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The All Blacks love playing in Wellington, and when they do they always like to get out and explore. Check out their list of First XV Wellington Must-Dos.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
With some of the best atmosphere and crowds in New Zealand, why not time your visit to watch the All Blacks in action - a truly memorable kiwi experience.
All Blacks V South Africa
Saturday 27 July 2019