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Nature encounters

2 - 3 days | $$

Situated on a beautiful harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, Wellington is a city on nature's doorstep. Our urban nature itinerary will help you get the most out of our blue waters, green hills, and native wildlife.

You can visit our wildlife sanctuary, Zealandia, see seals on the South Coast, or walk through beautiful native bush and gardens - all within 15 minutes of downtown Wellington.

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  • Sight or Activity listing

    Just minutes from downtown Wellington and set around a picturesque reservoir, ZEALANDIA is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife.

    • ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary
      Waiapu Road
      Karori 6012
      Wellington

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    • Contact by phone
    • 04 920 9213
    • Visit website
    • Public: Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm
      Rata Cafe: Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am-5pm
      (Last valley entry at 4pm).
      Christmas Day (Closed)
    • Adult: $19.50, Child: $10, Family: $46 (two adults, three children), ZEALANDIA By Day tour: $55 adult, $27.50 child, $110 family ZEALANDIA By Night tour: $85 adult, $45 child
    • Wheelchair accessible
  • Eat & drink listing

    Zomato12 Votes

    Rata Cafe is located within ZEALANDIA, boasting picturesque views and delicious food.

  • Sight or Activity listing

    One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions, the Wellington Cable Car runs from downtown Wellington to the picturesque suburb of Kelburn and Wellington Botanic Garden.

    • Wellington Cable Car
      Cable Car Lane, 280 Lambton Quay
      Wellington

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    • Contact by phone
    • +64 4 472 2199
    • Visit website
    • Monday to Friday 7am - 10pm, Saturday 8:30am-10pm, Sunday and public holidays 8.30am-9pm
    • Adult: $9, Child: $4.50, Family: $20, Prices are for return trips. Single and multi-trip tickets available. Student: $5.00
    • Wheelchair accessible
  • Sight or Activity listing

    Over 26 hectares of unsurpassed views, unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush, colourful floral displays and gorgeous specialist gardens.

    • Botanic Garden
      101 Glenmore St
      Thorndon
      Wellington

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    • Contact by phone
    • (04) 499 1400
    • Visit website
    • Treehouse
      Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

      Begonia House
      Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm

      Botanic Garden Shop
      September to March
      Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm
      April to August
      Weekdays (closed Tuesdays) 9am - 4pm

      Weekends and public holidays 10am - 3pm
      Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday
    • Free entry
    • Wheelchair Access
  • Eat & drink listing

    Zomato180 Votes

    Charley Noble Eatery & Bar on Post Office Square is a Wellington favourite, serving up fresh, delicious European food straight from the fire pit!

    • Charley Noble Eatery & Bar
      Huddart Parker Building, Ground Floor, 1 Post Office Square, Wellington Central, Wellington City
      Wellington

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    • Contact by phone
    • 0508 242753
    • 7AM to 10PM (Mon-Fri),5PM to 10PM (Sat-Sun)
    • Splurge, more than $100 Average cost for two
  • Eat & drink listing

    Zomato135 Votes

    From small bites to charcuterie, Foxglove Bar & Kitchen on Wellington's waterfront has all the goods for good time.

    • Foxglove Bar & Kitchen
      33 Queens Wharf
      Wellington Central
      Wellington City

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    • Contact by phone
    • 04 4609410
    • 11:30 AM to 1 AM (Mon-Sat),11:30 AM to 12 Midnight (Sun)
    • Spendy, $50 - $100 Average cost for two

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