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19 ways to get that summer feeling in Wellington

In Wellington, summer is an attitude - not just a season. Here are some of our favourite ways to get that Wellington summer feeling.

1. Keep chilled and alert with an iced filter coffee from Customs by Supreme Coffee on Ghuznee Street or a nitro coffee from Crocky's Cold Brew at Sunday's Harbourside Market

2. Head to Cuba Street for Wellington's food markets on Friday and Saturday nights and feast on delicious eats from local food trucks. 

3. Check out the galleries in the Cuba Street Art Quarter and discover the next big names in contemporary art. 

4. Explore the Ghuznee Craft Beer Mile, Wellington's newest brewing neighbourhood of brew bars and boutique shopping. 

5. Order some of Boquita's plant-based tacos to-go, and head to Waitangi Park for a picnic 

6. Critique the art and enjoy live music with a cash bar of drinks and snacks at City Gallery Wellington's Tuatara Open Late sessions. 

7. Have a close encounter with a cheetah, handfeed a panda or touch a tuatara at the magical Wellington Zoo

8. Go for the potato gratin, stay for the endless filter coffee refills - brunch at Prefab is a Wellington institution. Don't forget a doughnut for the road. 

9. Go for a dance at a Gardens Magic concert at the Wellington Botanic Garden, and check out the magical lighting installations after dark. 

10. Take a walk up to the Brooklyn Wind Turbine for panoramic views, followed by brunch at the Salty Pidgin on Todman Street. 

11. Get your nose stuck in a book at one of Wellington's independent bookstores such as Unity Books, Ekor or Vic Books

12. Ride an electric bike from Switched On Bikes around the Miramar Peninsula and laugh in the face of a headwind. 

13. Head to Wakefield Street to find your favourite among Field & Green's 17 flavours of hand-churned ice cream, from classic hokey pokey to exotic cardamom and saffron. 

14. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and book in for lunch at Bellamys by Logan Brown, previously open only to politicians. 

15. Meet the marine life from the rocky shores of Wellington's unique south coast at the Island Bay Marine Education Centre

16. Order some gourmet fish and chips from Salt & Batter in Island Bay and picnic on the beach as you watch the fishing boats come in. 

17. Dive into the outdoor heated summer pools in Thorndon and Petone or do some indoor laps at Freyberg Pool at Oriental Bay. 

18. Settle in for a movie at architecturally award-winning boutique cinema, Light House Cinema Cuba, with couches, craft beer and choc-top ice creams. 

19. Take a day trip to the Wairarapa to enjoy a platter at Poppies, boutique shopping in Greytown and cheese sampling in Featherston.