Top 10 Things to Do in Wellington, New Zealand
According to those in the know, Wellington is the world’s coolest capital. With a combination of excellent cultural and heritage centres, exceptional scenery, and a buzzing social scene, it really has something for everyone. Once you’ve arranged your car hire in Wellington, check out our top ten Wellington experiences:
The National Museum
The National Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa on the waterfront is top of every list of must-see Wellington attractions. Making education fun for all ages, it offers cutting-edge exhibits that tell the story of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural and social history in truly innovative ways. Admission is free, apart from some touring exhibitions.
Take the Wellington cable car to the Botanic Garden. Get two attractions in one with a trip on the funicular railway that runs between the main shopping district of Lambton Quay to the hilltop suburb of Kelburn, a suburb in the hills that rises to 120 metres above the city.
The cable car brings you to Wellington’s Botanic Garden, a lush wonderland encompassing 25 hectares of protected native forest, unique plant collections, vibrant flower beds, and stunning views of the city.
The best views of the city are available from the Mount Victoria Lookout. See boats sailing in through the harbour and aircraft taking off from Wellington Airport. It’s magical to sit on the grass and watch the sun go down and the lights of the city twinkle to life.
See the city on a guided tour. Take advantage of the locals’ in-depth knowledge of their hometown with one of the many local companies offering walking, biking, off-road, and aerial tours.
During the past five years, four winners of New Zealand’s Best Restaurant award have been from Wellington, so you won’t have to go far for fine food. Believed to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington benefits from the rich seas and farmland that surrounds it. It is also the craft beer and coffee capital of the country.
Drive your rental car just ten minutes from downtown Wellington to find yourself in Zealandia, a 225-hectare parcel of bush that has been transformed to its pre-civilisation state. Volunteer guides show you around as you listen to native birdsong. Night tours can be booked for kiwi spotting.
Have a look behind the scenes at some of the most amazing movies of recent years with a visit to the The Weta Cave, a mini museum at the five-time Oscar-winning design and manufacturing facility behind mega movies like The Lord of the Rings. Or take one of The Lord of the Rings location tours.
Beloved by hipsters, artists and lovers of vintage, Cuba Street is full of alternative shops, bars, and cafes serving some of the best coffee in town. Street entertainers keep the buzz going with music and fire eating.
On the Waterfront
Walk along the waterfront to Oriental Bay. Wellington’s waterfront is a delightfully walkable public space, scattered with coffee shops, parks, and bars. Walk, jog, cycle, or skate along with the locals. There are markets at the weekend, and Oriental Bay is ideal for a swim or for lazing in the sun.
If you’re ready to experience the world’s coolest capital, check out Nova Car Hire for cheap car rental in Wellington.