14 Best Things to Do in Wellington, New Zealand

|   Last Updated on April 3, 2020

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and can be found on the country’s North Island. The city is home to over 400,000 people and sits on the southern tip of the island.

The city has been the capital since the mid 1800s and is an important base in terms of government and the nations financial business. The city is also the center for the film industry 3 New Zealand and has a big industrial background.

Over recent years the city has fast become a hot destination for tourists and has been described as the coolest capital city in the world. It is little wonder then, that there are so many interesting things to do and sights to see in this bustling metropolis.

In this article, we are going to be taking a look at some of the wonderful things that Wellington has to offer those who pay it a visit. Whatever you are interested in, we are certain that there will be something to grab your attention in this Kiwi capital.

1. Museum of New Zealand

What better place to start your visit to New Zealand than its national museum. A place which houses both a museum and an art gallery and welcomes over half a million visitors every year.

The museum opened in 1997 and pays a lot of attention to the Maori people and their rich history within the country. A huge emphasis is placed on a treaty which was signed in the 1800’s called the treaty of Waitangi which was made between Maori chiefs and the British.

2. Wellington Zoo

Open all year apart from Christmas day, the Wellington zoo is a great day out for all the family, especially those who have a love for animals. Whether you want to browse the zoo at your leisure or book a close up encounter with one of the animals, it is sure to be a wild experience.

There are a huge amount of species here, many which are indigenous to the continent of Australasia and others which come from all over the world.

3. The Weta Cave

This attraction is a hugely popular one and for good reason. The Weta Cave is a museum of special effects which is dedicated to showing how movies, such as Lord of the rings use special effects to turn them into a viewing spectacular.

The museum is completely free to enter and is open seven days a week. This certainly makes for an interesting and informative day out. There is also an on site store where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit.

4. Wellington Cable Car

Can you think of a better way to take in the views of a city than from above? The Wellington cable car gives you the chance to take in the spectacular scenery that the city has from an aerial point of view. And this is not the only thing which you can find on arrival here.

The cable car takes guests on the short five minute trip to the viewing point right over the city, but also features a museum where a history of this unique train car can be discovered.

5. Space Place at Carter Observatory

If you are fascinated by what lies beyond our planet then a visit to the space place at Carter observatory is definitely worth it. This space themed museum offers the chance to journey through the skies of the southern hemisphere in the planetarium where you will make some amazing discoveries.

There are a variety of interactive exhibits and galleries for visitors to get into and the subjects cover everything from space travel to supernovas and everything in between.

6. Logan Brown Restaurant

For those who are looking for fine dining at its very best whilst staying in Wellington then look no further than the Logan Brown restaurant which is highly acclaimed in the city.

Reservations are a must since this is such as popular place. The restaurant prides itself on its New Zealand heritage and uses only ingredients that have been produced within the country, giving guests a truly authentic New Zealand dining experience.

7. Zealandia Sanctuary

There are ample opportunities to discover wildlife and nature at any location in New Zealand and one of the very best is the Zealandia Sanctuary where you can get back to nature and discover a huge range of wildlife species.

This protected area is home to as many native species as you can imagine and has been redeveloped in recent times to add to the biodiversity of the area. Guests to the sanctuary can expect to get sightings of the more rare species which are native to the country such as the Kaka.

8. The Beehive

An interest in politics in something held by many people and so visiting the beehive in Wellington will fit in well with this interest. The beehive is the executive wing of New Zealand’s parliament. The building is so called since its shape resembles that of the structure of a beehive seen in nature and is certainly a unique piece of architecture if nothing else.

9. Old Saint Paul’s

This fascinating wooden cathedral can be dated back to the mid 1800’s and in fact, did not serve as an active church for very long, just under 100 years. The building is a prime example of the revival of Gothic architecture in the 19th century and this is one of the reasons that it is such a favoured tourist attraction.

Inside visitors are treated to a beautiful display of intricately designed woodwork that will be sure to impress even the most stiff upper lipped of people.

10. Mount Kaukau

This is another great one for those who are interested in getting a really good view of the city from a good vantage point. Mount Kaukau is located within the suburbs of Wellington and rises up to around 445m above sea level at its peak. From the top, where the main TV aerial for the city is placed, you can get great views for miles around. On a clear day, it is possible to see the south island and as far up north as Tasman sea.

11. Red Rocks

This is a nature reserve which is so called because of the red rocks which can be seen here. The rocky reserve spans the coastline of Wellington and is a favored place for those who love the outdoors and hiking.

The rock formation is actually the creation of volcanic lava being embedded in the existing rock and the results are astounding. There may be opportunity to get up close to some native wildlife such as seals and birds, making this one ideal for nature lovers too.

12. Wellington Underground Market

Shopping is always a fun activity for many people but how about something a little different when it comes to indulging in a little retail therapy?

The wellington underground market is only held on a Saturday and is full of hand crafted artifacts and knick-knacks that are completely unique and interesting. Buyers can find everything from fashion to art and food to home good, there is something for every taste on this market right by the water front.

13. Wellington Regional Aquatic Center

This huge indoor swimming pool is ideal for either a casual swim or for those who want to stay fit and healthy whilst visiting New Zealand. Not only this but there is a kids pool and a splash area, all of which are fully heated.

There are some spa pools and a hydrotherapy pool as well as a fully equipped gym. If the weather permits, there are two outdoor pools in the locality as well, perfect for cooling down on a hot day!

14. Adrenalin Forest

For those with a sense for outdoor adventure, there is the Adrenalin forest. Guests to this attraction can expect to find rope courses and treetop adventures which are suitable for all ages and so is a great day out for families who have young children, who will certainly sleep well after a day spent here.

The company has excellent safety standards so that you can have peace of mind that your visit will be fully taken care of whilst you concentrate on the fun.


Whether you are looking for a relaxing and educational getaway or something with a bit more adventure, you are certain to find both of these things in the New Zealand capital of Wellington. There are so many things to see and do in a city which suits single people, couples or families. You will receive a warm Kiwi welcome into a city that is nothing short of excellent.

Last Updated on April 3, 2020


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