Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, yet it doesn’t give off that big vibe due to its relatively small size which boasts a compact downtown area that is easy to explore on foot.
Wellington is a feel-good place, with charm and style, the city is packed with busy restaurants and cool bars and is the undisputable café capital of New Zealand, it also has a thriving arts and music scene.
Make sure you stop for at least a day or two to explore this cute and vibrant city, there is more to it that the ferry terminal that takes you to the South Island. As it is small, it means it is easy to fit a lot in a short space of time.
There is an abundance of things to see and do in Windy Wellie (as it’s affectionately known, due to how much wind the city receives) here are our top 10 cool things to do in and around this cool little capital.
9. KAITOKE NATIONAL PARK
(I was being Legolas, pahaha)
Get out of the city and explore the suburbs, a 50-minute drive north east will take you to Kaitoke National Park which is better known as Rivendell in Lord Of The Rings, still a gorgeous park to explore, even if you aren't into LOTR
Admission- $ Free
Location- Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt 5372
8. RETRO CINEMA
A gorgeous old fashioned, retro cinema in Courtenay Place, showing all the latest films, it’s too cute to miss
Admission- from $10
Take a 60 minute ‘Introducing Parliament’ tour. Learn about the parliamentary process and NZ history whilst walking around the iconic buildings the biggest being ‘The Beehive’ name so as it looks like a giant…beehive. See the parliamentary chambers and go underground to see the ‘Base Isolator’ which are the buildings foundations which were rebuilt away from the ground, meaning it will only move a little, if any during an earthquake.
Admission- $ Free, book at least 2 days in advance, tours depart on the hour from 10am to 4pm
Location- Pipitea, Wellington 6160
6. THE GREAT WAR EXHIBITION
Interesting museum all about World War 1 ,and outside visit the War memorial
Open- 9am- 6pm
Location- Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
5. WELLINGTON CABLE CAR & BOTANICAL GARDENS