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As a city nestled between harbour and hills, you’re never far from a stunning vista in Wellington. To help you pick, we’ve rounded up some of the locals favourite spots of Wellington’s scenic splendour.
No list of Wellington vistas would be complete without a Mount Victoria mention. Sitting above one of the city’s inner suburbs, the Lookout can be easily accessed via a bush walk from the city to summit, or by car or bus. The vantage point is best viewed at the start of any Wellington trip to orient yourself with the city below.
Walk or bike the coastal trail along the Pencarrow Coast and take in the uninterrupted views. Stop at the first lighthouse on the beach - and for even better views make your way up to the old lighthouse for panoramic views of Wellington harbour and across to the South Island.
Walk up to the turbine at the top of Brooklyn Hill for spectacular breathtaking views of the Wellington region.
Take a drive around the city’s scenic bays and a quick walk up to this slightly lesser-known lookout point in Wellington. Occupying the site of a World War II gun battery, this marble and granite structure commemorates former Prime Minister, William Ferguson Massey. Views of the harbour are spectacular, especially if you climb up the rough tracks to the southeast of the memorial.
The summit of Mount Kaukau is the most visible high point in Wellington and provides panoramic views of the city and harbour as well as the Remutaka and Tararua Ranges to the north. The trek up is only an hour with plenty of seats to rest on and soak it all in.
Ride Wellington’s historic Cable Car from the CBD to its Lookout at the top. For a different way down, meander back down through the Wellington Botanic Garden - 26 hectares of unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush and colourful floral displays.
Set around a picturesque reservoir, Zealandia is home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife. Take a boat trip across the historic dam or get your gradient up and head to the fenceline of Zealandia at the top of the Fuchsia Track for stunning views of the sanctuary and city below.
Matiu/Somes Island is a predator-free reserve steeped in a rich multicultural history. Its position in the centre of the harbour makes it the perfect spot for a bit of boat watching as well as views around the entire harbour and nearby Hutt Valley. Take the East by West Ferry to the island and check out the view from the southern lookout in particular, near the island’s lighthouse.