Wellington's Top 10
Collected by Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
101 Glenmore St, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Looming over Wellington's historic core, the Botanic Garden is 62 acres of walking trails, public art, fountains and an ever-changing variety of flora. A café inside the Begonia House overlooks the formal rose garden and serves a variety of...
280 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Connecting busy Lambton Quay and the tranquil Botanic Garden, Wellington's cable car has been a popular mode of transport for over 100 years. Built to connect downtown with the expanding suburbs, the cable car is also popular with tourists seeking...
1 Weka St, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
Fans of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies can go behind the scenes to see how New Zealand was turned into Middle Earth. In the suburb of Miramar (look for the windswept "Wellywood" sign on the way from downtown), Weta Cave and...
203-205 Cuba St, CBD, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
The coolest street in the world's coolest little capital is Wellington's cultural hub. Quirky clothing boutiques rub shoulders with cutting-edge restaurants and art galleries, while families enjoy street musicians and the iconic Bucket Fountain....
Lookout Rd, Hataitai, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
With its hilly streets, unpredictable weather and thriving food scene, Wellington can feel a bit like San Francisco. Take in the sights from atop Mount Victoria, nearly 200 meters above Wellington, with panoramic city and harbor views. Mount...
34 Mulgrave St, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Wellington has become so well known for its restaurant and art scene that people forget its status as New Zealand's capital. Take a tour to see government workers buzz around Parliament at the iconic building known as the Beehive, and pay...
3 Jervois Quay, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
Wellington's waterfront location means the city has a rich maritime history, and this former cargo warehouse has been turned into a gallery space and time machine for the capital's marine heritage. Children will enjoy the Depression-era story of...
Unnamed Road, Makara, Wellington 6972, New Zealand
You're never far from the ocean in New Zealand—and with it, a wondrous array of wildlife. Take a private tour to the "Seal Coast" just outside of Wellington, where off-road vehicles drive 20 kilometers along the rugged beach to view a colony of...
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