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Discover the best spots to seek out the sun, surf and sand in Wellington, and get the inside scoop on our line-up of hot summer events.
Being nestled beside a sparkling harbour and surrounded by a ruggedly beautiful coastline, the capital has plenty of ways to keep cool in and on the water. You’re never far from a great beach and there are plenty of top notch surf spots around the region. Join the locals jumping off the diving platform on Taranaki Wharf or head out for a peaceful paddle in a pedal boat, kayak or stand up paddle board.
Whether you like it easy-going, hardcore, or a bit of a mix, Wellington has all the goods for a good time on two wheels. Our hilly, bush-clad landscape makes for exhilarating riding, and you'll find hundreds of kilometres of mountain biking trails across Wellington and the Hutt Valley. For a more leisurely time, cycle through the vineyards of our neighbouring wine region, Wairarapa.
Explore the capital on foot this summer with the many walkways that weave through the region. The free Welly Walks App will help you discover nature reserves, forests and the rugged South Coast; landmarks and historic sites; public art and picturesque views. It's got all the detail you need, including maps and pictures, and you can take it with you. Perfect!
Ever wanted to hand-feed a giraffe, play with a mob of meerkats or stroke a red panda, lemur or cheetah? Well, you can at ‘the best little zoo in the world’, Wellington Zoo! For another unforgettable nature experience, try spotting one of over 100 Little Spotted Kiwi on the Zealandia Night Tour. Wellington is packed with parks, walks and wildlife encounters perfect for the whole family.
Make the most of the summer days and nights at some of our best sunny day dining spots. Watch the world go by at one of Oriental Bay's waterfront cafes and gelato shops, enjoy a crafty brew on the beanbags at St Johns and The Rogue and Vagabond, or head to one the city's many parks with a picnic or some yummy fish and chips.
Summer is all about relaxing, so why not treat yourself with spa treatments and beauty therapy? We reckon you can't go past one of Bodyhaven's refreshing treatments, a four-handed Mantra massage at East Day Spa, or an organic chocolate facial at Erban Spa. Spring Spa also offer iPods so you can choose your own relaxing soundtrack for your treatment. How good is that?
Held throughout the city, along the waterfront and in parks and gardens, the Summer City Festival includes numerous free events including concerts, and major community, sports and cultural events. Be sure to check out Meridian Gardens Magic which see locals and visitors alike head to the picturesque Botanic Garden for a series of free outdoor concerts.