Lonely planet dubbed it the “coolest little capital in the world”, and for good reason!
Not only is the city surrounded by a picturesque hilly-mountainous backdrop, but its array of bars and pubs with multiple live music options every night and countless easy going quirky inhabitants only add to its appeal.
From Cuba Street; a cool road in the center of town lined with cute independent shops, amazing cafes and coffee shops and countless pubs and bars. Some of my favourites being midnight espresso (coffee shop), bad grannies (pub), Ekim Burgers (food van, cant have the food but can kill the milkshakes!) and minerva (independent book, stationary shop)
To Courtenay Place; one of the main roads in Wellington for bars and ‘clubs’, some of my suggestions being Danger Danger (DJ always takes requests and plays all the major hits from the 1980s onwards), The Residence (nice chilled pub), Establishment, and if you fancy a slight heading off the main road Dakotas (a cowboy inspired bar with a mechanical bull!)
For more cultural activities the city is thriving, it has Te Papa, the best museum i have been to in a long time! It has 5 floors of New Zealand history, from Maori history to cultural and social changes in the more modern era. It has also a lot of natural history and filled to the brim with interactive and well put together exhibitions.
The city has a set of botanical gardens, admittedly not the most extravagant or most beautiful set the world has to offer, but the option to head up there via cable car which has a fun light-show attached makes it a much more exciting and fun day out.
If you fancy more of a walk you can head up to Mount Victoria lookout, not too much for a hike and the views over wellington and the harbour are to die for. Or you can walk along the harbour from the train station down to oriental bay, a nice sandy beach.
Or, if you fancy your walking more routed in shops and city life Lambton Quay is the place for you. A thriving curved street that goes from the train station and parliament (which does several free tours a day by the way) right to the end of Willis Street another shoppers paradise.
Wellington always has some sort of activity going, it has weekly food markets, to stock up on fruit and veg and grab a delicious meal from one of the stalls (every Saturday and Sunday), or the late night eatery that is the Friday food market on Cuba. It also plays host to lots of cool buskers, pop up entertainment and city organised events like ‘Welly Christmas’
It has all the classic things you expect to find in a city: Cinemas (most being independent, so slightly more comfortable and classy with the added fun of a bar), Laser tag (unlimited play from 6pm till close on a Thursday or Friday for just $15, including free arcade games to fill your time between games) and of course bowling alleys.
Any day of the week there is something going on, and most of the time you don’t even need to know where to look. A beautiful, chilled and bustling little capital city that will steal the hearts of anyone who comes to visit her.