEALANDIA is home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife.
Set around a picturesque reservoir, 10 minutes from central Wellington, ZEALANDIA is home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife – all thriving wild in a world-first protected sanctuary.
ZEALANDIA is an unmissable adventure for people of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds, and will keep you entertained anywhere from two hours to a whole day. ZEALANDIA is for conservation, not profit.
Weta Studio Tours & Weta Cave
Weta Studio Tours is your gateway to immersive film making experiences in Wellington. It’s also the home of the famous Weta Cave retail store, the departure hub for their tours, and a cavern of creativity in its own right!
While you’re there, wander through the mini museum – here, you can find authentic Weta-designed collectibles, prop replicas, books, jewellery, art prints, apparel and movie memorabilia, all under one roof. You can also take a seat for a short documentary about the history of movie-making on the Miramar Peninsula. It’s free and screens throughout the day.
Tours operate every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm, 7 days.
One of Wellington’s most popular tourist attractions, the Wellington Cable Car runs from downtown Wellington to the picturesque suburb of Kelburn and Wellington Botanic Garden.
Along the way, you’ll travel under the corporate towers of The Terrace, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University of Wellington. Emerging at the top, check out the lookout and Cable Car Museum or walk through the Wellington Botanic Garden. You’ll also be a short walk from Space Place at Carter Observatory.
Return trips are available or you can take a leisurely walk through Wellington Botanic Garden and historic Bolton Street Cemetery, to Parliament.
Wellington Botanic Garden
Established in 1868, the tranquil 25 hectare Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in New Zealand. The gardens are populated with native forest, plant collections, seasonal displays, and an extensive rose garden, located in the middle of the Wellington CBD.
Quickest access to the gardens via the city is by the Wellington Cable car. Panoramic views of Wellington can be seen from the lookout.