The charming capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its gorgeous picturesque views and mystical “Lord of the Rings” scenery; but not so many people know that it’s also known as the world’s “coolest little capital”. With a modest population of 204.000, the vibrant city offers a wide range of activities from outdoor experiences to luxury spa and wellness. Spend at least 2-3 days in Wellington to enjoy the little city to its maximum – here are five suggestions for how to spend your time!
1) Try the famous coffee culture of New Zealand
Start your day with a sip of the best coffee in the whole world. As you may know, Wellington has been internationally recognised as having the best coffee culture in the world. And it’s definitely not a marketing trick or urban myth – the quality of this ubiquitous black energy drink is very high! The coffee history of Wellington dates back to the 1930s and has become a crucial part of the city’s identity. There are lots of lovely coffee shops but my personal favourite is
2) Free knowledge for everyone!
Wellington provides its citizens and visitors with great museums which everyone can visit for free. The two most famous are
However, it’s the world-famous museum Te Papa Tongarewa that is the real star. Get lost for the whole day in the 6 levels of the building, presenting fascinating stories of New Zealand’s history and art in a very innovative way. Collections include wildlife – complete with horrifying creatures of the sea such as a preserved gigantic squid – plus exhibitions featuring art, history and New Zealand’s unique geography.
3) Lord of the Rings fans take note…
Another spectacular highlight of Wellington is the movie museum and workshop,
4) The luxurious way of enjoying Wellington
It should be noted that Wellingon is also a great spot for discerning shopaholics. With a wide range of boutiques selling unique pieces from local designers, the only obstacle in this case is that you need a fair amount of money to purchase even just one item – but hey, money comes and money goes, it’s the memories that are important! If you’re tired after a long flight or exhausting day exploring the surroundings then I have great news for you – Wellington has numerous wellness and spa salons. My personal favourite is the
5) Getting hungry?
Wellington is not only paradise for coffee junkies – it’s also a culinary Mecca. It’s the home of more than 400 dining spots, rivalling New York in terms of cafes and restaurants per capita. Therefore a few insider tips are necessary if you don’t want to get lost in the dining jungle! If you want to save money but still try good quality food then you should consider visiting the best fish and chippy in town,
It’s not a regular occurrence, but sometimes there is sunshine in Wellington; when this happens, don’t hesitate to head to
I hope you’ve found this list helpful and that it has put Wellington on your radar if it wasn’t already! If you’ve already been, what were the highlights for you? Let us know in the comments!
This is a guest post by Kate Valo.
An adventurous and enthusiastic girl, Kate was born in Russia, finished high school in Germany, studied in Austria, worked in Australia, lived in Belgium and is now based in New Zealand. Her affinity for traveling and the nomadic lifestyle plus her passion for literature and the science of communication are combined in her travel and food blog