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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

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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. 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. Castlepoint Lighthouse

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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. 

3. Egmont Street

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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. 

4. Solace in the Wind

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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. Comes and Goes

Comes and Goes is one of the most grammable cafes you'll find, and is nestled on charming Jackson Street in the quirky township of Petone, just a 15 minute drive from Wellington. Explore the street's many second-hand stores and international food shops and settle in for a beautiful brunch at this cool spot.

6. Bucket Fountain

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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.

7. Gallipoli: the scale of our war

Created by national museum Te Papa and Weta Workshop to mark the centenary of World War I, this incredible exhibition features models at 2.4 times human size that took over 24,000 hours to craft. Visiting the exhibition is an incredibly moving and poignant experience, and the scale and detail of the models make for stunning photos.

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-degree 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. The views over the lagoon are stunning too. 

10. Hannahs Laneway

Hannahs Laneway has been transformed from a dull side street into a thriving hub of culinary craftsmanship. Taste your way from boutique peanut butter to craft soda, stop for pint of local beer and admire the street art and installations while you're there. 

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

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

14. Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay is just a hop, skip and a jump from the city, and is a hugely popular spot when the sun shines in Wellington. The golden sands, city views and harbour backdrop make for great Insta shots. 

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