Top things to do

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Wellington

Zealandia

This ground-breaking ecosanctuary is hidden in the hills about 2km west of town: buses 3 and 20 stop nearby, or see the Zealandia website for info on the free shuttle. Living wild within the fenced valley are more t…
Top Choice Museum in Wellington

Wellington Museum

For an imaginative, interactive experience of Wellington’s social and maritime history, head to this beguiling little museum, housed in an 1892 bond store on the wharf. Highlights include a moving documentary on the…
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 impressive viewpoint is atop 196m-high Mt Victoria (Matairangi), 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 …
Top Choice Contemporary in Wellington

Logan Brown

Deservedly ranked among Wellington's best restaurants, Logan Brown oozes class without being overly formal. Its 1920s banking-chamber dining room is a neoclassical stunner – a fitting complement to the produce-drive…
Top Choice Seafood in Wellington

Whitebait

Neutral colours and gauzy screens set an upmarket tone for this top-rated seafood restaurant. All the fish is sustainably sourced and deftly prepared, with a scattering of quality non-fishy options rounding out the …
Top Choice French in Wellington

Noble Rot

Noble Rot thinks of itself as a wine bar, but this cosy nook serves some of Wellington's best food, too. A French influence pervades the menu (charcuterie, duck parfait, smoked-cheese souffle, slow-cooked lamb), alo…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Wellington

Golding's Free Dive

Hidden down a busy little back alley near Cuba St, gloriously garish Golding's is a bijoux craft-beer bar with far too many merits to mention. We’ll single out ex-casino swivel chairs, a nice wine list, a ravishing …
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Wellington

Dirty Little Secret

While it's not strictly a secret (it's packed to the gills on balmy evenings) this hip bar atop the historic Hope Gibbons Ltd building plays hard to get, with a nondescript entrance on Taranaki St next to Jack Hacke…
Top Choice Contemporary in Wellington

Shepherd

This good Shepherd leads the way with on-trend contemporary cuisine, guiding its eager flock through fusion flavours, unusual produce and pickled accompaniments. A long bar on one side and an open kitchen on the oth…