Though Wellington seems best traversed on foot (as Hobbits do, right?), the cable car ride is well worth breaking this habit. Leaving from Lambton Quay, for $6 return, the cable car takes you up to the top of the Botanic Gardens, providing a panoramic view of Wellington Harbour and all the wee towns hugging this waterfront city.
Meander through the Botanic Gardens to the Rose Garden (follow the pink flowers painted on the ground), which are at their best in Spring. Though there’s a sprite café with outside seating that lets you take in all the floral scents, this spot is best enjoyed on one of the benches with a snack in hand and your partner in crime in the other.