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Spring into action

Days are longer, flowers are in bloom and 'Wellington on a good day' snaps are clogging up your newsfeed. It's time for us to share things to do that'll put a spring in your step!

Daylight savouring

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Springtime means daylight saving kicks in and we get a whole extra hour of daylight to play with - woohoo! Make the most of the lighter nights by heading out for some early evening adventures.

Meander up to the Mount Victoria lookout and soak up the serenity as the sun sets. Enjoy a few happy hour beverages on a beanbag in the sun at Karaka Cafe or St Johns, or grab a bites at one of these hot spots. Feeling active? Get your mates together and head around the waterfront to Oriental Bay for a competitive game of beach volleyball or cricket. Reward yourself after your win with a delicious gelato from Gelissimo

Take a stroll

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When the sun is shining and it's a beautiful spring day in ol' Wellington, all you really want to do is get out there and enjoy a bit of vitamin D. Wellington is a city made for walking so make the most of the nice weather and explore. 

Follow the Wellington Writers Walk around the waterfront and read the poetry cast in concrete, or take a stroll along one of Wellington's sandy beaches. Oriental Beach and Lyall Bay are favourites, and you can grab some fish n chips for a picnic dinner while you're there. Perfect!

Download the free Welly Walks app for more walking inspiration.

Sunny lunch spots

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There's nothing like feasting on a delicious spread while soaking up some sun at the same time. Pack a picnic and stroll to Oriental Bay where you can enjoy your lunch from a perfectly placed park bench or on the golden sands. Wellington's Waterfront has some marvelous spots for catching a few rays of sunshine too.

Dine al fresco at one of Wellington's many outdoor eateries. Coene's Bar & Eatery, Poneke and Foxglove all provide stunning harbour views, or escape the hustle and bustle in the leafy courtyards tucked out the back of OliveSouthern Cross and Laundry.

Nature encounters

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Spring is the perfect time to meet some of Wellington's wildlife and get some fresh air! Visit Zealandia where you can easily spend a few hours exploring the lush bush and getting close to local creatures. Keep an eye out for tuatara, and the colourful kākāriki (red-crowned parakeet).

For an encounter with animals of a slightly bigger size, take a wild ride on a Seal Coast Safari and spot New Zealand fur seals sun-bathing on the south coast beach. Or if you'd like something a bit more intimate, you can't beat a close encounter at Wellington Zoo – we recommend the red pandas.

Say it with flowers

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You'll be mighty pleased to find 24,000 tulips looking bloomin' lovely in the Wellington Botanic Garden, take a guided walk of Otari-Wilton’s Bush and see the nature reserve at its best, or let your little ones' inner explorer roam at Kids Day Out. 

Good old fashioned fun


Now that the sun has returned, spend the afternoon with the kids at one of Wellington’s 50 fantastic playgrounds with slides, swings, climbers and ride-ons in abundance.

Many of the best playgrounds are located next to or near cafes and gelaterias so you can sip your latte while you watch the kids run riot – you can even join in! Take a look at our list of the top playgrounds in Wellington to let off some steam with the young ones.

Afternoon delights

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As the capital of cool, it's Wellington's duty to provide awesome things to do all day long, and what better way to make the most of the late afternoon sun than by perching outside with a bite to eat or a few brews. 

Enjoy a coffee in the sun in the front courtyard at Fidel's, sink into the beanbags and sip on a cold beverage at Rogue and Vagabond, pick up a gelato from Kaffee Eis and go for a waterfront wander, or make a night of it and take advantage of daily drink and dining deals

Wellington's markets

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Wellington’s markets are something else. On the weekends you can indulge in artisan and gourmet foods at Moore Wilson's or the Sunday Harbourside Market, and take your taste buds on a tour around the world at the Wellington Night Market. Pick up a handmade treasure at the Wellington Underground Market and relish in the fresh spring produce at Wellington’s weekend farmers markets.

Evening adventures

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With longer evenings you've got even more time for activities! Get on your bike and hit the trails at Makara Peak Mountain biking park, head up to Te Ahumairangi Hill for superb views over the city and then wander along the Ridgeline Track, or pedal around the harbour on a Crocodile Bike. If you want something a bit more hardcore, trek up Mount Victoria or Mount Kaukau. You'll be breathless for all the right reasons!

Spring events


Wellington’s signature spring event, the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show (22 Sep - 9 Oct) is back for its 28th year and it’s bigger, bolder and more creative than ever.

Explore and play in an illuminated enchanted forest of colour, flare and weird nature at Glade (30 Sep - 9 Oct), presented by LUX, Wellington's popular light festival. Speaking of flare, Wellington Sky Show (5 Nov) will light up the sky above Wellington harbour with a spectacular fireworks display.

Get swept up in the thrill and dark comedy of NZSO's rendition of Sweeny Todd (30 Sep - 5 Oct), or catch comedy big hitters Bill Bailey (24 Oct) and Jim Jefferies (28 Oct). 

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