- Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- Wellington Botanic Garden
- Mount Victoria Lookout
- Parliament Buildings
- Old St Paul's
Best Free Things To Do in WellingtonWellington · 5 Items · Mike Watt
Handpicked by a Wellington Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Free Things To Do in Wellington'.
Wellington is not short of things to do but not everything has to dent your wallet. To help make your budget go further, we've suggested some great free things to do in Wellington.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington's most iconic and celebrated institution, Te Papa Tongarewa (Maori for 'container of treasures') is New Zealand's national museum. With the prestigious appointment as the cultural figurehead of New Zealand, Te Papa strives to be, and succeeds as, a world-class tourist attraction. Te Papa's collections span five areas: History, Art, Maori, Pacific and Natural Environment. Each exhibit...
Wellington Botanic Garden
25 hectares of beautiful gardens, forest, plants, and interesting sculptures. Easy access via the cable car and offering some of the city's most spectacular views. Wellington Botanic Garden is undoubtedly one of the capital's natural highlights. Established in 1868, the park manages to combine perfectly manicured gardens, a Begonia House and a Victorian glasshouse, with native forest and peacef...
Mount Victoria Lookout
Mount Victoria, a short drive from Wellington's central business district, offers spectacular views of the capital city. From the viewpoint at the top, visitors can see the city beneath them, the Cook Strait to the south and the harbour and Hutt Valley to the north. Near the bottom of Mount Victoria lays the Basin Reserve sports ground and the National War Memorial, while its slopes were use...
Comprising the Edwardian Parliament Buildings, which houses the debating chamber, and the modern visually striking Beehive, which houses the executive wing, a visit to Parliament offers the chance to learn more about the history of politics in New Zealand and how modern government works. Public tours take place daily in the executive wing, where much of the day-to-day work of Members of Parliam...
Old St Paul's
Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral – still sacred, welcoming to all, and a tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the bustling capital. One of New Zealand’s greatest heritage places, Old St Paul’s was built by the Anglican Church between 1865 and 1866 on what was originally the site of Pipitea Pā, a Māori settlement on Wellington’s waterfront. Constructed...