Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Wellington

Te Papa

Te Papa is Wellington's 'must-see' attraction, for reasons well beyond the fact that it's New Zealand's national museum. It's highly interactive, fun, and full of surprises: aptly, ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ loosely transl…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Wellington

Zealandia

This groundbreaking eco-sanctuary is hidden in the hills about 2km west of town: the Karori bus (No 3) passes nearby, or see the Zealandia website for info on the free shuttle. Living wild within the fenced valley a…
Top Choice Gallery in Wellington

City Gallery Wellington

Housed in the monumental old library in Civic Sq, Wellington’s much-loved City Gallery does a cracking job of securing acclaimed contemporary international exhibitions, as well as unearthing up-and-comers and suppor…
Top Choice Gardens in Wellington

Wellington Botanic Gardens

These hilly, 25-hectare botanic gardens can be almost effortlessly visited via the Wellington Cable Car (nice bit of planning, eh?), although there are several other entrances hidden in the hillsides. The gardens bo…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Wellington

Mt Victoria Lookout

The city's most accessible view point is atop 196m-high Mt Victoria, east of the city centre. You can take the No 20 bus most of the way up, but the rite of passage is to sweat it out on the walk (ask a local for di…
Gallery in Wellington

Dowse Art Museum

A beacon of culture and delight, the excellent Dowse is worth visiting for its jaunty architecture alone. It’s a family-friendly, accessible art museum showcasing NZ art, craft and design, with a nice cafe to boot (…
Cable Car in Wellington

Wellington Cable Car

One of Wellington’s big-ticket attractions is the little red cable car that clanks up the steep slope from Lambton Quay to Kelburn. At the top are the Wellington Botanic Gardens, the Carter Observatory and the small…
Museum in Wellington

Weta Cave

Film buffs will dig the Weta Cave, a mind-blowing minimuseum of the Academy Award–winning special-effects company that brought The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit to life. Learn…
Museum in Wellington

Wellington Museum

For an imaginative, interactive experience of Wellington’s social and maritime history, swing into the Wellington Museum, occupying an 1892 Bond Store. Highlights include a moving documentary on the Wahine, the inte…
Park in Wellington

Otari-Wilton’s Bush

About 3km west of the city is Otari-Wilton’s Bush, the only botanic gardens in NZ specialising in native flora. There are more than 1200 plant species sprouting forth here, including some of the city's oldest trees,…