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Things to do in Te Aro

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Place to shop
“Delicious deli at Moore Wilson's fresh, pick a loaf, some cheese and a bottle of vino or tasty craft beer. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Place to shop
“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.”
  • 41 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
Museum
“Take the Hood St steps and you are almost there. Spend hours soaking up New Zealand history.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Tunnel
“Climb climb climb & don't miss the tree trunk where Frodo hides. Top of the mountain gives you a GREAT view of Wellington city - all within your grasp - lovely at sunset & at night. ”
  • 51 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 ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Lounge
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“It's not on Tory Street, it's on Coutenay Place. Everyone's Favorite. Best tastiest cocktails & chicest vibe. Must NOT be Missed.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Café
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“$$ Popular brunch spot with Latin American influence. Be prepared for a queue!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Museum
“The national museum of New Zealand - a must visit while in the Wellington area. Perfect for a rainy day. Free entry too!!!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Spiritual home to LOTR's and the best cinematic experience in NZ and arguably the best in the world - be sure to see a movie in the Grand Auditorium ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Take a walk along the waterfront, cross the bridge to Civic Square and soak up an exhibition or two at Wellington's public gallery”
  • 32 locals recommend
Store
“Wellington Museum shares the fascinating stories of the Wellington region. All housed within the beautiful 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Established- 1972 Location- Wellington Harbour Board Head Office and Bond Store,3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand Website- museumswellington.org.nz”
  • 22 locals recommend
Food
“Internationally acclaimed beers. Utilises an innovative approach to beermaking with continual experimentation to produce new and exciting beers. There is also a standard range which is produced regularly. Call into the taproom to taste before purchasing. Alternatively, visit the GP bar close by.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“The best little cinema in Wellington - enjoy a glass of wine and a movie :)”
  • 39 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Great atmosphere and service when you feel like a cocktail in a cosy yet sophisticated lounge”
  • 33 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Home of Lord of the Rings - beautiful old (refurbished) cinema with a GIANT screen and comfy seats. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great relaxed atmosphere, away from the main part of town. Often have live Salsa type music on the weekend ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Lounge
“It's not on Tory Street, it's on Coutenay Place. Everyone's Favorite. Best tastiest cocktails & chicest vibe. Must NOT be Missed.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Café
“$$ Popular brunch spot with Latin American influence. Be prepared for a queue!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“I used to live next to this place and would glue my eyes to their daily Insta update to taste the latest beautiful creation by their healthy French baker. Oh my goodness - years later - still in love. Not to mention the Garden at the back, and all the live music! My favorite is always those raw fruit cakes. Dairy-Free. Bake-free. Sugar-free. Guilt-Free.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Located only about a 5minute walk away - this place has delicious food and a huge range of beers. You can relax outside in the sun on beanbags while enjoying your food & drink ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“$$ Perfect for taking a night from after-dinner drinks to dancing. Laundry features frequent local DJs.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“$$$ A stripped-back brunch through dinner spot adored by locals. Great food, creative pizzas.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“NZ known, hard to find. Consistent Best Restaurant winner, menu changes frequently.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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