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Handpicked by a Wellington Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top Places to visit in Wellington'.

As the capital city, Wellington has plenty of top places to visit.  We've picked out the best places in Wellington to visit.

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...

Wellington Cable Car

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...

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...

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...

Zealandia - The Karori Sanctuary Experience

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...

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 Museum

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...

Wellington Zoo

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...

Weta Workshop Experience

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...

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