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...

Parliament Buildings Guided Tour

Welcome to New Zealand Parliament, the home of democracy in New Zealand, and one of the most iconic sets of buildings in Wellington.   The Introduction to Parliament tour is our most popular tour, taking place multiple times throughout the day.  It is a great way to get a general introduction to our parliamentary processes, the architecture and history of our buildings, and how to have...

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...

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