When most people think of New Zealand, they automatically picture cities like Queenstown or Auckland. However, one of the best and most exciting cities for tourists to visit is Wellington. In particular, this city has plenty of places to see, stay, eat, drink and of course explore. Check out some of the must-see places and things to do in Wellington below.
1. Te Pepa
If you’re new to the Wellington area, you have to check out Te Papa. Te Papa is a free national museum, where you can learn more about Wellington’s history and geography, as well as the people who inhabit this space. There’s also plenty of interesting presentations, exhibits and displays to check out here in all sorts of media forms. It’s great for all ages, so gather up the family and take a ride here.
2. Mount Victoria
There is no view quite like the one you’ll get atop of Mount Victoria. Whether you choose to catch a bus or rent a car from Europcar, when you get to this point, you’ll get a one-of-a-kind, 360 degree view over all of Wellington. Here, you’ll be left breathless thanks to this stunning scene.
When you’re hanging out in Wellington, the waterfront area is another hot spot you have to stop by. That’s because, in this location, you’ll get a fabulous view of the ocean. Here, you’ll be surrounded by boat docks and beaches. There’s also plenty of cafes around here, so you can grab a bite to eat, while taking in the sites and sounds of the water. You’ll even have the option of kayaking or sailing in the harbor on this Wellington waterfront.
Since Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, there are lots of government buildings located here. In fact, most of these Parliament buildings offer free, hour-long tours every single day. However, if you don’t want to take a tour, that’s fine too. You can always branch out on your own. The Executive Wing is open to the public at various times daily.
4. Weta Cave in Wellywood
Wellington is also known for their movies, since most of New Zealand’s filmmaking is done here. Actually, Wellington is the home of Peter Jackson, who is known for directing the super successful “Lord of the Rings” films. Jackson has his own studios in Wellington, so if you take a trip to the Weta Cave in Miramar, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse into one of New Zealand’s films.
5. Cuba Street
Cuba Street is a fantastic spot in Wellington for all ages. That’s because this area is the home of various cafes and shopping centers. That means you can come to Cuba Street to eat dinner at one of Wellington’s top-rated restaurants or shop the night away at our of their high class boutiques. Of course there is also the option to just simply people-watch here. Cuba Street is colorful and entertaining, so you definitely don’t want to skip it.
6. Historic Cable Cars
Located in Lambton Quay, which is Wellington’s major shopping area, there are historic cable cars that you have to take a ride on. These red cable cars are a staple in Wellington, and they’ll even take you straight to the Botanic Gardens.