Often basking in the shadow cast by popularly celebrated Kiwi retreats such as Auckland and Queenstown, it is rather easy to forget that New Zealand’s capital city Wellington also boasts wonders of her own.
New Zealand is best travelled by car so you can take in that world class panoramic views on isolated highways and for those embarking on self-drive tours of New Zealand’s North Island; Wellington is approximately just over a seven hour ride away from Auckland with a total distance of 395.3 miles.
Sitting at the base of the North Island and ringed by mountains – notably Mount Victoria – the city exists in idyllic surroundings given her location on the Cook Strait where a splendid harbour and boutique eateries are never a million miles away from rural backwoods and hiking pursuits.
Here is our list of the top three things to do in Wellington.
Scale Mount Victoria
Already mentioned in our introduction, Mount Victoria is the perfect lookout spot over central Wellington and her surrounds.
Rising to 740ft, the peak allows travellers to complete a 360 degree turn at the top, witnessing Wellington Airport and the high rise CBD in the foreground while rolling mountains collide with typically rainy, yet marvellous looking clouds and the waters of Wellington Harbour and further afield, the Cook Strait.
This is definitely one for those fascinated by geography.
Wellington Cable Car
One of Wellington’s most cherished treasures; you’ll be fascinated to hear that the Wellington Cable Car has been running for over 100 years with the attraction celebrating 110 years of service in 2012.
Running from Lambton Quay based in the city centre to the Kelburn Lookout – another great panoramic spot – the attraction is much more than a ride alone and at the latter terminus, the Carter Observatory and Cable Car Museum mean you can lose yourself for the best part of the day while marvelling at two of the original cable cars that took to Wellington’s hilly slopes way back when in yesteryear.
Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington is home to New Zealand’s national museum, or in Maori – Te Papa Tongarewa. Situated right down by Oriental Bay on Cable Street, the museum reinforces and places emphasis on the importance of Kiwi culture and being.
Boasting six floors of exhibitions – with some carrying a small fee – general admission to the facility is free; meaning a great interactive, fun and intriguing day out can be had for next to nothing.
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