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Best things to do in Wellington

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Wildlife sanctuary in a beautiful valley. Great opportunity to see some of the native New Zealand birdlife.”
129 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Take in the gorgeous views from the top of Mount Victoria then walk through the Green Belt (forest) into the city”
96 locals recommend
Park
“The Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand, covers 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, near central Wellington. The garden features 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, plant collections and seasonal displays. ”
88 locals recommend
Museum
“Weta Workshop’s Guided Tours will get you up close to mesmerising miniatures, props, weapons, armour, creatures, and more. Learn how physical effects are crafted by our talented team and discover interesting stories behind your favourite films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Blade Runner 2049 and Wandering Earth. ”
86 locals recommend
Establishment
“Wellington Zoo is nestled in the green belt of Wellington, New Zealand. Now over 100 years old, it was the country's first zoo and has 13-hectare (32-acre) dedicated to over 100 species of fauna from across the globe. Wellington Zoo is a significant contributor to conservation efforts including breeding programs for endangered species such as the sun bear and Sumatran tiger, as well as spreading conservation and sustainability messages to the wider community. www.wellingtonzoo.co.nz”
44 locals recommend
Cable Car
“The Wellington Cable Car is a funicular railway in Wellington, New Zealand, between Lambton Quay, the main shopping street, and Kelburn, a suburb in the hills overlooking the central city, rising 120 m over a length of 612 m. The one way trip takes approximately five minutes. ”
60 locals recommend
Café
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“Awesome atmosphere right on the beach overlooking the waves with great food - renowned. ”
71 locals recommend
Establishment
“This full supermarket is often referred to as New World Chaffers Street, even though its official address is Wakefield Street! New World Chaffers Street is about 9-10 minutes walk from City Bach. This modern, vibrant supermarket has anything you could wish for whether to feed a family, entertain, go on a picnic, or just simply self-catering if you're visiting Wellington. The delicatessen section is a winner. The food always looks to delicious. They usually give samples to try before you buy.”
42 locals recommend
Museum
“A fabulous museum - find out about New Zealand's birds, war history and what you can do to fight climate change”
37 locals recommend
Establishment
“Fresh gourmet supermarket and variety store - show where the restaurants shop”
66 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Something for everyone. A huge range of restaurants catering to all budgets, great bars etc”
56 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great relaxed atmosphere, away from the main part of town. Often have live Salsa type music on the weekend ”
48 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“The Roxy Cinema opened its doors April 1st 2011, to a star studded Opening Party with the cast and crew of The Hobbit. A testament to the creative collaboration between some of Wellington's best architects, builders, film makers, Weta Workshop artisans and designers, and a host of talent from within the hospitality industry, this beautiful building has won accolades for its authentic art deco interior design, architectural features, and also as an outstanding cinema exhibition venue.”
50 locals recommend
Tunnel
“Iconic views of Wellington. Popular tourist spot. See my pin for Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout— with better views minus the crowds :)”
47 locals recommend
Lounge
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“I go here for some delish desert..its on the 3rd storey of some dinghy entrance off Courtney Place, like a secret spot.. but dont let that fool you..., its cosy, warm and has a chillout vibe - decorated like a library with books all around and comfy sofas to lounge...cool place to hangout.. check out website for opening hours”
53 locals recommend
Beach
“Inner city beach. Walk along the parade and be seen, take a swim at the beach or local indoor swimming pool. Admire the yachts in the marina - Waitangi playground for the kids or hire a crocodile bike.”
50 locals recommend