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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 this ultimate list of Wellington’s scenic splendour:
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.
Over 26 hectares of unique landscape, exotic forests, native bush and colourful floral displays snake up the side of one of the city’s hills facing outwards towards the harbour. Ride Wellington’s historic Cable Car to its Lookout at the top of the Garden and then follow the Sculpture Trail back down to the city.
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 Rimutaka 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. Be sure to post your best summit shot on social and be in to win as part of the city’s #PeakBragging campaign.
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.
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.