20 awesome things under $20 in Wellington

Make your way through the capital city by checking out the 20 things to do, see and eat under $20. It's Wellington's ultimate best, banging, bargain adventure

Harbourside Market on Sunday

Barnett Street, Wellington

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Harbourside Market is a Sunday morning ritual for locals, who go to buy fresh produce and fresh fish straight off the back of a fishing boat that moors beside the market. Food trucks serve a range of delicious food and coffee and stalls of local artisan food produce (prices vary).

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Ride a Crocodile Bike

5/22 Herd Street, Wellington waterfront

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Pedal around Wellington’s scenic waterfront on a quirky Crocodile Bike. Hire a three-seater for 30 minutes of cruising for $19, or grab a few mates and get a four-seater ($49 for 1 hour – with four people that's less than $13 each!)


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Go for a milkshake at Maranui

7a Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay

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In a heritage building that was formerly the Lyall Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Maranui has an eclectic Kiwiana surf clubhouse vibe that’s full of vintage treasures. Order a milkshake (the Snickers comes highly recommended) and nab a seat on the outside deck to soak up the sea views ($8 or $9 for a super shake).

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Go for burgers

18 Majoribanks Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

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Everybody loves a burger, and Burger Liquor can provide a burger to suit almost everyone - regardless of age or dietary requirement. All of Burger Liquor's delicious menu is under $20 and the atmosphere is laidback and fun.


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Get toasted at Fix & Fogg

5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Fix & Fogg, makers of artisan peanut butter, have a cute-as-a-button retail window in Hannahs Laneway, where you can buy jars of peanut butter ($7) and slices of toast slathered with their range of peanut butter ($7) and toppings, plus a mug of filter coffee ($2).

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To infinity and beyond at Space Place

40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington

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Discover the stories of our southern skies through Space Place's multimedia exhibition and digital full-dome planetarium. Take a look through the historic Thomas Cooke telescope on late nights (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) as weather permits ($14).


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Parliament Buildings

Walk the halls of power at Parliament

Molesworth Street, Pipitea, Wellington

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Get the inside word on New Zealand's system of government and learn all about the busy bees that work inside the Beehive on a guided tour of Parliament (free of charge).


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Get a selfie with some trolls at Weta Cave

1 Weka street, Miramar

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Hang out with wizards and trolls on a visit to Weta Cave, Wellington's home of movie-making magic (entry to the Cave is free, while a tour of Weta Workshop costs $25)

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Treat yourself to a delicious waffle

53 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

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Grab a hot waffle loaded up with decadent toppings like freshly whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce, fresh fruit and sprinkles. You'll find The Little Waffle Shop on Courtenay Place ($7 each, $5 waffle of the week on Wednesdays).

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Mt Vic Chippery

Have a fish and chip feast

5 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington

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Mt Vic Chippery's Weekday Express Lunch is excellent value: for $15 you'll get a piece of beer-battered, crumbed or gluten-free battered market fish, crinkle-cut fries, slaw, sauce and a soft-drink. Go have a fish and chip picnic at nearby Oriental Bay.


Go see a movie

Light House Cuba, Wellington

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Cosy up on a two-seater couch and enjoy a movie at the boutique Light House Cinema which has three theatres around Wellington. Adult tickets are $17.50 every day and just $11.50 each Tuesday.


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Sip a cocktail

45 Tory St, Te Aro, Wellington

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One of Wellington's most-loved restaurants, Chow serves up fresh, contemporary takes on Asian eats along with a line-up of delicious cocktails in a cool-casual setting. Their delicious cocktails are all under $20 - our favourite is the rosebud.


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Katherine Mansfield birthplace

Step back in time

25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington

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Step back into Victorian New Zealand at the 1888 birthplace of Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp, New Zealand's most famous author and one of the world's best-known short story writers ($8). Or go get a glimpse into a pioneering New Zealand family at Wellington's oldest original cottage, Nairn Street Cottage ($8).


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