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Best things to do for free

Make the most of all the things to do for free in Wellington on your next visit.

Visit Te Papa, our national museum

Explore the national museum, Te Papa, where innovative displays tell the stories of New Zealand. From Māori culture to cutting-edge new exhibitions, there's plenty to keep you entertained. Make sure to see the Colossal Squid - its eyes are the size of soccer balls! 

Enjoy the view from the top

Take in the stunning panoramic views at Mount Victoria Lookout - this is part of the Southern Walkway track and one of the most popular places to get some excellent snaps of the capital. Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout is a great spot to watch the sunrise, if you're up for an early morning walk. For more walks with stunning views, take a look at

Check out our movie-making magic

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the world's most spectacular movies at Weta Cave, a mini-museum and the shop front of Oscar-winning Weta Workshop. A must do for all of you who enjoy The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Thunderbirds Are Go!

Wander along the waterfront

Arm yourself with a map or download our Welly Walks iPhone App and take a stroll around the Wellington waterfront. Got the kids? Take a break at one of Wellington's waterfront playgrounds along the way and stop for gelato too.

Stop by Wellington Museum

Ranked in the Top 50 Museums in the World by The Times UK, Wellington Museum will take you back a thousand years and lead you to a vibrant, present day Wellington. The new The Attic exhibition features a raucous collection of Wellington artifacts both new and old.

Explore an incredible WWI exhibition

Explore New Zealand's involvement in WWI at Te Papa's moving Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition. With creative direction from Sir Richard Taylor and amazing craftsmanship by Weta Workshop, the exhibition combines movie-making with museum storytelling in a powerful tribute to New Zealand's past.

Get your art fix

There are a myriad of galleries to explore in Wellington. Get absorbed in some of the best local and international contemporary art at City Gallery in Civic Square, then continue onto { Suite }Kura Gallery, Page Blackie Gallery or New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

Take a tour of Parliament

Learn about one of the world's most progressive democracies on a tour of Parliament Buildings and the iconic Beehive building - rumour has it it was designed on a napkin. Then pop over to Old St Paul's, a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture made from native timbers.