Top 5 Things To Do In Wellington
Here’s the Top 5:
Te Papa Museum
It’s a classic, and maybe a little cliché, but if there is one museum in New Zealand that you want to visit, it’s Te Papa. Aside from the awesome fact that entry to the museum is free, the national museum is also the most interactive and fun way to learn more about our beautiful little country. One of their permanent, long-term exhibitions you can’t miss is the Colossal Squid!
Walk Te Ahumairangi or Mt Victoria
The hills are key to the Wellington landscape and are home to some of the most beautiful views over the city. Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout (formerly Tinakori Hill) is historically important to Maori and European settlement and has a number of walking tracks to/from the lookout. At its highest point, the Te Ahumairangi Hill is 301m. Whilst only standing 196m tall in comparison, Mt Victoria has its own advantages. One of which is its location, right next to the central business district. It boasts stunning panoramic views of Wellington city, harbor and beyond, and can be visited by foot, bike or car.
If you’re looking to spend your day outdoors exploring, then Somes Island is the place to go. It is a tranquil retreat for both its wildlife and visitors, with a rich history; having served as a human and animal quarantine station, internment camp, and military defensive position. The island is now a Department of Conservation scientific and historic reserve. Situated in the middle of the Wellington harbor, Somes Island can be accessed on The Dominion Post ferry which runs daily.
Wrights Hill Fortress
If history is more your thing, or you’re looking for something a little bit different to do, then Wrights Hill will tick all the boxes. Completed in the final years of World War II, the fort contained a labyrinth of tight concrete tunnels, some buried as deep as 50 feet into the earth. Fun fact: the tunnels beneath the base were used as an audio palette for the Mines of Moria in Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring. The base never saw any action during the war and has since been restored and officially named a historic landmark. It is only open a handful of times during the year on certain public holidays so check out the website before making the trip.
Cuba Street Night Markets
There’s heaps of great nightlife in Wellington too! A highlight is the Wellington (Cuba Street) Night Markets. A celebration of cuisine, culture, and creativity, the night markets are on every Friday and Saturday night and are a lot of fun for people of all ages. They’re also really handy if you haven’t planned what you’re doing for dinner that night as it’s some of the most affordable and delicious food you’ll find!
With that in mind, there’s no excuse not to get out and explore the coolest little capital in the world! You’ll find a lot of Wellingtonian’s are pretty friendly too so don’t be afraid to ask if you need directions or say hi and make new friends as you explore the city.
Written by Samantha Chalmers