1 September 2017

10 things to do in Wellington, New Zealand

The capital city of New Zealand is my spiritual heart (I fell in love whilst at university there) and with more cafes per capita than any other city in the world, it always feels like home. Walking down Wellington streets, my mind overlays so many memories - and I'm always amazed at how after a decade I still know how to get around without a map. I suspect it is indelibly etched on my heart.

10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi
10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

I could actually suggest a zillion different reasons to visit Wellington, but for me, the most important ones are my brother, sister-in-law, two rosy cheeked nephews and my best friend (who I managed to also get to see up in Auckland!). Even if you don't possess such filial ties, Wellington is a brilliant city.

Capping off the bottom of the North Island, and overlooking the Cook Strait towards the hills and valleys of the South Island, Wellington is a compact city surrounded by tree shrouded valleys and hills. 

10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

1:- Sit on the harbourside and people watch.
Honestly, it is one of my favourite things to do, coffee in hand. Simple things huh?

10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi
10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

2:- Brunch. 
I have so many recommendations of old classics that I wrote an entire post of my favourite Wellington brunch spots. Wellington brunches are simply at a sublime level of flavour and inventiveness - and that's before we even begin to look at the delectable dinner options.

10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi
10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

3:- Explore Te Papa Museum.
Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum and gallery. You can explore the great treasures and stories of my home country – the unique natural environment, Maori culture, art heritage, and fascinating history. There are always innovative and interactive exhibitions both changing and permanent - I always lose hours here.

10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

4:- Meander along the quays and do a little shopping.
There is art on practically every corner and excellent coffee on every other. What more could a person ever need?

10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi
10 things to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

5:- Ride the cable car up to the Botanical gardens and nibble a picnic.
Once you're there, I'd also recommend stargazing and check out the amazing planetarium show at Carter Observatory. There are exhibitions that explain the significance of Matariki and the role of the star cluster for the Māori New Year, and the importance of the stars in Polynesian and Māori navigation.

6:- Take in a Parliament tour at the Beehive. 
Our national seat of governance is infamous for having a tractor driven up the steps in protest of a methane tax. Because, New Zealand... I'm also rather proud that it is where women were granted the vote - we were the ifirst

What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

7:- Visit the Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street.
You get bonus points if the university students have poured dishwashing liquid to bubble it. Many of the more bohemian shops and characters inhabit Cuba Street - I have vivid memories of juggling fireballs here as a student.

What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

8:- Hike up the steep lanes of Wellington Zoo.
Not only do the animals have amazing views over the valley, there is a great kiwi exhibition and they have several unique animal experiences - I got to pat a Lion a few years ago.

What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi
What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

9:- Visit Weta Workshop.
Get an inside peek into Wellywood at The Weta Cave in Miramar - it is the multi-award winning special effects workshop set up for filming Lord of the Rings. Did I mention that I was in one of those films as an extra? It's usually my party piece. (Nb: image is unrelated, but of my gorgeous, tousled haired nephew.)

What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

10:- Pop around the harbour to Petone.
Not only is the train ride stunning as you skim the sea, Petone is becoming a real foodie hub with fantastic cafes and restaurants. We popped into Comes & Goes for an exquisite array of brunch dishes.

What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi
What to do in Wellington New Zealand Adventures of a London Kiwi

I do have a little disclaimer to sneak in - the weather in Wellywood can be extremely tempestuous and living there you soon learn to walk sideways, but with the fantastic vibes, the bohemian underbelly and really friendly atmosphere it is well worth a visit. And on a sunny day? The city is utterly unbeatable!

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