10 Awesome Things to do in Wellington

1. Zeelandia by Night

The Zeelandia urban eco-sanctuary is an amazing place to see New Zealand’s most iconic animals at any time, but joining their night tours is a next-level adventure. Given that many of the most elusive icons you’re going to want to spot are largely nocturnal, this guided tour by torchlight is your best bet to see these creatures in the wild at the time they’re most likely to be active.

2. Museum Meanderings

The Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa has a vast collection of artefacts that bring Wellington’s history to life. Their interactive Gallipoli show is not to be missed, and their exhibits showcasing Māori culture are second to none. Art, nature, science and history come together here to create an unforgettable experience.

3. Weta Magic

Weta Workshop is where Movie Magic happens – from the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit to King Kong they’ve been involved in some of the decade’s biggest blockbusters. Their studio and workshop tours give you an intriguing behind the scenes glimpse, so you can see how these talented creators weave their spell.

4. Soar up in the Cable Car

Wellington’s bright red cable car is adored by locals and visitors alike, and is a must-do while you’re in town. The amusing clickety-clack and the panoramic views make it a fun time for the whole family. If you’re seriously into these little red wagons, then check out the Cable Car Museum as well.

5. Come to the Space Place

The Carter Observatory has a fantastic multimedia exhibit called “Space Place” that explores New Zealand’s skies and forays into the unknown. The Planetarium show lets you see a whole range of intriguing celestial bodies with expert commentary. For a truly unique souvenir, you can “Adopt a Star” here – the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

6. Wander the Waterfront

Wellington’s waterfront is a relaxed place full of great cafes, and you can even take a dip here if you’re prepared to brave the chill. Local highly trained daredevils plunge into the sea here from an eight-metre high platform, which is a sight to see, but most visitors are happy walking, jogging or cycling by the water – with regular gelato and coffee stops of course.

7. Close Encounters

Wellington Zoo is a great day out, but for something really special, take advantage of their Close Encounters program. Get up close and personal with lemurs, capybaras, cheetahs, meerkats, red pandas or giraffes while your friendly guides tell you everything you want to know about these fascinating creatures. As the world’s first carbon-neutral zoo, these guys take their conservation and environmental activities seriously, so you’ll be supporting a good cause with your visit here.

8. Market at the Harbourside

Wellington’s oldest and most popular market, the Harbourside Market happens every Sunday, with extended hours in the summer months. There’s fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers here, Deli stalls and an arts and crafts market too. It’s the best place to come for fresh food and handmade homewares.

9. Cuba St Feasts

Cuba Street has a whole range of restaurants, from cheap eats to some of the fanciest places in town, so take your pick and experience something delicious here at least a few nights of your stay.

10. Hobbiton Wanderings

If you’re any kind of Tolkien Fan you can’t visit Wellington without checking out The Shire. This movie set became an immediate tourist sensation ad has been lovingly maintained since its use in the films.