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Planning a long weekend in the capital? Excellent choice! Brimming with culture, creativity, coffee and cuisine, you’ll find there’s plenty to do in Wellington and thanks to our compact size, it’s easy to pack it all in. Here’s a few ways to make the most of your long weekend.
Fill your weekend with the delectable cuisine that Wellington is famous for. With over 750 restaurants and cafes to choose from, it’s easy to spend an entire weekend eating your way around the city. Work your way through the hot new haunts or have a look at our guide to cheap eats and fine dining. For a real local experience, pay a visit to our bustling markets and sample locally-produced artisan goods.
In Wellington there’s no shortage of good brews. Sit back and relax with a freshly roasted coffee in one of our colourful cafes, or savour a locally brewed craft beer in our specialist craft beer bars. If you’re a bit of a night owl, Wellington’s vibrant nightlife will put a smile on your dial. Enjoy a tipple in one of our buzzing bars, or hide away in these cool courtyards - perfect for a night cap.
Whether you’re a culture vulture, history buff, or film fanatic, Wellington has plenty to entertain you. Visit the innovative Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and learn New Zealand’s stories through bold and interactive exhibits. Art enthusiasts will enjoy browsing our many galleries, while film-lovers will delight in discovering Wellington’s movie-making magic. Wellington also boasts an action-packed events calendar so there’s always a live show, exhibition or festival to experience.
Make sure you pack a pair of comfortable shoes for your long weekend visit, as Wellington is best explored on foot. Follow the trail of boutique eateries and factories along foodie haven, Hannahs Laneway, wander the waterfront and discover the poetic words of the Writers Walk, or take a leisurely stroll through Wellington Botanic Garden. If you want to crank it up a notch, trek up Mt Victoria for breathtaking views.
From trendy boutiques full of local designs, to gorgeous art and quirky gift stores, you’ll easily fill your weekend with retail therapy and your suitcase with new things. For all your high street shopping needs, Lambton Quay is the place to go. Wakefield Street is where you’ll find unique pieces from New Zealand designers, or cruise down Cuba Street for quality vintage stores.
Whether you want to splurge on a luxury hotel for your long weekend or save your pennies for activities, Wellington has an accommodation option to suit. Browse and book your stay now.