Wellington attractions

Things to do locally

  • Great selection of eateries for all price ranges

  • Bar at the local Boating Club – just over the road

    Bistro meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Village shops including great gifts

  • Historic trails & scenic walkways

  • Mainline Steam for train/engineering buffs

  • Sailing / kayaking

  • Ten pin bowling

  • Lighthouse Cinema

  • Aquatic Centre – Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua

  • Kapiti Island – DOC reserve

  • National Police Training Centre and Museum

  • Southward’s Car Museum, Paraparaumu

  • Seal Colony at Red Rocks or Cape Palliser

  • Wildlife reserves at Pauatahanui and Waikanae

  • Fishing with West Coast Charters

  • Diving centre at Paremata

  • Golf, tennis and squash

Museums and Culture

Te Papa Museum

Wellington’s iconic museum, Te Papa tells the story of New Zealand and its people. It has several floors covering the natural environment, Maori heritage and NZ culture, as well as a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

Wellington Museum

The Wellington Museum explores the history of the city and its maritime connections. Learn more about the sinking of the Wahine, NZ’s worst ever maritime disaster, and explore some of the quirkier stories from Wellington’s history.

Katherine Mansfield House

Katherine Mansfield is one of NZ’s most famous authors. The Katherine Mansfield House in Thorndon has been restored to its original layout, as it was when the author lived there with her parents and extended family.

New Zealand Cricket Museum

Located at the Basin Reserve – New Zealand’s oldest active Test cricket ground, the New Zealand Cricket Museum is open whenever there is a match on at the Basin.

Popular tourist spots & around the city

Wellington Cable Car

The Cable Car runs between Lambton Quay and the Botanic Gardens. The short ride offers outstanding views of the city & a museum at the top explains more about the cable car’s history.

Space Place at Carter Observatory

Situated in the Carter Observatory in the Botanic Gardens, Space Place is the perfect day out for budding astronomers.

Parliament Buildings

Explore the iconic Beehive or take a guided tour of the Beehive, and when government is in session, visit the public gallery of the debating chamber.

Wellington Waterfront

In the sunshine there is no better place to be in the central city than along the waterfront. Stroll along looking at the sculptures, hire a pair of roller skates or a bike or take a kayak out on the water.

Mount Victoria Lookout

Get spectacular views of Wellington city and the harbour from the Mount Victoria lookout. You can drive all the way up to the lookout or walk up through the Town Belt walkway.

Drive around the Bays

Heading out of the city centre brings you to Wellington’s bays. Dotted with stunning beaches and tempting cafes, the coast road is a great option for a scenic drive.

Cuba Street

Cuba Street is Wellington’s bustling bit of cool where locals and visitors gather to shop, drink or dine. Recognised for its vintage boutiques, art studios and eclectic restaurants.

Nature, zoos & wildlife

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo houses both native animals and a range of species from around the world. Compact enough to walk around in a few hours, the zoo is a perfect family day out.

Botanic Gardens

With nearly 25 hectares of grounds ranging from native forest to colourful floral plantings, the Botanic Gardens are a haven in the heart of the city.

Zealandia

Zealandia is a nature sanctuary in the heart of Wellington working to restore the populations of native wildlife across the country. With more than 40 species of native birds and a range of insects and reptiles, there is plenty to see.

Red Rocks Walk and Seals

The Red Rocks were formed by undersea volcanic eruptions. A walkway follows the coastline and extends round to a fur seal colony where the seals can often be spotted playing on the rocks.

Matiu Somes Island

Matiu Somes Island is a predator free wildlife reserve. The island can be accessed by a regular ferry service and there are several walks.

Otari-Wilsons Bush

Just five kilometres from the city centre, this reserve contains native plants and trees including an 800 year old Rimu. The reserve has a number of walking tracks suitable for all fitness levels.

Lord of the Rings and Weta Workshop

Lord of The Rings Tours

The Lord of the Rings films introduced New Zealand’s stunning scenery to the world, albeit often under a disguise of computer animation. Movie buffs who are keen to see the original filming locations can take a guided tour around the city and its surrounds covering several important locations.

Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop has developed into a world renowned, award-winning design and special effects company for Hollywood movies and television shows including Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Thunderbirds Are Go. Get up close and personal with some of the sculptures at the Weta Cave, or take a guided workshop tour for an in-depth look at the company.

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