Discover Our Stories at Te Papa
Overview: Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences.
A recognised world-leader in interactive and visitor focused museum experiences, Te Papa lets you experience the nation's art, culture and science - all in one breathtaking waterfront location. Better still, general admission is free!
New Zealand's geology and natural environment, and the stories of New Zealand's indigenous people, the Maori, are celebrated in Te Papa's permanent exhibitions. An exciting range of exhibitions display New Zealand's diverse art and visual culture and top-rating international exhibitions tour regularly.
Te Papa's event programme also features free events and entertainment, performances, floortalks, lectures, and more.
Te Papa was recently named as one of Lonely Planet's top 500 places to see on the planet.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am - 6pm (closed on Christmas Day)
Fee: General admission - Free; Introducing Te Papa tour - Adult: $20, Child: $10, Family rate (2 adults 2 Children): $50. Purchase tickets at the Level 2 Information Desk.
Address: Te Papa 55 Cable St Wellington 6011
Enjoy 360-Degree Views from the Top of Mount Victoria
Overview: Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout is a Wellington must-do. Head to the lookout and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbour, and beyond.
Located right next to the central business district, you can drive all the way up, or take a walkway through the bush-covered Town Belt.
From the top, enjoy the views of Tinakori Hill, the Hutt Valley and Eastern harbour bays, Matiu/Somes Island and the Miramar Peninsula. Beyond are Baring and Pencarrow Heads and further to the right, Wellington’s Southern suburbs and Mt Mathews, Wellington’s highest point to the East.
Take a picnic with you, settle in on the hillside and relax while watching ferries and cruise ships sail into the harbour and planes fly in and out of the airport. This is also one of the best spots in the city for taking in a sunrise or sunset.
Opening Hours: Free
Address: Mount Victoria, Lookout Rd, Hataita, Wellington
Check out our World Famous Movie-Making Magic
Overview：Attention film fans, pop culture connoisseurs, families and anyone who just loves to make cool stuff! Weta Studio Tours is your gateway to immersive film making experiences on the Miramar Peninsula. Get up close to the incredible miniatures, props, weapons, armour,creatures, vehicles, models and more, all made right here in Wellington.
Join us on a journey from Middle-earth to Tracy Island and beyond, get up close to incredible miniatures, props, weapons, creatures, vehicles, and models, and learn the secrets behind film making here on the Miramar Peninsula!
While you’re there, wander through the mini museum and take a seat for a short documentary about the history of movie-making on the Miramar Peninsula. It’s free and screens throughout the day.
Tours operate every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm, 7 days. Closed Christmas Day.
Opening Hours: 9am - 5.30pm
Address: Weta Cave, 1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington
Take a Wander around the Waterfront to Bay
Overview: Being a city set on a sparkling harbour, it's not surprising Wellington is home to some stunning beaches and bays. Whether you're looking for a spot to surf or scuba dive, or somewhere to take the family for a swim, Wellington has got you covered.
Oriental Bay:Just a few minutes walk from the city, this golden sand beach is a top spot for a bit of walking, cycling or people watching.
Scorching Bay: It’s a favourite spot for a picnic, a game of beach cricket or just hanging out in the sun and watching the inter-island ferries pass by. Great coffee and icecream can be found at the bay's resident cafe.
Lyall Bay:Located on the south coast, just 10 minutes drive from the city, Lyall Bay beach is Wellington’s most popular surf beach.
Opening Hours: Free
New Zealand's Coolest Street
Overview: Wellington’s famous inner city slice of bohemia, Cuba Street, is a place with culinary and creative soul. It’s where people meet, busk, shop, dine and the best place in town to soak up the capital of cool’s culture. The street has been a registered Historic Area under the Historic Places Act since 1995.
Cuba Street was named after an early 1840 settler ship of the same name, not an island country in the Caribbean. But a number of the street’s residents have since run with the latter theme. Fidel’s Café (234 Cuba Street) – where the “coffee is Cuban and the hospitality is pure New Zealand” – is one of many tasty spots locals love to chew the literal and philosophical fat. Just around the corner on Wigan Street, Havana (32a-34 Wigan Street) is a local favourite for tapas, cocktails and excellent live music.
Cuba Street is a creative and culinary melting pot of buskers, art galleries, graffiti-filled alleyways, quirky cafes, nationally acclaimed restaurants and community exhibition spaces. One of the capital’s icons, Cuba Street is a meeting of minds, menus and market culture enjoyed by everyone from young to old, hipsters to suits, locals to visitors.
Opening Hours: Free
Taste your Way around the City
Overview: With cafes on almost every corner, it’s fair to say we love our coffee in Wellington. And the rest of the world agrees, with CNN recently naming us one of the top 8 international coffee destinations.
It all begins with the beans
With well over a dozen roasteries in the city, you'll often catch the warm aroma of roasting coffee on the wind.It also means you're drinking the freshest, liveliest coffee around.Each roastery has a distinct approach to the craft, and tours are enlightening as well as refreshing.
From the oven to the cup is the critical step in delivering you a great coffee. This is the domain of the Wellington barista.
A top-flight barista responds to temperature and humidity in the café, adjusting the grind by millimetres and playing the steampunkesque espresso machine like a musical instrument.
Get to know the barista at your local café, and you’ll soon find your regular order underway as soon as you walk in the door.
Opening Hours: Free
Travel Back in Time at the Zealandia Sanctuary in Karori
Overview: Just minutes from downtown Wellington and set around a picturesque reservoir, ZEALANDIA is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife.
Set around a picturesque reservoir, 10 minutes from central Wellington, ZEALANDIA is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife - all thriving wild in a world-first protected sanctuary.
Become a part of a ground-breaking conservation project in-action - this is Wellington's ultimate experience for nature lovers.
ZEALANDIA is an unmissable adventure for people of all ages, fitness levels and backgrounds, and will keep you entertained anywhere from two hours to a whole day.
ZEALANDIA is for conservation, not profit.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Rata Cafe: Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am-5pm (Last valley entry at 4pm). Christmas Day (Closed)
Address: ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary, Waiapu Road, Karori 6012, Wellington
Fee: Adult: $19.50,Child: $10,Family: $46 (two adults, three children).
ZEALANDIA By Day tour: $55 adult, $27.5 child, $110 family / ZEALANDIA By Night tour: $85 adult, $45 child.
Ride the Historic Wellington Cable Car
Overview: One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions, the Wellington Cable Car runs from downtown Wellington to the picturesque suburb of Kelburn and Wellington Botanic Garden.
Departing every 10 minutes, the short journey begins on Lambton Quay in the city centre, and finishes in the charming suburb of Kelburn.
Along the way, you'll travel under the corporate towers of The Terrace, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University of Wellington. Emerging at the top, check out the lookout and Cable Car Museum or walk through the Wellington Botanic Garden. You'll also be a short walk from Space Place at Carter Observatory.
The view from the lookout takes in the city's central business district, Mount Victoria and out across the harbour to the Hutt Valley and Eastbourne.
Return trips are available or you can take a leisurely walk through Wellington Botanic Garden and historic Bolton Street Cemetery, to Parliament.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7am - 10pm, Saturday 8:30am-10pm, Sunday and public holidays 8.30am-9pm.
Address: Wellington Cable Car Cable Car Lane, 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington.
Fee: Adult: $7.50,Child: $3.50,Family: $19,Prices are for return trips. Single and multi-trip tickets available.
Overview: Change your perspective; see Wellington from its beautiful harbour or get your adrenaline pumping at the top of a rock wall.
Kayaks and stand-up paddle boards: Hire a kayak or paddle board or come along on a guided tour to take in Wellington from the sea. Fergs offer day-time tour and night-time tours to cater for the more adventurous.
Want to brush up on those paddle skills? Take a basic skills course in any of their sports with an experienced instructor, including sea kayaking courses and roll-your-kayak courses. Or, try out Stand up paddle boarding with an ISA qualified instructor.
Rockclimbing: New Zealand's largest indoor ‘real rock’ wall is right here in the capital at Fergs. It caters to all levels of climbers, with walls up to 13m in height and offers fantastic routes, an amazing overhang and challenging bouldering problems.
Inline skates and bikes: Check out Wellington from a set of wheels. With a large fleet of inline skates, bikes and longboards Fergs have something for everyone
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri. 10.00 am – 8.00pm; Sat-Sun (Winter): 10.00am-6.00pm, Sat-sun (Summer)9.00am-6.00pm
Address: Fergs Kayaks, Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Jervois Quay, Wellington
Fee: Prices start from $10
Old St Paul's
Overview: Breathtakingly beautiful - Wellington's iconic Old St Paul's is one of New Zealand's greatest heritage places and one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world. A 'must-see' experience on your visit to Wellington.
Old St Paul's is a place of living history, a place that tells the stories - not only of the church but the people of Wellington and the historic suburb of Thorndon.
Constructed in 1866 entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass.
Visit the Gift and all-year-around Christmas Shop at Old St Paul's, which features exquisite gifts, NZ keepsakes and beautiful Christmas decorations. Specialising in locally made goods, there is something to suit every taste.
Old St Paul's is just a few minutes stroll from the CBD and its amenities.
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and for short periods during private functions, and special ceremonies.
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am - 5pm
Address: Old St Paul's 34 Mulgrave St, Thorndon, Wellington
Fee: Entry by donation Admission charges apply for groups of 10 or more. Please contact us for details. Guided tours $7.50 pp (please book in advance).