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What to do in Wellington this winter

Planning a trip to Wellington this winter? Lucky for you, we've prepared some weekend itineraries to help you make the most of the cooler months in the capital.

Luxury getaway


AM / Start your weekend on the right foot, explore Wellington’s famed foodie side and meet the makers with Zest Food Tours.
PM / Hit the shops and refresh your winter wardrobe from some of Wellington’s best boutiques. Browse the racks at swish shops like No. 16 and Service Depot, or hit up department store David Jones.


AM / Enjoy a lazy Sunday brunch at Cuba Street classic Olive, where a mimosa and meal in the lush courtyard is a must-do.
PM / Enjoy an afternoon of pampering at stylish Spring Spa. Afterwards, visit the iconic Logan Brown restaurant, a longtime fine dining favourite where the paua ravioli is legendary.

Culture fix


AM / Have a leisurely brunch at Nikau Café – the sage fried eggs are a classic – and head next door to City Gallery, where This Is New Zealand explores our arts identity until 15 July.
PM / Explore the institutions that make Cuba Street famous. Forage for second-hand gems at Thrift and Recycle Boutique, see contemporary art at {suite} and Enjoy galleries, and caffeinate at Midnight Espresso.


AM / Enjoy a street food breakfast from Harbourside Market – churros, roti wrap or souvlaki, anyone? Take your kai along the waterfront and discover plenty sculpture aplenty including the Wellington Writers Walk installations.
PM / Take yourself on a street art tour by strolling Wellington’s laneways – Hannahs Laneway, Egmont Street and Opera House Lane all boast some brilliant walls by local artists.

Family fun


AM / Fuel the whānau with a feed and a flat white from the freshly-revamped Caffe L’affare. Afterwards, stroll to Te Papa, where the Discovery Centre provides endless hours of hands-on fun for young ones.
PM / Stargaze and discover the magic of our skies at Space Place, then rug up and let the kids burn off some energy at Wellington Botanic Garden. At dinnertime, head to Southern Cross or Grill Meats Beer for a family feast.


AM / Spend your morning at Wellington Zoo and meet some amazing creatures, from exotic sun bears and adorable red pandas to cheeky native kea and local farmyard favourites.
PM / Enjoy the hike to the top of Mount Victoria and take in the scenic views around the region, and treat the fam to a round of hot chocolates in Oriental Bay when you’ve walked back down.

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