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The waterfront is one of the city's most distinctive and attractive precincts.
Once the centre of Wellington's bustling port, the Wellington Waterfront is one of the city's most distinctive and attractive precincts. Separating central city from sea, the waterfront is home to a vibrant, ever-changing atmosphere with unique features and attractions.
Whether you like to ride bikes, roller skate or blade, or simply wander, the waterfront is the perfect spot for it. Hire skates or bikes from Fergs Kayaks, or grab a crocodile bike and go for a spin. If you want to get on the water, pick up a kayak, stand up paddle board or a pedal boat and paddle around the inner harbour.
You’ll also find a number of artistic and inspiring artworks dotted along the waterfront. Follow the trail of sculptures and keep an eye out for the poetic slabs of concrete that form the Writers Walk, as well as iconic Water Whirler located by Frank Kitts Park and the famous Solace in the Wind sculpture by Te Papa.
Take the kids to Frank Kitts Park – they’ll love the playground and the iconic lighthouse slide. Older kids will enjoy the skate ramps and climbing frames further around at Waitangi Park. There’s also heaps of diving platforms and planks if you fancy a dip!
If you’d rather take it easy, simply find a perch, sit back, and soak up the stunning views of Wellington’s harbour and hills.
You’ll discover a string of tasty restaurants, cafes and buzzing bars along the waterfront. For a fine dining seafood experience you can’t beat classic Shed 5, or Whitebait on Clyde Quay Wharf, crowned Cuisine Magazine’s Best New Restaurant of 2015. If you’re after some more casual eats, try Poneke, Crab Shack or Coene’s Provisions, or unwind with a refreshing beverage on a bean bag at St Johns or Karaka Café.