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There's heaps of cool things to see, do and eat in Wellington that won't break the bank. Here's 20 things you can do for under $20.
1. Play ‘spot the tuatara’, watch cheeky kaka swarm for food at snack time, and see weta hanging out in their tree hotel at the epic Zealandia eco-sanctuary (adults $18.50)
2. Take a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car and enjoy stunning views over the city from the lookout ($7.50 adult return)
3. Journey through WWI history at two incredible exhibitions - The Great War Exhibition on Buckle St (adults $15), and Gallipoli: The scale of our war at Te Papa (free) - brought to life by movie-making maestros, Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson.
4. Pedal around Wellington’s scenic waterfront on a quirky Crocodile Bike. Hire a two seater for 30 minutes of cruising for $16.50, or grab a few mates and get a four seater ($44 for 1 hour – with four people that's just $11 each!)
5. Everything on the Ekim Burgers menu is affordable and delicious. You'd come under budget here, so go ahead and chuck some chips in too. Choice! ($8-$15)
6. Tommy Millions do pizza by the slice at around $5 each. That equals approximately four slices. Not bad, not bad at all ($5-$5.50 a slice)
7. Discover Wellington’s secrets, stories and treasures at Wellington Museum on the waterfront (free)
8. Get your culture fix at City Gallery, home to an ever-changing collection of contemporary art from Aotearoa and abroad. Currently showing is works by Shannon Te Ao, Petra Cortright, Martino Gamper and Colin McCahon.
9. Take a gander at Wellington's boutique soda factory, Six Barrel Soda, and sample their specialty sodas.
10. Gaze into the skies above Wellington and learn all about astronomy at Space Place ($12.50)
11. Get the inside word on New Zealand's system of government and learn all about the busy bees that work inside the Beehive, on a guided tour of Parliament Buildings (free)
12. For a quick bite to eat that'll have all your fellow lunch mates absolutely envious, try Mt Vic Chippery's Express Lunch. Crumbed fish, crinkle cut chips and slaw. Yum! ($10)
13. Warm up over the winter months with a decadent and delicious Italian hot chocolate from Scopa on Cuba Street ($6 for a large)
14. Hang out with wizards and trolls on a visit to Weta Cave, Wellington’s home of movie-making magic (entry to the Cave is free, while a tour of Weta Workshop costs $25)
15. Grab a hot waffle loaded up with fresh cream, white chocolate drizzle, fruit and vanilla ganache from The Little Waffle Shop ($7 each, $5 on Wednesdays)
16. Cosy up on a two-seater couch and enjoy a movie at the boutique Light House Cinema, Cuba ($17.50 per person)
17. Chow's cocktails are insanely good, we particularly like the Rosebud. Plus, each come in at under $20 a pop ($13-$18)
18. Slurp on a tasty milkshake with friends at Five Boroughs. Flavours include Jelly tip, Bounty and Triple chocolate ($7.50)
19. Every day from 2-5pm at Burger Liquor get a Standard burger, crinkle cut fries and a cold tap bevvy or bootleggers soda as part of the Standard Deal ($15)
20. Hop up to Garage Project Cellar Door and taste a few beers from their eight tap line-up (free)