The first in our series of hotspots around Aotearoa. We’ll give you a quick snapshot of what’s cool, quirky and backpacker-budget friendly in our favourite towns.
Starting with our mighty capital, read on to find out the local saying “Nothing beats Wellington on a good day” rings true.
WELLINGTON IN 5 WORDS:
Wind, Creative, Hilly, Coffee and Government.
- New Zealand’s 2nd largest city
- Population: 400,0000
- Average wind speed 14 knots (16mph): windiest city in the world
WHAT YOU NEED TO TICK OFF
Our national museum, entertain yourself for hours with the interactive exhibits, outdoor areas and mesmerising waterfront views.
An award winning conservation project that will get you up close with some of our country’s finest birds and reptiles including the iconic kiwi.
The inner city crescent of golden sand, with views out to the beautifully wild coastline. Join every other local for a spot on the beach when a sunny day hits.
Discover where the magic happens. Bringing Lord Of The Rings to life, Peter Jackson’s HQ.
WHERE TO WANDER
Cuba Street, Wellington’s eclectic and colourful main street with the famous Bucket Fountain. Rummage through the numerous thrift and vintage shops for a bargain. Sip on some of the city’s best coffee. If hunger strikes you’re spoilt for choice, especially if it’s Friday when the Night Market is on.
GOT ENERGY TO BURN?
This is a city built around craggy hills and steep terrain. You don’t have to look far to find forest trails and spectacular summit views. For starters try the dramatic Mount Victoria Lookout with 360 views of the city and ocean.
EATS & DRINKS
If you’re after the quirky, hipster-cool style bar/ eatery that Wellington does so well then check out Sweet Mother’s Kitchen southern-inspired soul food or Crumpet’s deliciously crumpets and cocktails.