48 hours in Wellington

Compact and walkable, Wellington is a perfect place for a weekend getaway as you can fit in a remarkable number of activities and still have time to relax over a pint or two of local craft beer.

Egmont St Wellington street art people
Heyday Beer Co platters and beers
Garage Project Pete pouring beer at 91 Aro
Couple having dinner at Wellington Night Markets

Craft beer and night markets

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 Husk and 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.

Head to the Cuba Street Night Market for an array of delicious food stalls with cuisines from around the world. The lively markets are colourful and lively with buskers and entertainment and the smell of delicious, sizzling hot food in the air

Start with brunch

Once you wake up, head for a delicious 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 to soak up the views of the harbour while you enjoy our city’s legendary great coffee and free-range eggs done just the way you like them.

Scorch O Rama outdoors dining friends beach
Wellington Cable Car_People on board Wellington City background

Ride the Cable Car

Take a ride on the historic Cable Car all the way to the top to check out the panoramic views of the city and harbour from the Lookout at the top. From here you can catch a free shuttle to Zealandia, a world-first, fully-fenced predator-free ecosanctuary, the first of its kind in the world.

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 Hannahs 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.

wellington chocolate factory tasting chocolate
Egmont St Eatery plate
Fix and Fogg
Carrello del Gelato customers customers dining
Switched on bikes tandem bike man and child waterfront
Wellington waterfront Jeff McEwan Capture Studios

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.

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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