How to do a summer weekend in Wellington

Spend a weekend in Wellington soaking up mesmerising art, immersing yourself in culture, eating at award-winning eateries and exploring laneways full of art and good coffee

A drink in the sun

After you’ve checked into your hotel, head for a drink on the grass at one of Wellington’s waterfront or rooftop bars – St John’s Bar & Eatery, Dirty Little Secret and The Arborist are top spots. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, order a glass of locally-made craft beer and raise a toast to yourselves for choosing a weekend in Wellington.

the arborist wooden bar man ordering drink
Heydaybeer outdoor
St Johns Bar & Eatery outdoor bar
Scorch O Rama outdoors dining friends beach

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.

Cruise down Cuba Street

Take a wander to Cuba Street to find your favourite piece of street art and check out the famous Bucket Fountain. This colourful and vibrant street is home to some of the city’s best vintage shopping – from clothes to book and records.

Every March, CubaDupa, a street party like no other is held to celebrate the creativity and diversity of Wellington’s most famous street.

Bucket Fountain water splashing
Cuba Street Top 10 must dos
CubaDupa 2019 performers on Cuba Street
girls having gelato on the waterfront

Time for ice cream

Afterwards, take a walk around the waterfront to check out the public sculptures (a selfie with Solace in the Wind is a mandatory part of your Wellington weekend) and check out the colourful boatsheds at Oriental Bay.

Grab a scoop of locally-made gelato from one of the Oriental Bay gelaterias and take a barefoot walk along the golden sand beach.

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 here you can catch a free shuttle to Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, a world-first, fully-fenced predator-free ecosanctuary, the first of its kind in the world.

Wellington Cable Car at sunrise 2021 v2

Laidback lunch

Head back into town for lunch at Mr Go’s, one of Wellington’s favourite fun eateries that serves up Asian hawker-style street food with a twist of Kiwi influence. The atmosphere is buzzy and laidback and it’s a great place for families and groups. Order up a bunch of things to share, some local craft beers or some of Mr Go’s renowned cocktails and you’re set.

Mr Go's interior waiter customers
Oriental Bay seat person reading paddleboarder

While away the afternoon

What you do after lunch all depends on whether you’re an active relaxer or more about reading a book in a shady spot. The active kind can go hire kayaks and paddleboards from Fergs Kayaks at Queens Wharf to get out and explore Wellington Harbour and its sheltered coastline and bays. If you’re more about relaxing on a picnic blanket, head to Unity Books to find a gripping new summer book to read under a flowering pōhutukawa tree at Pukeaha National War Memorial Park.

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