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
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).
Ride the Wellington Cable Car
280 Lambton Quay, Te Aro, Wellington
Take a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car to the top of the Cable Car Lookout for panoramic views over the city and harbour. One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions, the Wellington Cable Car departs every 10 minutes from Lambton Quay in downtown Wellington ($9 adult return ticket).
Ride a Crocodile Bike
5/22 Herd Street, Wellington waterfront
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!)
Go for a milkshake at Maranui
7a Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay
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).
Contemplate art at City Gallery Wellington
Te Ngākau Civic Square, Wellington
Get your arts and culture fix at City Gallery Wellington in Te Ngākau Civic Square which shows exhibitions of contemporary art from Aotearoa and around the world. The exhibitions are generally free of charge and once a month, the gallery stays open for a special late-night with admission by koha (donation).
Explore Wellington Museum
3 Jervois Quay, Wellington
Ranked in the Top 50 Museums in the World by The Times UK, Wellington Museum offers interactive exhibitions that will appeal to all ages. Don't miss The Attic exhibition on the top floor of the museum - it's a raucous collection of Wellington artefacts, both new and old (free entry).
Go for burgers
18 Majoribanks Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington
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.
Get toasted at Fix & Fogg
5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington
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).
To infinity and beyond at Space Place
40 Salamanca Road, Kelburn, Wellington
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).
mmm hot chocolate
5 Eva Street, Hannahs Laneway
Warm up or treat yourself with a decadent and delicious hot chocolate from Wellington Chocolate Factory. Using artisan methods from the 18th century, they craft some mighty tasty chocolate bars, with a Kiwi twist. Watch the team make their crazy good hot choco like no other down Hannahs Laneway.
Treat yourself to a delicious waffle
53 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington
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).
Have a fish and chip feast
5 Majoribanks Street, Mount Victoria, Wellington
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.
Sip a cocktail
45 Tory St, Te Aro, Wellington
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.
Step back in time
25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon, Wellington
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).
Try some Garage Project craft beer and wine
91 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington
Take a stroll to the Garage Project Taproom in Aro Valley and try of some of Wellington's finest craft beer and wild wine. There are 18 beers on tap, two cask lines and a mixture of wine available (prices vary).