What to do in Wellington
Whether you're an art connoisseur, history enthusiast, nature-lover, or foodie, there is something in Wellington for you. Don't miss these essential Wellington destinations:
Weta Studios: It is no little known fact that Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand. Go behind the scenes of the international blockbuster, with a fun and informative tour at Weta Studios. A must for every film-buff!
Te Papa Tongarewa: For an in-depth look into Mauri art, culture, and history, take a guided tour of New Zealand's national museum. An insightful tour of Te Papa, or 'Our Place', will deepen your understanding of New Zealand's unique Maori culture.
Zealandia: Zealandia is a 225-hectare urban ecosanctuary, aiming to restore the environment on Wellington's fringe back to its prehuman state. The conservation efforts of Zealandia have successfully reintroduced over 20 native species back into the area, transforming the area into a biodiversity hotspot. It's also the only place on mainland New Zealand where you can see the prehistoric tuatara, a reptile with 65 million years of history!
Wellington Cable Car: For over 100 years passengers have been enjoying the spectacular view from New Zealand's only funicular railway. The five-minute journey will take you from the heart of Wellington to Kelburn lookout, with breathtaking views of Wellington Harbour and surrounds.
Cuba Street: Take a stroll along the bohemian Cuba Street, a 1km promenade extending from the beach. The previously derelict street is now a vibrant hub with vintage boutiques, trendy cafes, and record stores. Look out for the iconic bucket fountain, a moving sculpture of colourful buckets, but stand back on a windy day or prepare to be splashed!