48 hours in Wellington

Compact, walkable, full of activities, award-winning restaurants, nature and perfect for a weekend getaway

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Get a taste of local craft beer

Go for a taste of Wellington's famous craft beer. Ghuznee Street boasts a fantastic line-up of brew bars including Whistling Sisters, Fortune Favours and Choice Bros.

Further up Cuba, you'll find Heyday, a brew bar with a friendly vibe where you can watch your beer brewed and drink it too. Golding's Free Dive is a favourite among locals and is known for pouring a wide range of beers from Wellington, Aotearoa and the world. Order a pint and pizza, which will be delivered from the pizzeria across the laneway. 

Aro Valley is home to Garage Project, one of Wellington's best-known breweries, where you can get a taste of their boundary-pushing beer and wine at their cellar door and taproom. Or head out to Lyall Bay to visit Parrotdog, where you can also get a bite to eat for dinner.

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Golding's Free Dive two beers sitting on bar with colourful backdrop of bar and women serving beer in the background
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Start with brunch

Start your day with brunch at one of Wellington's top cafés. Wellington is a city with beautiful coastlines, so why not head to one of our seaside cafés and soak up the views of the harbour while enjoying our city's legendary coffee and free-range eggs done just the way you like them.

Lunch in a laneway

Ride Zealandia’s free shuttle back into town and take a stroll along Cuba Street. Known as Wellington’s most colourful street, here you’ll find the Bucket Fountain sculpture.

Nearby is Hannah's Laneway, a culinary hotspot that’s home to artisan peanut butter makers Fix & Fogg, Wellington Chocolate Factory and more.

For lunch, head to the next laneway over for Egmont Street Eatery’s seasonal menu with a strong emphasis on local ingredients. The restaurant has won awards for its food and the stunning interior fit-out.

Fix Fogg peanut butter window in laneway
Egmont Street Eatery couple eating brunch
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Couple riding in front of blue boat sheds on the waterfront
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Boatsheds Harbour boats tree

Wander the waterfront

Stroll around the beautiful waterfront, stopping to check out the public art along the way and to get a scoop of locally-made gelato at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand, inner-city beach. Another option is to hire an electric bike from Switched On Bikes, an effortless way to explore Wellington’s coastline and bays.

If you'd like to try a different walk, check out Wellington's extensive tracks and trails - find your wild and enjoy Wellington's regional trails your way. 

Big night out

Go for dinner at one of Wellington’s top eateries for dinner. The culinary capital offers a range of dining styles – from fun, casual dining at Mr Go’s, 1154 and Burger Liquor, to the laidback luxury of Ortega Fish Shack and Rita or go try some of Wellington’s favourite Malaysian eats at Little Penang or Rasa.

After dinner, go soak up the atmosphere of the cultural capital with a performance at The Opera House or Michael Fowler Centre, live music at San Fran, Havana or Laundry Bar.

The Opera House exterior at night
The Larder group sharing meal

Lunch at The Larder

Head to The Larder in Miramar for lunch, it's a popular neighbourhood eatery with an honest focus on 'nose to tail' eating. Owned and run by Miramar residents, Jacob Brown (ex-Boulcott Bistro and Tabou in Sydney) is the chef and his partner, Sarah Bullock, the restaurant has consistently won accolades for its thoughtful, creative and innovative dishes and its outstanding service.

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