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19 ways to warm your soul in the cosiest little capital

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.

5. Warm your soul and ignite your spirit with a visit to Te Papa’s stunning art gallery, Toi Art.

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.

10. A visit to the culture capital isn’t complete without taking in a play at waterfront Circa or Cambridge Terrace’s legendary theatre BATS.

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.

15. Head to Space Studio atop Mt Victoria or Pause Yoga in Eastbourne enjoy vistas over Wellington harbour while you work on your downward-facing dog.


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.