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50 Things To Do In Wellington

By Olivia Atkinson - 30 Nov 2015

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From caffeine loading and vineyard hopping to rooftop drinking and market feasting, there are plenty of things to do in the wonderful Kiwi capital of Wellington. The city is chock-full of things to do, from exploring Wellington’s best cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques to getting out and about in the stunning Wairarapa and Marlborough wine regions which flank this epic little city. Whether you’re a foodie, a culture vulture, a nature lover, or all of the above, we’ve round up 50 things to do in Wellington to keep you busy!

  1. Taste New Zealand’s best caffeinated beverage at Flight Coffee
  2. Visit the Garage Project lads at their Aro Valley brewery for a craft beer or two. 
  3. Embrace your inner geek at the weird and wacky (but very impressive) Weta Cave in Miramar. 
  4. Slurp on an epic Snickers milkshake at Fidel’s
  5. Spend the day at boutique winery, Poppies, in beautiful Martinborough. 
  6. Or keep driving past Masterton out to the coast, where you’ll find the spectacular Castle Point Lighthouse.
  7. Keep those legs lean on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail
  8. Hit up Harbourside Market for a taste of Wellington’s best street food and fresh fare. 
  9. While you’re there, take a look at the colourful Cable Street Shark Wall.
  10. Embrace your inner culture vulture and check out an exhibition at the City Gallery.
  11. Get your mitts around Ekim Burgers—one of the best burger spots in Wellington
  12. Soak up the rooftop vibes with sangria jugs at Basque
  13. Sip your way through Hawthorn Lounge’s bespoke cocktail list. 
  14. Have a taste of Wellington’s fine dining scene at Logan Brown
  15. Keep it classy with courtyard cocktails at Matterhorn.
  16. Give the wallet a break at Capital Market, Wellington’s international food court. 
  17. Tick off all the food groups (pizza, peanut butter, and cookies) at Hannahs Laneway.
  18. Cruise out to Lyall Bay for brunch with a view at Maranui Café
  19. Or hire a surfboard and go for a paddle.
  20. ORRR kayak or paddleboard around the Wellington waterfront.
  21. Pull up a beanbag and drink savs in the sun at St Johns
  22. Eat yourself into a Friday food coma at the Wellington Night Markets
  23. Pick up fish n’ chips from Mt. Vic Chippery and head to the Clyde Quay boat sheds for a nautical feed. 
  24. Take the historic Wellington Cable Car up to the gorgeous Botanic Garden.
  25. Work up a sweat walking up Mount Victoria. The view 360-degree views are 100% worth it. 
  26. Keep that mind active at Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. 
  27. Embrace your inner youngin’ at the Brooklyn flying foxes in Central Park.
  28. Head to Wairarapa for a day of pinot noir and boutique shopping. Match made in heaven!
  29. Jump on a bus to Lower Hutt for a day of boutique shopping, museums, and cheese tasting at Zany Zeus. 
  30. Self confessed beach bunny? Days Bay, Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay are the perfect spots for a day of sand, sun, and swimming.
  31. Satisfy those Italian cravings at La Bella Italia in Petone. 
  32. Try some of New Zealand’s best sushi at Sushi Bi on Willis Street.
  33. Go say hi to the seals at Red Rocks. Take a tour if you fancy. 
  34. Walk around the Wellington waterfront to Oriental Bay and treat yourself to a scoop of Kaffee Eis
  35. Take a selfie in front of the Beehive, New Zealand’s Parliament building.
  36. Join the hustle and bustle on Cuba Street, popping into cafes and vintage stores along the way.
  37. Watch a movie at the iconic Roxy theatre
  38.  Stock up on goodies at Moore Wilsons and head out to Scorching Bay for an afternoon picnic. 
  39. Read why New Zealand’s best writers love Wellington on the Wellington Writers Walk
  40. Watch the spectacle that is the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show, an annual fashion and arts show hosted in Wellington. 
  41. Pop on over to Leeds Street to the Hanging Ditch, a bar with bottles of liquor hanging from the ceiling! 
  42. Spend an evening at Havana Bar, one of Wellington’s best bars. 
  43. Wellington is made for walking, so discover the city on foot, stopping off for fuel (and a chat with the lovely staff) at Memphis Belle Coffee House along the way. 
  44. Or grab a slice of Tommy Millions—some of the best pizza in Wellington. 
  45. Or hire a mountain bike and tackle the stunning tracks and trails surrounding the central city. 
  46. See what all the fuss is about at Egmont St Eatery
  47. Catch the Interislander Ferry to Marlborough and explore the Marlborough Wine Trail.
  48. And while you’re there, make sure you visit Auntsfield, the region’s first vineyard. 
  49. Work off your indulgences while cycling on a winery bike tour (helmets, please!).
  50. If you’d rather be on the water, make sure you jump on a cruise around the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

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