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Your weekend in Wellington

Plan your own action-packed weekend in the capital of cool. Here's a few ideas, inspired by the journey taken by the couple in our latest visitor campaign.

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Get your caffeine fix and start exploring

In true Wellington style, kick off your morning with a caffeine fix from one of the city’s many vibrant cafes such as Flight Coffee Hangar, Ombra or Midnight Espresso.

If you’re around the waterfront, Mojo is a good option as you inhale the incredible aroma from the roastery next door.

It's never just a brunch when it's in Wellington. Fuel yourself for the day ahead at the hugely popular Prefab, the iconic Caffe L'affare or Cuba Street's legendary Fidel's. For more ideas, check out our guide to top notch brunch spots. We've also got a great list of hidden gems and local favourites, let the locals take you on a journey of discovery. 

Once you’re fed and watered, it’s time to explore! There's no better start to the day than strolling along the Wellington waterfront - look out for the Writer’s Walk sculptures and Solace in the Wind (surely Wellington's most photographed man) just beyond Te Papa.

Outside the Underground Market by Frank Kitts Park, there's often a colourful piano parked looking out to sea for passersby to play some tunes. Magic.

Be sure to stop by New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa - a must-do on a trip to Wellington.

A walk up Mount Victoria really is a must-do too. It’s a bit of a climb, but once you reach the top you will be rewarded with stunning 360 degree views over Wellington.

"If Wellington was a karaoke song it would be Simply the Best by Tina Turner. No explanation needed" - Sarah Harrow, Chief Yoghurt Artist at Berry Culture

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Refuel and hit the shops!

After an action-packed morning, you might need to refuel. Sweet Mother's Kitchen is a popular spot any time of day - make sure you try the curly fries! Our guide to new places will keep you abreast of the freshest spots in town.

Once you’ve recouped your energy, it’s time to hit the shops! If you’re after something unique, Cuba Street is the place for you. Hunters & Collectors and Slow Boat Records are favourites. Keep an eye out for street art along the way, including the infamous Bucket Fountain.

If you’re in the market for high end fashion, head to Workshop or Shoezies. You'll find all the high street fashions your heart desires on Lambton Quay, with a range of great stores also found on Victoria, Willis and Wakefield Streets.

For your culture dose, be sure to check out the City Gallery in Civic Square. A trip to Wellington is also not complete without a ride on the historic Cable Car. There are some sweet views at the top for the ultimate tourist selfie.

Grab an afternoon pick-me-up

For an afternoon pick-me-up, an amazing cafe is never more than a few steps away - if you're near Ghuznee Street, swing by for a cuppa amongst the second-hand books at Milk Crate.

For a sugar hit, make your way to the super cool Hannahs Laneway, home to the Wellington Chocolate Factory, where you can learn about their unique ‘bean to bar’ production, sample the goods and pick up some delectable gifts and treats. Leeds Street Bakery - home to possibly the world's most talked about salted caramel cookies - is also just a few doors down.

For a guilt-free treat, park up for frozen yoghurt from Berry Culture at Moore Wilson's.

As you ease into the evening, pop by Goldings Free Dive for a drink or swing by Aro Valley to taste some of Wellington’s finest craft beer at the legendary Garage Project.

"One of the things I love most about Wellington are the rare calm, sunny days - and how everyone reminds you that you can't beat Wellington on a day like this" - Sam Wells, Senior Chocolate Maker at the Wellington Chocolate Factory

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The night is just beginning...

If it's Friday, start your evening with a wander through the lively Wellington Night Market - a bustling market filled with international flavours and characters.

Still hungry? Taste the flavours of the culinary capital at one of our celebrated restaurants like Matterhorn, Charley Noble or Osteria del Toro. With everything from cheap eats to fine dining, you're spoilt for choice in the culinary capital!

After dinner, venture out and discover Wellington's best bars. Watch the expert mixologists at Chow, The Black Sparrow or Havana work their magic.

Get your dancing shoes on and groove to live music at Rogue & Vagabond or the Southern Cross Garden Bar.

Finish your night out with a moonlit stroll along the beach at Oriental Bay and take in the magical view of the city and harbour at night. Perfect.

"A weekend in Wellington must include a walk along the waterfront, Te Papa and a cocktail or two" - Chris Reid, Bar Manager at Chow 

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