Visit Wellington

While you’re in Wellington, make the most of our other amazing attractions. Try these top 10 things when you visit:

Take a tour of Te Papa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the perfect way to get an overview of New Zealand’s history, culture and taonga (treasures). Just a 2-minute walk from Tākina, you can visit the collections and exhibitions that showcase what makes New Zealand unique.

Toi Art exhibition at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Wander the Wellington waterfront

A stone’s throw from Tākina, Wellington’s picturesque waterfront offers a wide footpath that stretches from the Railway Station around to Oriental Bay and beyond. You’ll find sculptures to admire, spots to sit and enjoy an ice cream, or places to dine.

Get a taste of Hannah’s Laneway

Wellington is a renowned foodie hotspot and Hannah’s Laneway is home to some of its favourite artisan products. You’ll find award-winning craft beers at Fortune Favours, incredible cookies at Leeds Street Bakery, world-class pizza at Pizza Pomodoro and more.

Visit Cuba Street

One of Wellington's best-loved streets, Cuba Street is the home of the high/low: dine out on delicious $10 dumplings or a divine degustation at Logan Brown; see the Bucket Fountain or visit contemporary art galleries, or trawl for treasures at the vintage shops.

The Wellington Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street. Credit: Celeste Fontein.

Explore Wellington’s wildlife

If you’d like to spot native wildlife, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne is the world’s first fully fenced urban ecosanctuary, a 225-hectare conservation project that’s home to species from kiwi to tuatara. If you’re looking for something more exotic, take a wander through Wellington Zoo.

Twilight tour at Zealandia

Witness Wētā Workshop’s movie magic

Discover why Wellington became known as Wellywood and step into the art and magic of film making at Wētā Workshop. Enjoy a guided tour at of the place where imaginary worlds come to life via monster making, prosthetics and costumes, and visual effects.

Ride the Wellington Cable Car

For a spot of charm and history, alongside awesome views, ride the Wellington Cable Car from the heart of the city centre, up the hillside to the lookout for stunning vistas and easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, and Space Place at Carter Observatory.

Sample Wellington's nightlife

Venturing out into the capital’s vibrant night scene. There is an abundance of bars and local clubs all a within a short walk in the CBD. With more eateries per capita than New York City, your tastebuds will definitely be tantalised by the dining options on offer.

Dirty Little Secret rooftop bar. Credit: Celeste Fontein.

Admire art and culture aplenty

Wellington is home to national arts companies, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which perform regularly. You’ll also find award-winning museums, more than 50 galleries and a trail of street art and sculptures.

Enjoy the views from Mt Victoria

Get your bearings of the city by checking out the picture-perfect panoramic views from the top of Mount Victoria, rising 196m above the city. You can drive to the top of Mt Vic or walk there via one of the many trails in the Town Belt.

For directions, bookings, and more amazing ideas, visit the Wellington i-SITE