A wild weekend for urban adventurers

Explore the city by kayak, bike, yacht and waka. The motto of this weekend? Do the mahi, get the treats

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This wild weekend is for those who like to actively explore a city to find hidden gems and new perspectives. Ride an e-bike to the top of Mount Victoria without breaking a sweat, sail on the harbour with a Dalmation dog named Shake, learn how to paddle a waka and perhaps even paddle a kayak to get a scoop of locally made gelato.

Kayak for a snack

First, a kayak. Head to Ferg's at Queens Wharf, where the friendly crew will set you up with kayaks and lifejackets, plus they also offer guided tours and kayak lessons. Once you've mastered your kayaking technique, reward yourself with a scoop of gelato from Gelissimo. This locally owned gelateria is renowned for its range of flavours, made in-house using local ingredients. Don't miss getting a taste of their most popular flavour Yum Yum - vanilla gelato swirled with local Fix & Fogg peanut butter, salted caramel and dark chocolate. 

E-bike for a view

Wellington is bursting at the seams with vibrant scenic views and must-visit hotspots. While the size of the city makes it very walkable, if you’re looking to switch things up and get creative with your transport, an e-bike from Switched On Bikes is just the ticket. You don’t need to be an experienced rider as an e-bike basically does all the work for you, making for a relaxed ride. 

Head off on your own independent adventure or opt for a guided tour from one of Switched On's local guides. They have the insider knowledge and tips on where to go and what to do - and how best to get there. 

Set sail on Wellington Harbour

See Wellington from a different angle aboard the luxury 12.6-metre catamaran, Megisti. Sail away from Queens Wharf across the harbour towards Matiu/Somes Island and Mākaro/Ward Island taking in stunning views back towards the city. Megisti's resident Dalmatian dog, Shake, is the official 'spotter' of the dolphins, orca whales, seals and little blue penguins that occasionally come within range. 

Make sure you bring your best sartorial look to wear onboard - this is the time to bust out those nautical-themed stripes and boat shoes.

Paddle a waka

For a truly unique and memorable group experience, gather your whānau (family) and friends and join a waka tour with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke.

The crew will welcome you into the wharewaka (boathouse) with a mihi whakatau (traditional welcome) which is all about making connections with the crew and others on your tour. You'll then learn how to hoe (paddle) using the basic commands and chants, haka and salutes before taking to the water aboard waka Poutu or Te Taumata.

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