WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

3 REASONS TO GO?

THE ARTSY & ECLECTIC VIBE, THE SCENERY, AND THE FOOD

24HRS IN WELLINGTON

SEE, EAT & DO

Start the day with a trip to Cuba Street’s cafe hot spot, Fidel’s. This iconic Wellington cafe is home to some seriously good coffee and Eggs Benedict. (And there’s also a pretty sweet novelty sock shop across the road if you are looking for something a bit different).

Two options for the afternoon include: A trip to the Wellington Museum of City and Sea. Here you are immersed with Wellington’s past and present. While most tourists head straight to Te Papa, this museum is also well worth a look. It is rated one of the worlds top 50 museums. Admission is free but tours can also be organised for a small cost.

 

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A trip to Oriental Bay beach: Golden sand, ice cream trucks and ocean swimming await.
To get to both of these locations you can take a stroll along the waterfront and experience the Wellington Writers Walk. See how many of these sculptures you can find along the way.

No trip to Wellington is complete without experiencing the theatre scene. Book tickets to a show at Circa, Bats or San Fran to see why Wellington is regarded as the culture capital of New Zealand. If you happen to be travelling in April or May be sure to check out the International Comedy Festival at various locations around the city.

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SPOTS TO EAT

Situated in a courtyard on Cuba Street, is a burger bus. Yes, a bus. This is one of Wellington’s most famous food carts, which now has a permanent residence. Order your burger, and relax on the recycled bus seats in the sun and listen to live music.

 

Budget.

BYO. This is the best Chinese restaurant in Wellington. It may not look like much but the food is to die for. The best way to experience Rams is to go with a group of friends and order a range of different dishes to share. My personal favourites are the chili oil dumplings, orange beef and the salt and pepper squid.

 

Mid Range.

Sweet Mother’s Kitchen = Southern New Orleans meets Mexico in this flavour fusion of the century. If funky garage sale decor is your thing, you’ll feel right at home. Make sure you order curly fries, and a peanut butter milkshake.

 The most luxurious fish and chips in Wellington. Here you get to choose everything to do with your meal. From the fresh fish, to the batter, sauce and type of fries. This is the perfect meal to take to the beach to enjoy.

 

Mid Range.

If you have wheels, head out to Lyall bay to enjoy a coffee with a view. This old surf life saving club is home to the most popular cafe in the outer suburbs of Wellington. The food is consistently impressive whether you dine in or take away for a walk on the beach.

 

Mid Range.

INSIDER TIPS

Located on Wellington’s waterfront and is also home to the most secret bar in the city is Foxtail. To access this cocktail bar you need to head upstairs inside Foxglove and find the large oak wardrobe. Open the correct door and you will find the entrance to Foxtail, just like Narnia. Open the wrong door and you will find coats.

EVA STREET – This newly developed, more industrial part of Wellington has recently made it’s mark on the hospitality scene. Taste a craft beer at Gouldings, try a specialty soda at Six Barrel Soda, eat a woodfired Pizza at Pomodoro, and sample Wellington’s very own chocolate from the Wellington Chocolate Factory. What more could you ask for in one street?

 

THE LEFT BANK – Off Cuba Street. A great place to find cheap, delicious food and a chance to explore one of Wellington’s more traditional bookstores.

Wellington’s film industry has taken off since the release of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. This Wellington native has put New Zealand on the filmmakers’ map and has breathed new life into an industry of Wellington. This unique part of our identity can be seen in many places around the city, from the large eagle installation at Wellington Airport, to Weta Workshop in Miramar. If Middle Earth is your ideal destination, welcome.

Welly Walks: Use this as a pocket guide to the green spaces of Wellington City. It includes helpful descriptions and maps to aid you in your explorations.

 

Wellington Events app: Keep this handy when you visit so you know what is going on, and where. If you are visiting during the summer months be sure to check out the Summer City season. There are a heap of outdoor concerts and gatherings organised by the council at this time of year.

ESSENTIALS

The best way to budget in Wellington is to cut down on transport costs and walk everywhere. Another bonus is we don’t tip in New Zealand. The savings are endless!

Drink the coffee. Wellington is home of some of the best coffee and baristas in the world. Take some time to taste the variety available at the various cafes in the city. The flat white is a New Zealand favourite.

There are a range of places to stay in Wellington, from cheap backpackers to five star hotels. I recommend staying in the central city so you can make the most of your time here and explore the place on foot. Check out Wotif to find some great deals on accommodation in the central city (and other cities in New Zealand if you choose).

Taxis are usually expensive, buses are frequent but sometimes unreliable, so going by foot is best. One of Wellington’s best features is that it is so compact. You can walk from one end of the city to the other in around 45 minutes.

Slip, slop, slap is New Zealand’s sun safety mantra. Due to our lack of ozone protection, the sun is extra harsh here. When outside ensure you slip on light clothing, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. In no time you’ll be truly ready for a Kiwi summer.

There are no places to avoid in Wellington as crime is relatively low. Tourist traps are non-existent. Just use your common sense and avoid dark alleyways at night I guess…

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