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Best free and cheap activities

If you’re looking for something to do that won’t cost you too much money, here are some local tips for free and cheap activities.

Head to Wellington Night Market

This bustling night market is on every Friday and Saturday night – enjoy the delicious international street food while listening to local musicians busking. 

Visit Te Papa

Te Papa is a must-do Wellington activity. It’s New Zealand’s national museum, with an amazing selection of interactive exhibitions including a giant squid!

See the view from Mount Victoria lookout

Walk or take the bus to Mount Victoria lookout. This is a great way to get your bearings and figure out the layout of Wellington, and the views are spectacular.

Browse the Harbourside Market

On a Sunday morning, visit Harbourside Market and buy fresh locally-grown fruit and vegetables. There are great stalls for a street food breakfast too.

Get a coffee

Wellington is known for its coffee culture, and is said to be the birthplace of the flat white – a famous New Zealand coffee made with lots of milk. Make sure you try one at a local café for about $4.

Have pizza for lunch at Scopa

Check out Scopa, a popular Italian restaurant on arty Cuba Street, where the delicious margherita pizzas are only $8 each every Tuesday from 11am - 3pm.

See movie magic at the Weta Cave

Visit Weta Cave, located in the famous film-making suburb of Miramar just a short bus ride from the central city. This mini-museum is full of amazing props from film series like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Ride the Wellington Cable Car

Ride the Wellington Cable Car from the city to the beautiful Botanic Gardens. This iconic red cable car has been running since 1902 and is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Tour the Beehive

Find out more about New Zealand's Government and a free guided tour of the nation’s Parliament Buildings, including the amazing Beehive, which is said to have been designed on a napkin.

Wander the Wellington waterfront

Wellington city is built around its waterfront, which is great for exploring on a sunny day. Hire a Croc Bike with a group of friends, ride around and enjoy the sights.