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20 awesome things under $20

There's heaps of cool things to see, do and eat in Wellington that won't break the bank. Here's 20 things you can do for under $20.

  1. Play ‘spot the tuatara’, watch cheeky kaka swarm for food at snack time, and see weta hanging out in their tree hotel at the epic Zealandia eco-sanctuary (adults $18.50)
  2. Take a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car and enjoy stunning views over the city from the lookout ($7.50 adult return)
  3. Journey through WWI history at two incredible exhibitions - The Great War Exhibition on Buckle St (adults $15), and Gallipoli: The scale of our war at Te Papa (free) - brought to life by movie-making maestros, Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson.
  4. Pedal around Wellington’s scenic waterfront on a quirky Crocodile Bike. Hire a two seater for 30 minutes of cruising for $15, or grab a few mates and get a four seater ($40 for 1 hour – with four people that's just $10 each!)
  5. Everything on the Ekim Burgers menu is affordable and delicious. You'd come under budget here, so go ahead and chuck some chips in too. Choice! ($8-$15)
  1. Tommy Millions do pizza by the slice at around $5 each. That equals approximately four slices. Not bad, not bad at all ($5-$5.50 a slice)
  2. Discover Wellington’s secrets, stories and treasures at Wellington Museum on the waterfront (free)
  3. Get your culture fix at City Gallery, home to an ever-changing collection of contemporary art from Aotearoa and abroad. Check out current exhibitions Sister Corita's Summer of Love (until 16 October)- a series of graphic screenprints by artist, educator and nun, the late Sister Corita Kent, and the intriguing sculptures of New Zealand-born sculptor, Francis Upritchard (28 May - 16 October). Both exhibitions are free entry.
  4. Take a tour of Wellington's boutique soda factory, Six Barrel Soda, and sample their specialty sodas ($20).
  5. Gaze into the skies above Wellington and learn all about astronomy at Space Place ($12.50)
  1. Get the inside word on New Zealand's system of government and learn all about the busy bees that work inside the Beehive, on a guided tour of Parliament Buildings (free). 
  2. For a quick bite to eat that'll have all your fellow lunch mates absolutely envious, try Mt Vic Chippery's Express Lunch. Crumbed fish, crinkle cut chips and slaw. Yum! ($10)
  3. Warm up over the winter months with a decadent and delicious Italian hot chocolate from Scopa on Cuba Street ($6 for a large).
  4. Hang out with wizards and trolls on a visit to Weta Cave, Wellington’s home of movie-making magic (entry to the Cave is free, while a tour of Weta Workshop costs $25)
  5. Grab a hot waffle loaded up with fresh cream, white chocolate drizzle, fruit and vanilla ganache from The Little Waffle Shop ($7 each, $5 on Wednesdays)
  1. Cosy up on a two-seater couch and enjoy a movie at the boutique Light House Cinema, Cuba ($17.50 per person)
  2. Chow's cocktails are insanely good, we particularly like the Rosebud. Plus, each come in at under $20 a pop ($13-$18)
  3. Slurp on a tasty milkshake with friends at Five Boroughs. Flavours include Jelly tip, Bounty and Triple chocolate ($7.50)
  4. Every day from 2-5pm at Burger Liquor get a Standard burger, crinkle cut fries and a cold tap bevvy or bootleggers soda as part of the Standard Deal ($15)
  5. Hop up to Garage Project Cellar Door and taste a few beers from their eight tap line-up (free)
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