Everything you need to see in Wellington, New Zealand.





I said Kia Ora to Wellington only in August and I have fallen in love with this weird and wonderful city! It really has everything. You get to live in the city without the usual, overwhelming hustle and bustle of big cities such as Sydney or London. My favorite thing is that you are never more than a stones throw away from a beautiful view of the hills or the water but with all the convenience of city living!


So whether you're in Wellington for a few days, weeks or months here are some of the places and sights you should check out whilst your here.

Places to Eat & Drink.

If you have the time or budget to be grabbing some food or heading out for a drink some really great places to check out are

  • Eva Beva- Hands down the best brunch I've had whilst on my travels you have to try their Eggs Benedict it will get you through a day of walking around the city
  • Ivy bar- If you are wanting a night out to remember check out Ivy, a fantastic gay bar with a phenomenal drag scene, head on a friday to check out some amazing performances from the likes of Claire Voyant & Lily Loudmouth.
  • Memphis Coffee- Looking to grab a coffee to go? Memphis is the place to go with amazing coffee and excellent people serving it to you 
  • Hell Pizza- eat in or take away, Hells has it all from Pizza to Pasta to Lamb Shank, Mash & gravy DELICIOUS 
  • The Dumpling Company- SO many great dumpling places in Wellington if you happen upon a The  Dumpling Company definitely head in
  • Fidel's- Another great brunch spot with beautiful outdoor areas to catch the rays in 
  • CGR Merchants & Co- Fancy a quiet spot with delicious cocktails? head to CGR, agreat rum bar with something to tickle everyone's fancy 
  • Hawthorne Lounge- If you love cocktails with love in them check out Hawthorne's, if you're not really a cocktail person just talk to one of the bar staff tell them what you usually and they'll whip you up something weird and wonderful that you're bound to love


Tours


A lot of tours that you can pay for Wellington are places that you can just go check out yourself if you don't particularly want a tour guide walking you round but something definitely worth the $28( NZD) is the Weta Cave Workshop Tour you get to check out where Weta makes all their prosthetic s, weapons, props, sets for films such as a little know Lord of the Rings trilogy, District 9 and niche cult classics such as Meet the Feebles and Black Sheep. The tour guides are great and can answer almost any film buffs questions. Super interesting insight in to how the big screen productions are brought to us and the breathtaking amount of detail that goes in to their work.



Museums


Te Papa- The one museum you have to check out in Wellington is of course Te Papa. It's completely free to walk around and open until 6 everyday! There are some exhibitions you have to pay to see. We paid to see the Gallipoli exhibition and it was worth every penny it was amazing and humbling and completely stunning.



Lookouts

Wellington is amazing for just heading out your door and going for a beautiful walk, all within walking distance of the city centre you can head up and check out

  • Mount Vic- Walk up and check out the view of the whole of Wellington watch the planes fly in over you.
  • Cable Car- A must do is the cable car that runs every 10 min 7 days a week for $7 (NZD) return, head up to summit that leads to a beautiful view and to the botanic gardens
  • Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout- A little less know, so a little less busy! Take a wonder and check out the views you may even spot a feline friend who likes attention of tourists. Picture Perfect
  • George Denton Park & Polhill Reserve a gorgeous quiet walk that will lead you up to the wind turbine with a stunning view and if you fancy a bike track for you to ride along



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Outdoors

A view around every corner, not up for hill climbing here are some outdoor spots you should most certainly have to go see!

  • Oriental Bay A beautiful walk with a little beach go dip your toes in the water and soak up the views
  • Days Bay (ferry) If you head to the waterfront you can jump on a ferry and head of to Days Bay, the ferry ride is a beautiful way to sock up the views of Wellington, then chill out at the beach and jump of the pier in to the water, a lovely day out away from the city!
  • Botanic Gardens Just head up in the cable car and check out the gardens idyllic and peaceful and just a bloody lovely way to spend an afternoon!
  • Waterfront You can't miss it! Wellington's waterfront is such a nice walk I often catch myself self taking the long way home just so I can walk down the waterfront, as someone from England I just love that I can be in a city then breathing in the sea air minutes later. And on a hot day head down and take a dive from the jumping board!
  • Somes Island If you take the ferry to Days bay it will also stop off at Sommes Island half way which is lovely weekend afternoon, take a stroll round the island and take a picnic and relax you'll only need a few hours there so sleep in and head over mid day, can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday.

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Shopping


Wellington Underground Markets- A must see in Wellington, right on the waterfront head over on Saturday (10am-4pm) or Sunday (Sep/Oct/Dec 10am-4pm) grab a coffee and have a wonder round the stalls featuring arts & crafts, clothes and other bits a pieces, there's also a good selection of food stalls to take your pick from.

Night Markets- Right in the heart of the city on Cuba st head over to the night markets and take it all in. Every Friday and Saturday- it's the perfect evening stroll. I got some pretty cool jewelry and some amazing churros and choc sauce from one of the food stalls!


Recycle Boutique & Paper bag princess- If your looking to add to your wardrobe on your travels, Wellington is the capital of the Op shops, slowly quickly but surely my entire wardrobe is becoming solely from these shops amazing finds and amazing prices! They also have some incredible vintage pieces for you to have a nosey at! They have everything from Asos to Chanel to Kate Spade.


Things we haven't done but plan to see


We have been here a while and still haven't got round to seeing everything we want! A couple of places I want to go see include Red Rocks & Zealandia


Is there anything I missed or anything you want to go see? Let me know in comments! I would love to hear from you!

Sash



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