What to See and Do in Wellington

Wellington is a very compact city, but don't let that deceive you. There is a lot to see and do in our city. If you are planning a trip the city, leave your car at our place and take the train to begin your city adventure.

Below are a few snippets and links about things to See and Do in Wellington.
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Te Papa Museum

Te papa ("Our Place") is the museum of New Zealand. It's full name is actually "Te Papa Tongarewa" which broadly translates as "the place of treasures of this land". It often hosts several exhibitions of various sizes, and you should allow 2 days to cover the entire museum. Website

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Cable car

The Cable Car is one of Wellington's oldest and most popular tourist attractions. The cable car journeys up under the motorway, through the three tunnels, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University and on to the top entrance of the city's Botanic Garden where various walks begin and where the Carter Observatory and Planetarium are located.

The Cable Car Museum housing an original cable car and trailer as well as the old winding equipment is located beside the current Upland Road Station. Website



New Zealand's Parliament House is an interesting place to visit while in Wellington. It is less than 5 minutes from the central railway station.

You can get a free tour that lasts 1 hour. It is well worth your time. You will see Parliament & Legislation chambers, the Grand Hall, the Maori Affairs Room, and more. The guides are great and tell some amazing stories of events that occurred here, as well as behind-the-scenes info that the public rarely hears. Tours run on the hour. Weekday hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to 3 PM, and Sundays from 12 PM to 3 PM. Website



The Wellington Stadium is undoubtedly the most obvious landmark, roughly resembling a shiny cake tin, it is home to many major events, not just sport. It is primely located near the waterfront, with a convenient concourse to the railway station. Website


Wellington Vistas

There are at least 2 places in Wellington that afford spectacular views of the city and surroundings. Mt Victoria has a lookout that gives a great 360 degree view of the city, harbour, airport, and the Hutt Valley off in the distance. (This is a routine stop on most tours.)

Another less popular vantage point (it is a bit of a journey) is the Wind Turbine atop Brooklyn. This vantage point gives great views of Mt Victoria, the city, and Cook Strait.

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Wellington City

Wellington city has a variety of things to do, from the Civic Square where you find the Wellington City Art Gallery and the library, to Courtenay Place where you will find theatres and coffee shops.

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