Seven things to do in the Coolest Little Capital.  Wellington city and the surrounding region has something for everyone.


Te Papa Museum – free

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum and lets you experience art, culture, and science from the Wellington waterfront.  Exhibitions are interactive with a focus on keeping the exhibits engaging and fun.

Wellington Museum – free

In contrast to Te Papa, Wellington Museum has a focus on the social and cultural history of New Zealand. From early Maori and European settlement through to its maritime past and a dedicated exhibition to the Wahine ferry disaster.

City Gallery – free

The gallery is in Wellington’s Civic Square, a short walk from Wellington Museum, and houses contemporary art, exhibitions and offers free talks and events.

Embassy Theatre

The Embassy is a beautiful 1920’s building which hosts premieres and is a great place to go for an evening drink at the Black Sparrow bar.

Weta Cave – free

A short bus ride from central Wellington, the Weta Cave Shop and mini-museum has all kinds of props and costumes for movie fans. Tours also depart from here and can include hands-on workshops and demonstrations.


Martinborough and Wairarapa

Gourmet Wine Tour – $209

The Wairarapa Valley and Martinborough are a scenic train journey from Wellington City. Tours of the area start in Featherston and explore the cellar doors of award-winning vineyards.  


Somes Island

Tickets for the ferry can be bought at the East By West ticket office to travel to the island looked after by the Department of Conservation. There is plenty of local history, flora, fauna, and birdlife to see in a beautifully preserved environment.



August 2, 2017