PJ's guide to a girls' weekend in Wellington
Polly (PJ) Harding visited Wellington with her bestie Anna to do all the things, eat all the food, and classily sip all the drinks
Stay at Naumi
Wellington's newest hotel is made for Instagram. Naumi dazzles the moment you walk in the front entrance with a large scale floral backdrop covered in gold leaf at reception and bespoke rugs and a majestic lighted floral sculpture in the lobby.
The hotel is full of cosy nooks and spaces to relax and soak up the atmosphere with your bestie. At the heart of the hotel is the grand bar, where you can sample delights from the curated cocktail list or selection of award winning New Zealand wines. Take your drink through to the sumptuous lounge area filled with stylish seating surrounded by books and oddities or to the pastel green dreamscape of the Parlour.
Martinborough wine tour
Just an hour's drive or a picturesque train trip from Wellington is the wine-making village of Martinborough that's renowned for its world-class pinot noir and warm hospitality.
There are over 20 boutique vineyards that are so close together you can bike the flat country roads or stroll between them - all you need is a map from the town's visitor information centre or join a walking tour with Martinborough Wine Walks.
Bikes are available for hire from Green Jersey located on Martinborough's main street, where the friendly team will set you up with a vintage-style bike, or you can opt for a tandem cruiser. Green Jersey will gladly collect any wine purchases you make directly from the vineyard, to save you carrying them on your bike.
There’s so much to do and see and the culture is epic so if you’re thinking of a local and fun Kiwi trip these hols, Welly is your girl
Sweet Axe Throwing
Hurling real axes into chunks of wood might seem like an odd idea for a girls' weekend but we reckon there's no better way to escape reality and let off some steam with your best friends at Sweet Axe Throwing.
But be warned, while it may seem like fun and games, axe throwing is competitive business and you'll need to follow the official World Axe Throwing League rulebook. Sweet Axe's professional axe throwing coaches, better known as axe-perts, will teach you the safe, correct throwing technique before launching into a full-blown axe tournament.
If you're 'that' friend who likes to win, find an online tutorial and start practicing.
Megisti Sailing Charter
See Wellington from a different angle aboard the luxury 12.6-metre catamaran, Megisti. This true sailing experience takes you from Queens Wharf across the harbour towards Matiu/Somes Island and Mākaro/Ward Island with hourly, a half-day or overnight options.
Megisti's resident Dalmatian named Shake, is the official 'spotter' of the dolphins, orca whales, seals and little blue penguins that occasionally come within range.
The yacht can carry up to 20 passengers so grab your favourite friends and spend an afternoon on the water enjoying the range of drinks and snacks available on-board.
Ortega Fish Shack
One of those restaurants equally beloved by locals and visitors, Ortega is upmarket dining with a laidback, good-time vibe. Ortega's aesthetic is beachside bistro: weatherboard shutters, mosaic-tiled floors, walls covered with nautical paraphernalia and mounted fish.
Ortega is a seafood restaurant serving up fresh and sustainably-caught New Zealand kaimoana (seafood). The menu changes each day, depending on what fish is available but whatever comes in, there's always ceviche on the menu – fresh raw fish with Asian herbs, crispy shallots and ginger-spiked dressing - this is a dish that would cause a riot among regulars if it were ever taken off the menu.