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Things to do

Best things to do for free

You'll be surprised at all the things you can see and do in Wellington that are absolutely, positively free.

Visit Te Papa, our national museum

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Explore Te Papa, where innovative displays tell the stories of New Zealand. From Māori stories to interactive exhibitions, there's plenty to keep you entertained. Just don't forget to visit their Colossal Squid - it's the largest ever to be caught!

Enjoy the view from the top

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Take in the stunning panoramic views at Mount Victoria Lookout - one of the most popular places to get your city bearings and great photos. While Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout is a great spot to watch the sunrise, if you're up for an early morning walk.

Check out our movie-making magic

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Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the world's most spectacular movies at Weta Cave, a mini-museum and the shop front of Oscar-winning Weta Workshop. A must do for all of you who enjoy The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Wander along the waterfront

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Arm yourself with a map or download our Welly Walks iPhone Application and take a stroll around the Wellington waterfront. Got the kids? Take a break at one of Wellington's waterfront playgrounds along the way. 

Stop by Wellington Museum

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Ranked in the Top 50 Museums in the World by The Times UK, Wellington Museum will take you back a thousand years and lead you to a vibrant, present day Wellington. The interactive and exciting exhibitions engage visitors of all ages.

Explore an incredible WWI exhibition

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Explore New Zealand's involvement in WWI at Te Papa's ground-breaking Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition. With creative direction from Sir Richard Taylor and amazing craftsmanship by Weta Workshop, the exhibition combines movie-making with museum storytelling in a powerful tribute to New Zealand's past.

Discover art in the city

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Get absorbed in contemporary art at City Gallery. Located in Civic Square in the heart of the city, it's an easy walk to a number of galleries to continue to your art-day-out. Try Kura Gallery, Page Blackie Gallery or New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

Take a tour of Parliament

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Learn about one of the world's most pregressive democracies on a tour of Parliament Buildings and the iconic Beehive building. Then pop over to Old St Paul's, a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture made from native timbers.

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