Wellington Local Tips

To help with your stay in Wellington, we've put togther our top tips that are based on our local knowledge. Our Useful Information Guide provides guidance on a number of travel related services.

The Best View in Town - The peak of Mount Victoria offers a 360-degree view of the city, Wellington harbour and Cook Strait.  Easily the best photo op around, the lookout is reachable via car, bus or a steep, hour-long walk from Courtenay Place. 

Recharge - Caffeine is Wellington’s drug of choice, and the selection of coffee shops downtown is impressive. Try the local favourite: a flat white (steamed milk over a shot of espresso). 

Freebies - No need to break the bank for some entertainment: Wellington has an abundance of excellent, free museums. The venerable Te Papa (the national museum) tops the list of must-dos, and Wellington Museum, the Cable Car Museum, and the City Gallery are also free.

Maranui Surf Club - Housed in an old surf club building on the beach at Lyall Bay, the Maranui Surf Club is a hip cafe just a few minutes from the airport. Between the laid-back, art deco aesthetic, the ocean view and the rocking menu, it’s a crowd-pleaser. Be sure to try the milkshakes.

Free WiFi on the Waterfront - The city council provides free wireless Internet around the waterfront.  

One-of-a-Kind Souvenirs - Check out the weekly Wellington Underground Market, a designer craft market held every Saturday 10am - 4pm at Frank Kitts Park for some uniquely Wellington gifts. 

Cruise the Waterfront - Rent rollerblades for $15/hour from Frank Kitts Park to get around the waterfront. Alternatively, check out the view from the water and try a canoe or a paddleboat.

Matiu/Somes Island - escape the city with a day trip out to Matiu/Somes Island, a predator-free nature reserve in Wellington Harbour. Just take the ferry from Queens Wharf. If you want to stay overnight, be sure to book ahead through the Department of Conservation.

More Information - Next to the public library, on Wakefield Street, is an i-Site location (tourist information centre). Swing by and pickup brochures and maps or talk to staff for information on activities, bookings and directions.

What’s On? The proud cultural capital of New Zealand, Wellington always has something on. Check our event calendar for concerts, plays, festivals or gallery shows.