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7 reasons why Wellington loves winter

In Wellington, winter is never just slippers, crockpots and another night on the couch. Around here, winter is about exploration, not hibernation. Here’s a few reasons why we love this time of year...

1. Cosy brunch dates


Nothing takes the chill off like a strong brew, hearty brunch and good conversation so we're all about cosy brunches in the cooler months. Matterhorn has recently brought back brunch (10am-3pm) to rave reviews, and they also happen to have excellent heating.

Wellington icon Caffé L’affare is always humming and cosy; Scopa is world famous in Wellington for their decadent Italian hot chocolate and delicious pizza; or go all out with yum cha at Majestic Cuisine or Regal Chinese.

2. The great indoors


Winter’s the perfect time to explore Wellington’s great cultural indoors. This season we will be finding creative inspiration at the latest exhibitions at City Gallery and The Dowse Art Museum, discovering our nation and city’s stories at Te Papa, Wellington Museum and doing a spot of stargazing at Space Place at Carter Observatory.

3. Winter fashion

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Capes, cosy woollies, boots and brogues – winter fashion gives us the good kind of goose bumps. With R.M Williams recently opened, David Jones hitting the scene soon, as well as all our high street faves, the capital of cool promises to keep us looking stylish over winter.

4. Curling up with a good menu

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Wellington’s 750+ restaurants, cafes and bars know how to warm you up from the inside out with delicious winter eats. With hearty Sunday Roasts by the fire at The Bresolin, and Ancestral's East Asian eats, warming whisky and toasty heated seats, there's plenty of reasons to skip the soup and venture out for a winter meal. 

It may be beachside, but Beach Babylon’s fondue menu from 4pm is also an ideal winter warmer, while August is our favourite time of all thanks to Visa Wellington On a Plate.

5. Warm fuzzies and brisk walks

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We can't resist that warm fuzzy feeling you get from a Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo (we recommend the red pandas for the ultimate cuteness factor). And you really can't beat a brisk and energising walk through the amazing Zealandia ecosanctuary, where you'll meet some of the Wellington’s local wildlife. Winter is also a neat time to book in for a Zealandia Night Tour - there’s nothing quite like hearing the call of kiwi in their native habitat in the hush of darkness.

6. Rugby fever

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An edge-of-your-seat rugby match is a sure fire way to get your blood pumping. This winter we'll be cheering on our world champion All Blacks as they take on Wales (18 June) and ultimate rivals Australia (27 August) at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium. 

7. Shorter days mean longer nights


When the sun goes down in Wellington, that’s when things really start to heat up. We love warming our bellies with street eats from the bustling Wellington Night Market (Cuba St – Fridays and Saturdays); imbibing seasonal cocktails and toasting marshmallows over the fire at Hawthorn Lounge; embracing off-the-wall theatre at BATS; and dancing the night away with live music at San Fran, Rogue & Vagabond or Bodega

Want to keep things fresh this winter?

Take a look at these great hotel deals and lock in your Wellington winter getaway today.

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