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All Blacks' First XV Wellington Must-Dos

The All Blacks love Wellington almost as much as we do, and when they play here they always like to get out and explore. Check out their list of First XV Wellington must-dos to help make your game weekend in Wellington one to remember.

15. Mount Victoria Lookout

Wellington’s got some pretty sweet views. If you’re in training for the big game or need to clear out some cobwebs the morning after the game, a walk to the top of Mt Vic will sort you out. Don’t forget your camera to capture the panoramic views of the city and harbour.

14. The Weta Cave

A must-do for all Lord of the Rings fans, the Weta Cave Workshop Tour has props and souvenirs from the iconic trilogy, the Hobbit and King Kong. Get behind-the-scenes and learn how the costumes, props and sets were made for some of the most successful movie franchises in movie history.

13. Paddle a waka (canoe)

Grab your team, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paddle a waka (a traditional Māori canoe) on Wellington harbour. Te Wharewaka o Poneke's friendly and encouraging staff will teach you the mihi whakatau (welcome ceremony), some basic te reo (Māori language) and show you the simple hīrau (paddle) movements required to paddle a waka. Then take the water as a team, for an unforgettable cultural experience on the water. 

12. Red Rocks Coastal Walk

Get your active wear on and go for a walk around Wellington’s rugged south coast. Check out the views of the South Island, explore the rocky coastline and meet some of the local seal population.

11. Wellington Cable Car

If you’re on the sideline and want to take it easy, go for a ride on Wellington’s historic Cable Car. An iconic symbol of Wellington, enjoy the panoramic views of the city at the top of the Cable Car – like All Blacks, Jordan Taufua, Waisake Naholo and Luke Whitelock, did on their recent visit to Wellington.

10. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

No visit to Wellington is complete without spending some time at Te Papa. Located in a stunning waterfront location, get amongst some history, culture, science and art – and entry is free of charge.

9. Try something delicious at the Harbourside Market

The morning after the big game, head to the Harbourside Market for a feed from one of the many food trucks and stock up on greens for your power smoothies. A Sunday morning tradition for Wellingtonians, you never know who you will spot picking up their fruit and vegies – politicians, the Flight of the Conchords or Super Rugby players?!

8. The Beehive

Wellington has some pretty unique architecture – no other capital city in the world houses its rowdy politicians inside a giant beehive (the ref in there has got his work cut out for him)! Go see for yourself on a behind-the-scenes Parliament tour or book in for lunch at Parliament’s restaurant, Bellamys by Logan Brown, previously open only to politicians and now open to the public.

7. Wellington Waterfront

From intrepid swimmers doing bombs off the custom-designed diving board on Taranaki Wharf, to our recent southern right whale visitor, there’s always something to see on the Wellington Waterfront. Stroll along the waterfront to sandy Oriental Bay beach for a gelato and stop off for a selfie with the iconic Solace in the Wind sculpture on the way.

6. Wellington Botanic Garden

Conveniently situated at the top of the Cable Car, once you’ve finished admiring the city views, go for a wander around Wellington’s stunning Botanic Garden – check out the sculpture trail and have a coffee at Picnic Café.

5. Cuba Street

Head to Cuba Street for a famously good Wellington coffee and some people watching – there’s often buskers and street entertainers and where else in the world can you find a fountain made out of buckets?!

4. Embassy Theatre

Wellington’s most famous movie theatre, the Embassy, hosted Hollywood celebrities for the world premiere of the final installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2003, however you don’t need to put on your gladrags to head along and check out a good blockbuster movie on the big screen. 

3. Zealandia

The crowds at Westpac Stadium are known to make a bit of racket, but that’s nothing compared to the raucous native birdlife you’ll find at Zealandia – a completely fenced off and predator-free ecosanctuary just ten minutes’ drive from the city.

2. Tackle the nightlife on Courtenay Place

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Check out a different sort of wildlife on Courtenay Place. It’s Wellington’s nightlife hub with some of the city’s best bars and restaurants and the perfect place to celebrate or commiserate after the game. 

1. Catch a game!

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