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Handpicked by a Wellington Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Bucket List Wellington'.

As the capital city of New Zealand, the picturesque harbour setting has plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy.  Our 'Wellington Bucket List' highlights those must try experiences that are such a drawcard for visitors coming to Wellington.

Bucket List Wellington

Nestled beside a beautiful, tranquil reservoir, Zealandia Karori Sanctuary occupies a stunning eco-world of its own, just ten minutes from the centre of Wellington. This unique restoration project is dedicated to conserving some of the rarest and most spectacular wildlife in New Zealand, by both maintaining and sustaining a natural habitat, and by educating visitors as to the importance of pres...More info

Bucket List Wellington

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...More info

Bucket List Wellington

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...More info

Bucket List Wellington

No trip to Wellington is complete without a ride on the famous Cable Car. It has been running since 1902, and whilst the cars themselves have changed, the route remains. Cable cars operate approximately every 10 minutes, 364 days of the year. Hop on at Lambton Quay in the heart of the CBD and within minutes you're a world away at Kelburn and close to many of Wellington's top attractions. Take t...More info

Bucket List Wellington

Rover Rings Tours highlights the best Lord of the Rings locations the Wellington Region has to offer. With half and full day tours available, Rover Rings Tours is a great option for any Middle-earth fanatic, general film fan or anyone looking for a fun activity. Expert guides will make your experience a memorable one. The half-day tour begins with the wondrous views from the Mt V...More info

Bucket List Wellington

Wellington Museum shares the fascinating stories of the Wellington region, located in the beautiful 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. From store house to story house, the Museum holds thousands of objects unique to Wellington that traverse its history. Visitors are greeted by a recreation of the old bond store before learning more abo...More info

Bucket List Wellington

See the capital in all its glory with a scenic flight from Wellington Helicopters. With an excellent safety record and experienced knowledgeable pilots, Wellington Helicopters offers the perfect way to explore the Wellington region from a whole new angle. Wellington Helicopters offers a range of flights depending on your available time with some tours including landings for photographs if th...More info

Bucket List Wellington

Experience the Wētā Workshop that showcases the making of movie effects and props, from armour to weapons, creatures to costumes, make-up to miniatures.  From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to Avatar and District 9, learn about props, costumes and creatures created for your favourite films.  Interact with cool stuff from our creative dep...More info

Bucket List Wellington

Wellington Zoo offers visitors a sense of fun and wonder.  It's also a place to learn and appreciate the need to build a sustainable co-existence between people and wildlife. Situated on 13 hectares and close to the city centre, the Zoo houses more than 500 animals and well over 100 species.  Kids will enjoy the 'close encounters' which offers the chance to get close to many of the an...More info

Bucket List Wellington

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...More info

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