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
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).
2. 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).
3. 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).
4. Ride a Crocodile Bike
5/22 Herd Street, Te Aro, Wellington
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
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).
6. Grab a slice from Tommy Millions
101/103 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington
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
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).
8. 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).
9. 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).
10. 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).
12. 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.
13. The best hot chocolate of your life
141 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
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).
15. 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).
17. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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).