Your guide to spring in Wellington

While spring in Wellington can be a bit "four seasons in one day", it's an ideal time to visit the capital

Wellington is a place with a wild spirit, which extends to our weather. Even if the climate isn't obeying the typical rules of spring, the longer days and warmer temperatures make spring a great time to get outside. 

See the spring blooms at the Wellington Botanic Garden or native wildlife at Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, or go exploring on the rugged South Coast. There are plenty of indoor options too, from taking in incredible live events or going on a shopping expedition for a wardrobe refresh.

Spring blooms

The Wellington Botanic Gardens are a natural choice at this time of year, as they will be in full bloom. Take the Cable Car from Lambton Quay to Kelburn and walk back down through the gardens for plenty of excellent views and great photo ops.

Explore the wild South Coast

Experience the region's rugged natural beauty with a walk on the South Coast, which is stunning even in a bit of wild weather. Take a short drive to Owhiro Bay and enjoy the 40-minute walk to Red Rocks, where you can find Wellington's very own seal colony (but be sure to keep your distance).

Visit a world-renowned eco-sanctuary

If you want to take a step back in time to how New Zealand would've looked before humans arrived, take a short drive to Zealandia, a 225-hectare ecosanctuary just outside of the city. This huge slice of Wellington is surrounded by state-of-the-art fencing that keeps predators out and creates a haven for rare native birds and other wildlife to thrive. Head to the exhibition at the visitor centre to learn about New Zealand's precious ecosystem, then get your trainers on and explore the peaceful, sprawling sanctuary for yourself.

A new spring wardrobe

If this spring weather has got you in the mood for a wardrobe refresh, head to the Cuba quarter. Centred around Cuba Street, this area has been called a place that embraces diversity and steadfastly refuses to be boring. That's certainly the case for its shopping options, with plenty of designer boutiques and vintage treasure troves waiting to be discovered. Head to stylish second-hand haunts Ziggurat, Hunters & Collectors, and Recycle Boutique to benefit from stylish locals spring cleaning their own wardrobes. Just down the road, Victoria Street is fast becoming a hub of boutiques for local labels, and is bursting with new season collections from local designers.

Spring events calendar

There are plenty of excellent events springing up in Wellington too. One that fans always get into the calendar early is the World of WearableArt Awards Show, an incredible live performance which has been described as part Cirque du Soleil, part Broadway play, and part avant-garde couture show. Attracting artists and makers from around the world to craft conceptual and creative garments, this show is a must-see for fashion lovers, dreamers and designers.

Don't miss the picture-perfect cherry blossoms at Blossom Valley or your chance to try some of New Zealand's best wines at Toast Martinborough. Literature lovers ought not to miss Verb Festival in November. This annual celebration of books and writers features international guests alongside New Zealand’s finest wordsmiths, with readings, talks and performances, plus the famous LitCrawl - think a pub crawl but a whole lot more highbrow.

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