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New Zealand’s capital of cool is full of colour, texture and scenery perfect for filling your feed and inspiring holiday envy. Here’s a few of the must captures:
Walk through native bush or drive up to the Mount Victoria lookout for a 360-degree view of Wellington city, the harbour and surround suburbs.
Cuba Street is the bohemian heart of Wellington. This stretch includes great vintage shopping, boutiques by top NZ designers, excellent cafes and quirky restaurants, plus the iconic Bucket Fountain. This kinetic sculpture is known to splash anyone who gets too close, so get your gram from a safe distance.
Go crazy on Instagram with this photogenic spot. Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to Cable Car Lookout for a view straight across the city to the harbour. Make sure to snap a photo of the cable car as it busily travels to and from the top of the hill. If you're feeling energetic, walk back down through the Botanic Gardens to Wellington CBD.
This famous waterfront sculpture by Weta Workshop's Max Patte lives in anything but solitude, starring in many a photograph either looking out to the harbour or capturing the Wellington cityscape as a backdrop.
Egmont Street is one of the central Wellington laneways that has undergone a bit of a transformation. The charming brick industrial buildings are now complemented by plant and lighting installations and plenty of street art by local talent, plus Egmont St Eatery is always worth a visit.
Decorated in a range of sculptures, a traditional bridge this is not. Allow time for a couple of visits to the City to Sea Bridge connecting Civic Square and the waterfront - as the sunlight moves through the sculptures, the area can completely change. The views over the lagoon are stunning too.
Wellington’s walls and laneways are filled with great street art so it’s worth having your phone at the ready as you weave your way through the city. One of the most captured is the shark wall, located across the road from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Located in the Wairarapa region just a short drive away from Wellington, the beautiful Castlepoint lighthouse and its unusual coastal formation make for stunning Insta shots. Bonus points if you can make it up for sunrise.
Come face to face with the trolls that stand guard outside the Weta Cave. Inside the cave, get up close to some of the characters, props and displays from your favourite movies, read how they were brought to life and learn about the artists who created them. You can also take a Weta Studio Tour and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Wellington's movie-making magic.