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Bucket list for students in Wellington

If you're a new student in Wellington, there are a bunch of great activities and food spots for you to check out!

Find your wild on Wellington's trails

Take a step into nature and be rewarded with epic views and wild landscapes. Walk along the Southern Walkway which is a favourite with locals, or, if you're looking for a sturdier hike you'll enjoy the Escarpment Track which has incredible views. To explore more trails, head to

Taste your way around Wellington's international cuisines

If you feel like tasty international cheap eats, try out: Little Penang (Malaysian), Fisherman's Plate (Vietnamese), Press Hall (food court with many different cuisines), Aunty Mena's (vegetarian/vegan Malaysian), Pizza Pomodoro (Italian/pizza), Sweet Mother's Kitchen (American/Mexican), The Ramen Shop (Japanese) or Roti Chenai (Indian).

Check out New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa

Te Papa is Wellington's innovative and interactive museum where there's always something new going on. With a mix of permanent, long-term and short-term exhibitions, there's something new happening each time you visit! It's free to visit and open every day from 10am - 6pm.

Get up close and personal with animals at Wellington Zoo

Whether you like lions, tigers or bears, there's an animal for everyone at the Zoo. If you want to see more of the animals and get right up close, you can walk through the Australian animal area where the kangaroos, emus, wallabies hang out or have a close encounter in one of the animal enclosures.

Climb to the top of Mt Victoria

Yes you can drive right to the top of the lookout and you still get the same spectacular view over the city, but have you ever walked up there? Take a picnic and make an afternoon out of it - the sweat makes the view all the more beautiful.

Go for a croc bike ride

One of the most iconic Wellington activities during the summer - hiring a croc bike and cruising along Oriental Parade. You could even finish it off with one of their amazing milkshakes for an even sweeter afternoon!

Take in movie making magic

Are you a bit of a movie buff? Have you always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes of your favourite movies? A tour at the Weta Cave, the five-time Academy Award-winning design studio should definitely be on your to-do list in Wellington!

Explore native wildlife at Zealandia

Just minutes from downtown Wellington and set around a picturesque reservoir, ZEALANDIA is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife. You'll feel like you're in the wilderness but you're just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington! You can also take a short guided day, twilight or night tour.


Wander hidden laneways

Wellington has lots of little nooks and crannies where you can find all sorts of shops, eateries and great photo spots for Instagram. Take a stroll around laneways like Hannahs Laneway, Swan Lane and Lombard lane to find local artisan products like peanut butter, delicious brownies and chocolate.

Walk from the city to the sea

This 12km long walk is one of the best ways to see stunning vistas over Wellington and although the whole walk takes 6-7 hours to complete, you can do as much or as little as you want. Make sure to check out the City to Sea bridge at the city end of the walk before you finish. 

Catch a live game at Westpac Stadium

Whether you're into rugby, football or cricket, watching a live sports game at the stadium is an unmissable Wellington experience. The stadium is commonly referred to as the 'cake tin' in Wellington and hosts games and events of all sorts - check out what's next here.