Planning your next vacay? Choosing the right destination can be tricky business. It’s no secret that we’re rather fond of Wellington, our Kiwi cousin’s capital city, and with good reason; Wellington is New Zealand’s go-to spot for everything food, drink, culture and art related—the perfect combo of activities during a great getaway. And with summer just around the corner, we can’t think of a better place to spend it.
We’ve counted down the top 5 reasons Wellington should be the next spot on your travel hit list.
1.Wellington’s streets come alive
Wander the streets of Wellington (we say wander because it’s so bite sized, you can walk everywhere) and you’ll stumble upon a piece of art around almost every corner. Street art lines the walls of this city, from the Shark Wall artwork on Cable Street, which calls for action against shark finning, to the colourful and Instagrammable murals in parking lots and down alleyways. Or, if you’re a fan of the written word, head down to the harbour and check out Wellington Writers Walk—a series of 23 concrete text sculptures run along the waterfront, with quotations by famous Kiwi writers, spelling out their love for the city.
Wellington’s Cuba Street is always bustling with music, performers, street eats, and an awesome atmosphere. It’s the heart of the city and should be one of your first stops!
2. It’s the ultimate foodie destination
We previously decided that Wellington is the coolest food hub at the mo’, but that’s not going to stop us from giving you another reminder as to why. With a café culture good enough to give Melbourne’s a run for its money, a seriously impressive bar scene, and hundreds of awesome eateries dotted around the city, Wellington is a must visit for foodies. Make sure you go to Wellington’s legendary Harbourside Markets, and hit up Garage Project for some well deserved holiday brews.
3. It’s perfect for day trips
While we love Wellington City itself, there’s also plenty to do in the surrounding area, so hire a car and go on a roadie. Just a 20-minute drive from the city is Lower Hutt, where you’ll find museums, gorgeous shore-side ‘burbs, and delicious restaurants and cafes. The Dowse Art Museum showcases the best of quirky contemporary art in the region with exhibitions from local artists and beyond.
Jackson Street in Petone is a unique spot for a bit of boutique shopping or a bite to eat. Cheese lovers, look no further than Zany Zeus, a boutique cheese store in Moera, or for authentic Italian food, La Bella Italia on Nevis Street serves up some of the best pasta in the Wellington region.
However, if you’re keen to keep driving (or catch the ferry from Wellington City), Eastbourne is not to be missed. This seaside village catches the sun’s summer rays, and has some of Wellington’s best beaches.
And who said holidays were just for eating and drinking?
4. It’s home to one of the world’s best wine regions
Wine time is always a good time, and Wellington has an incredible wine region on its doorstep—Marlborough. This is New Zealand’s largest wine region and, in our humble opinion, one of the most exciting and beautiful places on earth for wine fans to explore. Go on a bike tour through the vineyards, join the fun at a wine festival, or hop from winery to winery, sampling some of the best wine in the world.
5. Its creative culture will blow your mind
Kiwis are known for their creative, can-do attitude, and Wellingtonians are the best example of this in action. Located on Wellington’s waterfront, Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, telling the story of Kiwi history in an interactive way. Lord of the Rings fan? Visit the place where it was brought to life. Weta Workshop in Miramar is a world-leading design and effects studio, where you can see the props and costumes of your favourite Middle Earth saga in the flesh.
On the other side of the art spectrum, World of WearableArt™ is an annual event where fashion and art collide. If your next holiday is in the pipeline for the end of September next year, you’ll want to head to Wellington. The World of WearableArt™ show runs from 22 September to 9 October, which brings garment artists and designers together from all corners of the globe.
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