Your guide to spring in Wellington
Now that the coldest winter days are behind us, it’s time to enjoy spring in Wellington. And while it can still be a bit ‘four seasons in one day’, you’ve picked an ideal time to visit the capital. Read on for our guide to getting the most out of Wellington in springtime.
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 mean spring is a great time to get outside in Wellington. The Wellington Botanic Gardens is a natural choice at this time of year, as it’ll 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.
Experience the region’s rugged natural beauty with a walk on the South Coast, which is stunning even in a bit of wild weather. Book a Seal Coast Safari for an adventure complete with spotting some native fur seals (if you’re lucky), or take a short drive to Owhiro Bay and enjoy the 40-minute walk to Red Rocks.
If you want to take a step back in time to how New Zealand would’ve looked before humans arrived, take the 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. Head to the exhibition at the visitor centre to understand how precious and precarious New Zealand’s ecosystem is, then get your trainers on and explore the peaceful, serene sanctuary for yourself.
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 for you to pillage them. Head to stylish second-hand haunts Ziggurat, Hunters & Collectors and Recycle Boutique to benefit from stylish locals spring cleaning their own wardrobes, or visit Yu Mei for exquisite leather bags, The Service Depot for high-end designers, and Madame Fancy Pants for quirky and cute things you didn’t know you needed.
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 that’s somewhere between catwalk show and avant garde gallery. 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.
And 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.