If you’re thinking about spending your vacation in New Zealand, don’t miss out on these specific things that I call Wellington things – like, visiting Weta Cave, a popular and free destination for the fans of King Kong, The Lord of the Rings, Thor – the cable car experience, Te Papa Museum, etc.
Wellington is located in the South Island of New Zealand. Apart from being the busy place, the city has on offer beautiful walkways, beaches, museum, gardens, and much more.
In short, there are so many things to do in Wellington that’ll make you fall in love with the place.
So, without further ado, here is a list of places to explore, and things you can do in the Kiwi Capital.
12 Best things to do in Wellington
As one of the best places to visit in New Zealand, Mount Victoria offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Either take a cab or a walkway to reach Mount Victoria Lookout and enjoy the views of the Hutt Valley, Tinakori Hill, Matiu/Somes Island and the Eastern harbor, etc. from 196 meters above the ground level.
Since we are talking about mountains, Mt. Kaukau is a worth-exploring spot. It offers a great view from the top, and of course, lots of opportunities for selfies. You can take Northern Walkway or take a short route from Simla Crescent to reach Mt. Kaukau.
The Te Papa Museum
A visit to the Te Papa Museum will not only add excitement to your New Zealand vacations, but you’ll also learn quite a few things about New Zealand’s cultural, geographical and social history. General admission is free while some exhibitions inside the museum require an entry fee.
Don’t Miss the Cable Car Experience
As part of Wellington’s premier tourist attractions, the historic Cable Car starts its journey from Lambton Quay located at the center of the city. It’ll take you through to the Tower of the Terrace, followed by Kelburn Park and Victoria University, and finally ends in the Kelburn’s suburbs. The cable car departs every 10 minutes.
If you’re in Wellington, there’s no way you can avoid this attractive-looking walkaway that’ll take you to the Oriental Bay. Along the way, you can find so many cafes, bars, and ice-cream vendors that’ll make your list of things to do Wellington very long. If it’s a weekend, you can stop by the weekend markets to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family.
Oriental Bay Beach
Oriental Bay is located in the Inner Harbour. The place is ideal for picnic and relaxation. You can enjoy swimming in the water or cycling on the waterfront. You can head to the Freyberg Pool and Fitness Center where you can get all the necessary facilities – like changing rooms, toilets, cold showers, etc. Or you can spend a while near the Carter Fountain that activates and stops on its own.
The Red Rocks
The Red Rocks Walkway can be a great addition to your list of places to visit in Newzealand. By the way, this walkway is not just popular due to its rugged coastline, seals (from April to October) and other geological features, but also because of the spots where Lord of The Rings was filmed.
A Trip to Outer Suburbs
Places like Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Kapiti are the not too far away from the city center. They feature some over-the-top sites and spots where you can spend a relaxing time. They’re covered with forest and feature walkways for the hikers and are full of natural habitats – plants and wildlife. Better take a local guide to learn and visit different spots in those locations.
While you’re in the suburban valley, don’t forget to visit the Zealandia sanctuary that features birds and reptiles that will take you back in the pre-historic times. The iconic tuatara lizard found in these bushes is the only species left from the dinosaur age.
While talking about wildlife and animals, how can we miss Wellington Zoo? It’s a great place to have a close encounter with Giraffes, Meerkats, and lots of other lovely creatures. Although it’s not that big, but big enough to showcase 100+ animal species.
The Fun Indoors
Do you know Wellington has got more restaurants and bars per person than New York City? Apart from the natural beauty outdoors, there’s so much of Wellington indoor fun to keep you up all day. Courtenay Place features popular bars like Mishmosh, The Bangalore Polo Club, Electric Avenue, and The Residence that are hard to miss.
If you like shopping, then you’ll find yourself exploring Cuba Street most of the time. Here, you’ll find artists, art-lovers, hipsters and vintage lovers most of the time. Apart from the most colorful shops, cafes, and bars, and top dine-in Newzealand spots, Cuba Street also gives a great opportunity to enjoy live performances of street artists for free.
With most of the places covered in this post, there’s always a room for a little bit more since there are so many things to do in Wellington. So, make sure you have a flexible schedule when you visit the Kiwi Capital.