Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, situated on a wind-stricken peninsula, spread over hills and rugged shores – on the main fault line. Recently known as “the world’s coolest small capital”, there is no doubt that Wellington’s best places to stay are in great demand. Insider tips on Wellington travel guides and knowledge, learn what to do in Wellington and find the perfect place to watch, eat, stay, drink and explore!
What can I do in Wellington?
Although most people have never been to Wellington when they visit New Zealand (Queenstown and Oakland seem to have more influence for some reason), there are certain activities that can be done here.
My suggestions include:
- Visit Te Papa in New Zealand National Museum (free!) in . Here you can learn about the country’s history, geography and locals and enjoy a large number of multimedia exhibitions and exhibitions.
- Head to the top of Victoria. Take the bus to the top of Victoria, where you can enjoy 360 degree views of Wellington.
- Take the historic cable car. Head to Lambton Quay (Wellington’s main shopping district) and take the red cable car to Bontanic Gardens .
- Take a walk along the waterfront. Wellington has a great beachfront area with boat docks, beaches and cafes. You can even kayaking or sailing at the port.
- Explore ‘Wellywood’. With the “Lord of the Rings”, the scenes of “Avatar” and “King Kong” being filmed in Wellington and the surrounding area, this nickname is very suitable. Movie fans can explore Peter Jackson’s Vita Caves for unparalleled exclusive items and clothing, as well as industry secrets behind movie magic.
- Walk around the parliament building. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, which means you can find all the important government buildings here. If you are interested, they will have a one-hour parliamentary tour for free every day. However, even if you don’t travel, you can take a walk there and take a look at the Executive Wing. This slogan happens to be called the “Hive.”
- Hanging around on the streets of Cuba. Whether you are looking for a great café, shopping or watching people, the colourful Cuban Street is the ideal place to go.
- Visit the Vita Caves in the “Wellywood Caves”. Wellington is the heart and soul of New Zealand filmmaking – after all, this is the home of Peter Jackson, a very successful “Lord of the Rings” film director. Jackson also has all his studios in Wellington, and visiting the Vita Caves in Miramar will let you experience New Zealand movies.
What does Wellington eat?
Wellington is known as the “Cultural Capital” of New Zealand for good reason – there is a wide variety of cafes and restaurants. Here is my Wellington Travel Guide restaurants list.
Whether it’s a Turkish kebab, Japanese noodles, Italian pizza, French bistro, American burgers, or Mexican cuisine, you can find it in Wellington.
For a variety of international restaurants, head to Cuba Street and the surrounding area.
Some of the things I recommend include:
- Fidel’s – The right place on Cuba Street, one of the best coffee in town. A full lunch and dinner menu is also available.
- Matterhorn – Serving a full meal, drinks and imaginative snacks, the Matterhorn on Cuban Street has been voted New Zealand’s best restaurant more than once. This is reflected in its price, but it is definitely worth a try anyway.
- Sweet Mother’s Kitchen – Located in Courtenay Place, if you are looking for New Orleans-style home cooking, this is the place for you. They do Cajun food at a reasonable price.
- Monsoon Poon – If you’re looking for Asian-inspired cuisine in Wellington, this gorgeous restaurant on Blair Street is the place to be.
- Cafe Polo -Coffee Polo is located in the suburb of Miramar (all of which is made up of “Wellywood”), serving breakfast and lunch daily, designed to support local suppliers, using free-range meat and eggs, and providing organic fairness Trade coffee.
- MaranuiCafé Café – Just a short distance from Lyall Bay, this 1940s-style restaurant serves gourmet food, smoothies/shakes and coffee, and enjoys water views.
- Burger Fuel – Even if it’s not suitable for these other trendy little cafes and taverns, Burger Fuel (located in Courtenay Place) is one of the best places to go if you crave a huge burger with all the fixins.
Real foodies may also want to check out Zest Food Tours ‘ products for a true Wellington gourmet experience.
Bar in Wellington
Close to the Wairarapa wine region, the Wellington has an excellent wine bar with its bar and cocktail bar.
Courtenay Place and Cuba Street probably two of the main attractions for those looking for the night, with dozens of places to choose from.
If you want something more ambience, Tory’s Hawthorn Lounge will take you back to the 1920s with a gentleman-style club style and big band music.
And, if you want a truly unique location, check out Mighty Mighty on Cuba Street , where fashion and independent artists gather in a kitsch-filled bar and anything can happen.
Best Night View in Wellington Town
Absolutely Courtenay Place or Cuba Street (see the bar/bar above).
Courtney Place is home to many nightclubs and cocktail bars in Wellington, within walking distance of Bodega (Ghuznee), The Fringe Bar (Cuba) and San Francisco Bass House (Cuba). Famous for live music and occasional live comedy.
Wellington’s Market & Shopping
Lambton Quay is Wellington’s most popular shopping district with a variety of shops and boutiques.
As for the market, please watch the city market (indoor) near the waterfront every Sunday morning and watch the harbor market on the same day. (outdoor) .
In both, you can see the work of local craftsmen and buy fresh produce and hot food. Both are a great way to learn about Wellington’s culinary scenes.