The best of Wellington

Get to know the ''Coolest little Capital'' and experience the best things it has to offer - eating and drinking, arts and culture, biking around vineyards, nature encounters, movie making and more.

Day One: Cultural

Be greeted at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke by a traditional Māori powhiri welcome and hear local iwi (representatives from local Māori community) tell the proverb of how Wellington Harbour was formed.

Learn how to make a poi, paddle a waka (traditional MāorI canoe) or lay a hāngi (traditional Māori method of cooking food underground using hot stones) before enjoying some kai (food) for lunch at adjoining Karaka Café.

Continue your cultural journey at New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa with a behind-the- scenes Tāonga Māori tour where you’ll discover Te Papa’s tāonga (treasures) and hear their stories for insights into Māori culture.

After the tour, enjoy pre-dinner cocktails amongst the Treaty of Waitangi: Signs of a Nation exhibition and a guided tour through the Mana Whenua exhibition before enjoying dinner at Te Papa’s contemporary marae followed by cultural performances.

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Lamason man brewing coffee

Day Two: Culinary capital

Start the day the Wellington way with a freshly made coffee at Prefab. Be warned: Wellingtonians like their coffee strong!

Tempt your taste buds and learn more about what makes Wellington the culinary capital of New Zealand on a Zest Food Tour. Accompanied by a local foodie guide, you’ll meet some of Wellington’s top food producers and chefs. Enjoy tastes of artisan peanut butter at the Fix and Fogg window, a tour and tasting at Wellington Chocolate factory and sample a famous Salted Caramel Cookie from Leeds Street Bakery.

For lunch, head to award-winning restaurant Egmont Street Eatery for a meal based on local and seasonal produce and ingredients.

Learn the art of wine and food pairing in a wine workshop with top sommelier Maciej Zimny of Noble Rot Wine Bar before enjoying a dinner degustation with matched wines at one of Wellington’s award-winning restaurants.

Day Three: Explore Wellington’s big backyard

A city bordered by hills, native bush and harbour, Wellington is the perfect place to get out and explore nature. Just ten minutes’ drive from the city, Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced ecosanctuary and is home to rare and endangered native wildlife.

Take a day trip to Kāpiti Island and be inspired by the remnant native forest, unique and amazing wildlife at this world-renowned nature reserve.

Take the ferry to Matiu-Somes Island and across to Days Bay where you’ll pick up bikes to ride along the coast to the Pencarrow Lighthouse.

Group of people on a Twilight Tour at Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary
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Day Four: Movie Making Magic

Step into the world of film-making at Weta Workshop.

Be welcomed by Weta Workshop crew and learn more about the creative journey of how Wellington became known as Wellywood before exploring the workshop and getting captivated into a world of creativity, craftsmanship and movie-making magic.

Enjoy a hands-on workshop where Weta Workshop’s artists will show you some of the tricks behind turning imaginary worlds to life with lessons on fake blood making, prosthetics, sculpting, leather work and chainmaille. Before you leave for the day, don’t forget to get a selfie with the life-sized trolls that guard the Weta Cave!

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