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Best activities/local things to do in Wellington?

My husband and I are travelling to NZ soon and want to know what are the best things to do in Wellington that aren't necessarily touristy. Thank you!

3 Answers

top answer by
Rob from Los Angeles

Personally I just love Cuba Street

"Wellington’s famous inner city slice of bohemia, Cuba Street, is a place with culinary and creative soul. It’s where people meet, busk, shop, dine and the best place in town to soak up the capital of cool’s culture. The street has been a registered Historic Area under the Historic Places Act since 1995." From the Wellington website.

It's one seriously cool street with plenty to do, the food is especially fantastic. Check out El Matador - Cafe, Asador Grill & Bar for beautiful Argentine tapas, wines, and steaks!

Also, head over to Mexico Wellington at 41 Dixon Street, name drop me to Chris Dobson, the manager, he'll look after you. He's one of my closest friends in New Zealand and makes fantastic cocktails!

Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cuba Street (attraction)
  2. El Matador - Cafe, Asador Grill & Bar (restaurant)
  3. Mexico Wellington (restaurant)
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answered by
Pierre from Melbourne

Te Papa Museum (Museum of New Zealand) Courteney Place, Fri and Saturday nights.  A ferry ride to Eastbourne, Question Time at Parliament House, starts at 2pm until 3pm.  Oriental Bay. Marine Parade (nice drive)  Mount Victoria lookout.  Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings stuff in Miramar.  Martinborough, where the vineyards are.  Lovely wine about an hours drive over the Rimutakas.........

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Te Papa Museum (attraction)
  2. Eastbourne (attraction)
  3. Parliament House (attraction)
  4. Oriental Bay (attraction)
  5. Marine Parade (attraction)
  6. Mount Victoria (attraction)
  7. Miramar (attraction)
  8. Martinborough (city)
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answered by
Aaron from Spain

In the city you should check out Te Papa Museum and Cable Car Lane as well as walk around Oriental Parade. From there head up to the top of Mount Victoria for awesome views over the city. Weta Workshop is worth a visit, where they make a lot of props for movies, Lord of the Rings etc. Grab a coffee in Seatoun

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Te Papa Museum (attraction)
  2. Cable Car Lane (attraction)
  3. Oriental Parade (attraction)
  4. Mount Victoria (attraction)
  5. Weta Workshop (attraction)
  6. Seatoun (attraction)

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