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14 of the most Instagrammable spots in Wellington

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:

1. Clyde Quay Boatsheds


As well as filling many an Instagram feed, these iconic and colourful Wellington boatsheds featured in a Miranda Kerr photo shoot in the New York Times in 2012. Just a 5 minute walk from the central city, it’s the perfect stop on the way to Oriental Bay Beach where a Kaffee Eis gelato is waiting to reward you for your artistic hard work.

2. Havana Bar

These brightly painted historic Te Aro workingmen’s cottages on Wigan Street date back to the late 19th century. As well as a stunning exterior, Havana’s interior features colourful murals, vintage textures, delicious tapas and incredible cocktails.

3. Gollum and his 'fishes'

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A 13 metre long Gollum can be found trying to catch fish in the main terminal building at Wellington Airport. The sculpture, which is suspended from the roof, shows the emaciated Gollum submerged and reaching for his favourite meal of ‘juicy sweet fishes’. 

4. Solace in the Wind


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.

5. Gandalf and the Great Eagles


Two Great Eagles, one of which carries Gandalf, can be seen flying over visitors at Wellington Airport. Weighing in at one tonne each with a wingspan of 15 metres, the eagles were developed by Weta Workshop and Wellington Airport to join Gollum in welcoming visitors to the Wellington region and New Zealand.

6. Pretty much any café


You simply cannot leave the city named as one of the world’s 8 top coffee cities by CNN without capturing a flat white. Fact.

7. The Tripod

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Weta Workshop was commissioned to create this sculpture celebrating Wellington's film and television industry in 2005. Comprising a film camera and tripod that appear to be composed from a collection of recycled goods, Tripod (located on Courtenay Place across from the Embassy Theatre) pays tribute to the New Zealand screen industry's ‘number 8 wire' attitude.

8. Mt Victoria and Cable Car lookouts

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Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to Cable Car Lookout for a view straight across the city to the harbour, or make your way to the Mount Victoria Lookout for a 360 view of the city, harbour and surrounding suburbs. 

9. City to Sea Bridge

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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.

10. Smaug the Magnificent

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Smaug, considered to be the last of the great dragons in Middle-earth, is the latest Tolkein character to make himself at home at Wellington Airport. With a total length of 4.25 metres from nose to the back of his head and blinking eyes that are eerily lifelike, Smaug watches over passengers checking-in.

11. Wellington Writers Walk

Literally setting the words of writers and poets about Wellington in stone, pick which of this Writers Walk series along the waterfront best captures your impressions of the city.

12. Shark Wall, Cable St


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 this work by BMD, a colourful political statement calling for action against shark finning. Located across the road from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

13. Towering trolls

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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 Studios Tour and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Wellington's movie-making magic.

14. Cuba Street Night Market

A popular spot for locals on Friday and Saturday nights, the live music, lanterns and plenty of delicious street food at the Night Market make for a lively atmosphere down Cuba Street’s pedestrian laneways. 

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