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Fancy a weekend in Wellington like Ashley’s?

Start your day off at Prefab, where you’ll find the perfect blend of freshly roasted coffee, counter food, house baked bread and a tasty brunch menu. Don’t miss their potato gratin with pork sausage, bacon, poached egg and hollandaise, or their salted caramel salted brittle.

Once fuelled, grab your bike and set off on one of Wellington’s awesome trails. Head up Mt Vic, Polhill or Makara Peak and enjoy an exhilarating ride as well as fantastic views over the city. If you head to Polhill, finish off your ride with a refreshing brew at Garage Project (try their Pineapple Luau), or the Hop Garden if coming down off Mt Vic.

Bikes can be hired from Mud Cycles (Karori) and On Yer Bike (Vivian St). Or if an electric bike is more your speed, pick up a Switched On bike from Wellington’s waterfront.

Stop by local favourite, Moore Wilsons to pick up an array of artisan delights for a picnic. Don’t miss the upstairs Chook Wagon for rotisserie free-range chicken, Peking Duck, Lamb Shoulder or free-farmed Murrellen Pork Loin. Then find yourself a picturesque spot to laze away the afternoon, with swimming, diving, snorkelling and simply enjoying that tasty picnic.

Wellington is home to many fantastic walking trails too. Walk up Mt Kaukau, explore the Eastern Walkway which takes in Breaker Bay and overlooks the South Coast or stroll through the beautiful Botanic Garden for something more leisurely.

Check out our list of best beaches and bays.

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