See & Do
A group of people in Cuba Mall, looking at the Bucket Fountain, an iconic kinetic sculpture.

Top 10 Wellington must-dos

Two children and two adults are in a Maori exhibition in Te Papa Museum in Wellington admiring the woodwork that's displayed.
Wide of the cable car driving up the tracks with the sun setting over Wellington city and harbour in the background.
A tūī stands on a tree branch, surrounded by green leaves.
A person pouring boiling water from a black vintage kettle over a coffee filter that's placed on top of a glass jug.
Three people sit on a wooden bench at the Wellington Zoo and pet three Capibaras who are eating leafy greens.
Two people lay on a plaid picnic blanket in the grass at the lookout point on Mount Victoria with a view of Wellington and the harbour int he background.
Looking up at the Bucket Fountain during the day, an iconic kinetic sculpture located in Cuba Mall in Wellington.
3 people outside Wētā workshops, poking swords at a hill troll from Lord of the Rings.
Wide tarsealed pathways surrounded by trees and plants, with people walking in Wellingtons Botanic Gardens.
A person wearing a white top and dark blue jeans and a hat with two small dogs on a lead stands at a lookout on the Southern Walkway in the Wellington region with a scenic vista in the background.
Two children and two adults are in a Maori exhibition in Te Papa Museum in Wellington admiring the woodwork that's displayed.

Immerse yourself at Te Papa

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa dominates the beautiful Wellington Waterfront. Its 36,000 square metres of space spread across six floors contain over 800,000 artworks, cultural artefacts, historical archives, and scientific specimens. The sheer scale and scope of its collections mean you could spend hours there exploring.

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Wide of the cable car driving up the tracks with the sun setting over Wellington city and harbour in the background.

Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car

280 Lambton Quay, Wellington

The red cable cars have trundled up the hill between Wellington’s bustling CBD and Kelburn Village for 120 years. They are synonymous with Wellington and a ride in one is a rite of passage for any local or tourist. Hop on, head to the top and enjoy the panoramic views of Wellington.

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A tūī stands on a tree branch, surrounded by green leaves.

See native wildlife at Zealandia

53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington

This world-first, fully fenced, predator-free urban sanctuary lies on the outskirts of the CBD. A 10-minute drive from Lambton Quay and you’re in the wilderness seeing native birds and wildlife thrive in a safe environment. This conservation project has enabled native bird populations to flourish.

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A person pouring boiling water from a black vintage kettle over a coffee filter that's placed on top of a glass jug.

Brace yourself for the best coffee experiences

Wellington considers itself the coffee capital — the number of local roasteries and the public’s expectation for quality have created a rich café environment. Around every corner in the central city, you’ll find experienced baristas, excellent food, ambience, and great service. You’ll be full of beans in no time.

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Three people sit on a wooden bench at the Wellington Zoo and pet three Capibaras who are eating leafy greens.

Have a close encounter

200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington

Experience an unforgettable Close Encounter with some of Wellington Zoo’s endangered animals. Pat a lemur or feed a meerkat, see the sun bears up close, hang out with a capybara or tiger. There are multiple encounters that allow you to learn from experienced zoo keepers. The staff always have the animal’s best interests at heart.

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Two people lay on a plaid picnic blanket in the grass at the lookout point on Mount Victoria with a view of Wellington and the harbour int he background.

Drink in the view

The best way to get your bearings in Wellington is by heading to the top of Mount Victoria. Mt Vic, as the locals call it, rises 196m above the city. The lookout has panoramic views of Wellington City, its harbour, and the hills beyond. It’s part of the Southern Walkway track so it’s possible to get there walking. It’s also part of the network of trails in the Town Belt so there are multiple walks to explore once you get there. Take a picnic with you, settle in on the hillside, and relax while watching ferries and cruise ships sail into the harbour and planes fly in and out of the airport.

Southern Walkway
Looking up at the Bucket Fountain during the day, an iconic kinetic sculpture located in Cuba Mall in Wellington.

Take a walk along Cuba Street

With its heritage buildings and bohemian inhabitants, Cuba Street has many treasures to discover. Eclectic shops and a wide selection of hospitality offerings mean you could easily spend a day exploring. Start with a classic café, pop by a delicious takeaway, and indulge at a fine dining establishment. Make sure you pay a visit to Cuba Street’s iconic Bucket Fountain. An unofficial symbol of the capital, the quirky, interactive sculpture has splashed many visitors snapping a picture in front of it.

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3 people outside Wētā workshops, poking swords at a hill troll from Lord of the Rings.

Watch movie magic happen

21 Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington

The design and manufacturing facility combines cutting-edge technology with hand-crafted artistry to serve up Oscar-winning props, costumes, and creature effects. Tours take you on a magical trip through some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters.

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Wide tarsealed pathways surrounded by trees and plants, with people walking in Wellingtons Botanic Gardens.

Wander the Wellington Botanic Gardens

101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington

Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā encompasses 25 hectares of specialised plant collections, colourful botanical displays, a protected native forest, and views over Wellington City. It is a vast tract of land that has offered relaxation, playtime, shade, and education about flora and fauna for more than 150 years.

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A person wearing a white top and dark blue jeans and a hat with two small dogs on a lead stands at a lookout on the Southern Walkway in the Wellington region with a scenic vista in the background.

Find your wild on Wellington’s trails

Ringed with a lush town belt and regenerating forest beyond, Wellington is fortunate to have a huge backyard. The extensive network of trails can cater to walkers, runners, off-road bikers, or horse riders. There’s a trail to suit every adventurer.

Wellington trails