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The best ways to get warm and cosy in Wellington this winter.
1. Thunderbirds are go! Recapture your childhood on a Weta Studio Tour of genuine props, models and miniatures behind the popular TV series.
2. Get excited about winter with a new coat, designed and made in Wellington, from twenty-seven names on Ghuznee Street.
3. Meet the hot chocolate of your dreams at Scopa on Cuba Street - thick, chocolatey and warming, it’s practically dessert.
4. Walk off the hot chocolate on one of Wellington’s trails – there’s hundreds to choose from, including some within minutes of the CBD.
6. Wellington becomes a jazz hall as the annual Wellington Jazz Festival returns to add a dose of class, swing and groove to the city.
7. The all-weather, all-season alternative to vineyard hopping, Martinborough’s The Wine Bank has over 60 local wines available for tasting in a luxe lounge setting.
8. Find your favourite piece of Wellington street art. Hot contenders are Ghuznee Street’s shout-out to Bowie and Egmont Laneway’s rainbow-haired unicorn.
9. Time for a treat? Head to Lashings in Hannahs Laneway for next-level boutique brownies and sign up for their monthly brownie subscription.
11. Book in for fine dining, earth-moving, life-changing Māori kai at Hiakai on Wallace Street. Wellington chef and owner, Monique Fiso’s boundary-pushing cuisine is receiving global acclaim.
12. From fantastical creations, to lions and flying saucers, you never know what you might find at The Attic, Wellington Museum’s steampunk-styled exhibit.
13. Meet the chimpanzees at Wellington Zoo’s new upgraded chimpanzee habitat with exciting new features, including climbing structures, nests, hammocks and ropes.
14. Explore Zealandia ecosanctuary on a torchlight Night Tour as your guide leads you in search of some of our rare and endangered species which only come out at night.
16. Go for a seasonal cocktail at Forresters Lane – their drinks menu changes weekly to make the most of fresh produce.
17. Take a daytrip to Kāpiti Island to experience one of the most rich and diverse nature reserves in New Zealand.
18. Have a cosy meal at 1154 of fresh, handmade pasta topped with your favourite sauce and organic wine.
19. Get a good vantage point to watch the spectacular Matariki fireworks over Wellington Harbour.