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10 Must Do’s While in Wellington

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by Hertz NZ - 26 July 2017

Don’t be fooled by Wellington’s size – there’s plenty to do in the world’s coolest little capital. We’ve compiled a guide to Wellington’s top attractions so you can make the most of your stay in the windy city.

Te Papa Tongarewa

New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa boasts an impressive collection of art and cultural artefacts. Browse the permanent collection for free or check out the latest exhibition on show.

Wellington Cable Car

It’s not a trip to Wellington without a ride on the iconic Cable Car. Connecting Lambton Quay with Kelburn, the Cable Car offers easy access to the Botanic Gardens, Carter Observatory and Zealandia – as well as some stunning views of the city.

Cuba Street

There’s no better way to experience Wellington than with a stroll up Cuba Street. With top notch coffee, bars, hidden alleyways, vintage treasures, buskers and the famous ‘bucket’ fountain, you’ll want to spend all day soaking up the great vibes of this central city hub.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

Nestled down the far end of the CBD is a striking, multi-tiered building known affectionately as the ‘Beehive’. Home to New Zealand’s politicians, the Beehive and nearby Parliament Buildings are open to visitors, and offer fascinating insight into the country’s history and politics. Guided tours operate hourly (free).

Oriental Bay Beach

They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day – and on a good day, there’s no better place to be than stretched out on the golden sands of Oriental Bay beach. Stroll along Oriental Parade after a morning of shopping in the city and enjoy the harbour views. For some family fun, hire a ‘Crocodile’ bike and ride around the bays.

Weta Workshop/Weta Cave

If you’re a fan of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit trilogies, you’ll want to make a stop at Weta Workshop. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the state of the art props and special effects used in the Oscar-winning films and many other blockbusters. Guided tours run half-hourly and start at $25.

Carter Observatory and Wellington Botanic Gardens

If you’re ready for a break from all that shopping in the CBD, Wellington’s Botanic Gardens and the awe-inspiring Carter Observatory are an easy Cable Car ride away. Enjoy the local flora and fauna of the Gardens before taking a trip through the southern skies at Carter Observatory.

Mount Victoria Lookout

The perfect vantage point over Wellington city; Mount Victoria is a visitor must. Take the car (and some fish and chips) and watch the sun set over the harbour, or if you’re up for a challenge, hike to the lookout from Oriental Parade or Newtown.

Embassy Theatre

The beautifully restored Embassy Theatre is a must-visit on your trip. Admire the sweeping art deco architecture of the main theatre, or enjoy a more intimate movie-going experience at the deluxe cinemas downstairs. The in-house bar, The Black Sparrow, is the perfect spot for a pre-or-post-movie drink and bite to eat.

Wairarapa Day Trip

You’ll want to hire a car and explore the beautiful Wairarapa during your stay in Wellington. A little over an hour’s drive out of the city, the Wairarapa boasts some stunning scenic and gastronomical highlights. Explore the award-winning wineries of Martinborough, enjoy the rugged coastline of Castlepoint and Cape Palliser and browse the boutique shops and galleries of picturesque Greytown.

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