Travel to the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island you’ll find the country’s capital city, Wellington. The city is a cultural hub, popular with both Kiwis and international visitors. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the area make sure to put these top 10 attractions in Wellington on your to do list:
1) Visit Te Papa Museum
The Te Papa is the national museum of New Zealand. It has been designed with visitors in mind and features lots of interactive displays to entertain and educate both young and old. With so much to look at and do, put aside at least half a day for this attraction. This museum is conveniently located only a short walk from the Wellington City centre and easily accessible via public transport. Budget conscious travellers will be happy to know that general admission is free.
2) Visit Weta Cave
Anyone who has watched Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit should make a trip to Weta Cave. Get a behind scenes look at Peter Jackson’s most famous movies and have your photo taken with Gandalf or a couple trolls. General admission free with the option of paying for a Weta Workshop tour. Located away from the city centre, Weta Cave is close to a public transport route and is a stop on many tourist tours. Your can book your tour here.
3) Ride the Wellington Cable Car.
This iconic Wellington attraction is over 100 years old. The cable car offers a beautiful view of the city and a first hand glimpse into Wellington’s history . Use it as a means of transport to get from the city centre to the Botanic Gardens (or vice versa) or just enjoy the ride. A great activity for families and very affordable.
4) Visit Fidel’s cafe on Cuba Street
The aptly named cafe (considering it’s on Cuba Street) offers a quintessential Wellington vibe: eclectic. The milkshakes are delicious! While you’re on Cuba Street take time to browse the quirky and boutique style shops. If you are lucky enough to be visiting in the winter be sure to check out the Cuba Street Carnival every 2 years at the end of February. Click here for more on Fidel’s
5) Visit Mount Victoria Lookout
Getting to the lookout is an activity in itself – the narrow winding roads and character houses are quite the talking point. The lookout provides panoramic views of the city and the bay. On a clear day you can see the top of the South Island. Lord of the Rings fans will be pleased again as Mount Victoria was featured in the first movie of the trilogy when hobbits were hiding from the Black Rider.