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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 Modern NZ in Wellington

Logan Brown

Deservedly touted as Wellington's best restaurant, Logan Brown oozes class without being overly formal. Its 1920s banking-chamber dining room is a stunner, as is the menu, which features such treats as Fiordland ven…
Top Choice Cafe in Wellington

Fidel’s

A Cuba St institution for caffeine-craving alternative types. Eggs any which way, pizza and super salads are cranked out of the itsy kitchen, along with Welly’s best milkshakes. Revolutionary memorabilia adorns the …
Top Choice Fish & Chips in Wellington

Mt Vic Chippery

At this backwater fish shack it's fish and chips by numbers: 1. Choose your fish (from at least three varieties). 2. Choose your coating (beer batter, panko crumb, tempura…). 3. Choose your chips (five varieties!). …
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 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 Craft Beer in Wellington

Little Beer Quarter

Buried in a back lane, lovely LBQ is warm, inviting and moodily lit in all the right places. Well-curated taps and a broad selection of bottled beer pack a hop-ish punch. Good cocktails, wines, and whiskies, too, pl…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Wellington

Loretta

From breakfast (waffles, crumpets, granola) through lunch (sandwiches, fritters, soup) and into dinner (pizzas, pastas, big salads), Loretta has been winning leagues of fans with her classy, well-proportioned offeri…
Top Choice Brewery in Wellington

Garage Project

Put yourself in the pitcher at Garage Project microbrewery in bohemian Aro Valley, where you can buy craft beer by the litre, petrol-pump style. Try the Vesuvian Pale Ale or chance your arm on the Pernicious Weed. F…