Wellington is the music and cultural hub of New Zealand – quirky streets, sweet bars, good food and loads of free stuff to do! Go walking, learn about New Zealands history or chill on a beach, you’ll find plenty of free activities you’ll enjoy in Wellington.
The best way to get your bearings of the city is by checking out the views from the top of Mount Victoria, or Mt Vic, as the locals call it. Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout has stunning panoramic views of Wellington city, harbour and hills. You can drive to the top of Mt Vic or walk there via one of the many trails in the Town Belt. Take a picnic with you, settle in on the hillside and relax while watching ferries and cruise ships sail into the harbour and planes fly in and out of the airport. Mt Vic is also one of the best spots in the city for taking in a sunrise or sunset.
Wellington’s historic cable car has been climbing up the hill to the Kelburn Lookout, next door to the Botanic Gardens, since 1912. This fun five-minute journey is a scenic (and much more relaxed) alternative to puffing your way up Wellington’s steep hill from Lambton Quay in the waterfront central district. There are excellent views across the city along the way, and keen photographers will definitely want to get snap-happy with the cityscape panoramas laid out before them once at Kelburn Lookout.
Based around a picturesque reservoir in Wellington, New Zealand, Zealandia is groundbreaking wildlife conservation ecosanctuary sprawling over a massive area of 225 hectares which is home to some of the rarest and extraordinary wildlife in the world. Originally called the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, the place was built with the sole intention of conserving the depleting forest reserves and natural wildlife. Known to be the world’s first full fenced ecosanctuary, the vision and objective is to restore the forests and the natural freshwater ecosystems to the pre-human state.
Wellington’s most iconic building is The Beehive, site of New Zealand’s parliament. Designed by British architect Sir Basil Spence and built between 1964 and 1979, the building with its distinctive shape is the city’s most love-it-or-hate-it piece of architecture. Next door is the more classical looking building of Parliament House, built in 1907 in Neoclassical Edwardian style and home to The Chamber where parliamentary debates are held.