20 awesome things under $20 in the coolest little capital

There's heaps of cool things to see, do and eat in Wellington that won't break the bank. Here's 20 things you can do for under $20

1. Get breakfast and coffee at Harbourside Market

Corner Barnett and Cable Street, Te Aro, 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).


Harbourside Markets
Wellington Cable Car

2. Ride the Wellington Cable Car

280 Lambton Quay, Te Aro, Wellington

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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).


3. 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).


Katherine Mansfield birthplace
Crocodile Bike

4. Ride a Crocodile Bike

5/22 Herd Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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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!)


5. Go for a milkshake at Maranui

Maranui Cafe, 7A Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington

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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).


Maranui Cafe people
Tommy Millions shop front customers talking v2

6. Grab a slice from Tommy Millions

101/103 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington

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Tommy Millions is Wellington's own pizza empire, serving up Wellington's take on New York-style pizza-by-the-slice across three inner-city sites. Slices go for around $5-$6 and Monday to Friday from 11am until 4pm, Margherita slices are two-for-one at Courtenay Place.


7. Explore Wellington Museum

3 Jervois Quay, Wellington

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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).


Wellington Museum exterior 2019
City Gallery art exhibition

9. 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).


Fix & Fogg peanut butter on toast
Carter Observatory MilkyWay

10. 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).


11. 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).


Parliament Buildings
Mt Vic Chippery

12. 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.


13. The best hot chocolate of your life

141 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Warm up or treat yourself with a decadent and delicious Italian hot chocolate from Scopa on Cuba Street. It's made with melted chocolate and cream and so thick you can stand your spoon up in it ($7 for a large).


Scopa Hot Chocolate
WETA tours trolls with young child yelling

14. Get a selfie with some trolls at Weta Cave

1 Weka street, Mirimar, Wellington

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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)


15. 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).

The Little Waffle Shop exterior Courtenay Place
The Lighthouse Cinema

16. 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.


17. 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.


Chow cocktails with hands in shot
leeds street bakery biscuit

19. 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.


Burger Liquor burgers fries drinks
Garage Project

20. Try some Garage Project craft beer and wine

91 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington

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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).


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