48 hours in Wellington
Compact, walkable, full of activities, award-winning restaurants, nature and perfect for a weekend getaway
Get a taste of local craft beer
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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