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From the salty air of Island Bay to the film-making hub of Miramar, and the sanctuary of Karori to the history of Thorndon, Wellington’s suburbs are a treasure trove of activities, sights and sounds.
Wellington’s historic precinct and oldest suburb is a place where you can learn stories from New Zealand’s past. Home to New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings and other architectural gems, Thorndon showcases Wellington city’s bright and colourful history. Visit Tinakori Road - the capital's antique centre - and experience a Wellington Capital Highlights tour.
Not to be confused with Aro Valley, Te Aro is at the heart of Wellington’s theatre district. Home to numerous bars, theatres, cinemas and the most visited museum in Australasia, the suburb is full of culture, charm and surprise.
Just minutes from downtown Wellington, but worlds apart, lies Karori. A picturesque suburb surrounded by bush-clad hills and home to Zealandia – the world’s first eco-sanctuary full of New Zealand’s rarest wildlife. Wellington’s mountain biking park, Makara Peak, is 250 hectares of fun and action, with spectacular views of the city and surrounds.
Cosmopolitan Newtown sees cultures collide and flavours abound. The suburb’s annual street fair in March sees diverse stalls and ethic food outlets cover the suburb’s main street for a festival unlike any other. Newtown is also home to the ‘best little zoo in the world’, Government House and popular neighbourhood bar and eatery, Monterey.
This coastal suburb is an easy mix of culture, cuisine and the outdoors. Learn to scuba dive with one of two diving companies operating in Island Bay, visit the Island Bay Marine Education Centre or complete the City to Sea Walkway – a 12km walk from Parliament to Island Bay. Visit the suburb’s art galleries - dittybox and the McCormack Studio Gallery.
Wellington’s film-making hub has played a starring role in many of Peter Jackson’s movies. Visit the Weta Cave, a mini movie museum and retail store, or pop into Roxy Cinema – a glamorous 1930s-style boutique theatre. And have your fill at some of Miramar's finest eateries - Café Polo, The Larder or Coco at The Roxy.
The iconic Jackson Street in Petone houses a mix of heritage buildings, funky cafes and boutiques. Visit the Petone Settlers Museum and learn stories of the first organised European settler landings in New Zealand. Fill your water bottle from the famous Te Puna Wai Ora (Spring of Life) in Buick Street – pure, artesian water straight from the fountain’s tap.
Situated on the eastern shore of Wellington Harbour, Eastbourne is a mere 25 minute ferry ride or drive from Wellington city. A summer haven for swimmers and kitesurfers courtesy of popular beaches and a balmy microclimate. Grab an ice cream, park up on the beach and get lost in a summer daze at Days Bay.