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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.”
141 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”
108 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful gardens with a couple of nice cafes and great views of Wellington city from the top of the hill. If you're visiting Wellington in mid January check out the free concerts and light show in the gardens.”
97 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. ”
92 locals recommend
Cable Car
“It's iconic and has to be done - Take the cable car up the hill to the Botanic Gardens then check out the museum and take a meander through Wellington's beautiful botanic gardens”
61 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”
48 locals recommend
Café
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“Beachfront in Lyall Bay, it gets very busy on a weekend morning, so best to go early for breakfast or go for a milkshake and afternoon tea http://www.maranuicafe.co.nz/menu.html ”
73 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.”
45 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
Establishment
“Moore Wilsons Fresh is a state of the art food emporium and more. A general shoppers and foodies heaven”
69 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“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.”
51 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
Tunnel
“Iconic views of Wellington. Popular tourist spot. See my pin for Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout— with better views minus the crowds :)”
54 locals recommend
Café
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“cool little brunch spot - need to get in early as it gets busy! Milkshakes come highly recommended”
43 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
“Oriental Bay is just round the corner of Mt Victoria. Perfect place to go on a beautiful day! Discover great eateries at this magical spot!”
51 locals recommend