Wellington Harbour, Te Papa (New Zealand National Museum), The Civic Center, Frank Kitts Park, Botanic Gardens, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, The Stadium, Art Galleries, The Arts Festival, The Beehive (Parliament), Theaters, Libraries, Cinema’s, Restaurants and Cafes. Wonderful Views from many vantage points.
Home of The New Zealand Ballet and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Things to do :
- Water Related Activities :
Wellington is centred around a beautiful harbour, which makes it a great place for many different activities. You can swim in one of the numerous swimming pools, or enjoy the outdoor natural waters in the harbour, ocean, or river. Take a stroll around Oriental Parade, sit and watch the beautiful water fountain and swimmers who enjoy the short swim out to it.For those who enjoy water sports there is surfing, kayaking, surf casting, or fishing from wharves or from boats. There is good snorkeling or scuba diving all around our coast, many old wrecks for Scuba divers to explore, and anyone spearfishing usually manages to catch some sort of kai moana (seafood). Activities popular on the sea include sailing, dragon boating, water-skiing, windsurfing or jet skiing. Most of these craft are available to hire. Or maybe you would prefer to relax on one of the sandy beaches around our great coast line.There are two main Islands in Wellington Harbour, and landing is permitted (with some conditions). Ward Island and Somes Island are both reserves. Somes Island is currently being replanted in native bush. There is a regular small ferry service to the Island.
A trip to the Island Bay Marine Education Center, or a walk around to ‘Red Rocks’ to the seal colony, is a must for the naturist.If you prefer fresh water you could try swimming, canoeing, or trout fishing in our rivers. For the less energetic maybe a relaxing picnic by the river would be a treat for the family.
Maybe you would prefer rollerblading, surfcasting, or a bike ride around the coastal bays.
- Stadium or sports grounds :
Wellington has recently acquired a new sports stadium, which has been a great asset to our City. It has brought alive many sports, and is always full for the major games that Kiwis have become accustomed to supporting. These include Rugby (our national game), cricket, soccer, hockey, tennis, and many more.
- Mountain bike or walking tracks :
We believe Wellington is the Mountain Bike Capital of the world, with many riding tracks of varying degrees of difficulty. Walking tracks have been built through green belt areas throughout the city, and are all free to access. Maps of mountain bike and walking tracks are available, mostly at no charge, from information centres.For the less energetic and perhaps more botany minded, the Cable car from the centre of Wellington arrives at the Wellington Botanical Gardens.
- Native Bird Sanctuaries, Animal and wild life Zoos and Parks :
For the family we have Wellington Zoo, Staglands, or Lindale Farm. In New Zealand we treasure our native bird life, and a strong emphasis has been placed on restoring some areas, as natural habitats for our native birds. Karori water reservoir and Kapiti Island have been cleared of all exotic animals and predators, planted with native trees, and stocked with native birds. For a small fee these sanctuaries may be visited with a guide. Other areas are currently being restored, e.g. Mana Island and Somes Island.
- Wine Trails :
Drive North East through the Hutt Valley, over the Rimutaka Ranges, and within about an hour you will arrive in Martinborough. This area has won many awards for its wines. Alternatively, take a ferry or small plane across the Cook Strait to Picton or Blenheim, and you can either visit many vineyards yourself or more wisely, join an organised wine trail tour to sample the local wines.
- Other day trip options :
For those who love cars or trains, less than an hours drive up the coast to the North is the world famous ‘Southwards Vintage Car Museum’. On the way there at Paekakariki, you will pass the Steam Train Museum, and an old working Tramcar system. At Silverstream about 15 minutes North East of Wellington is another Railway Museum.A day trip by Transrail ferry (passenger, car and train), across the Cook Strait up the Marlbourgh Sounds to Picton and back, is a relaxing way to enjoy our country. Once in Picton you could decide to spend a few days, and stay in one of the many resorts around the Sounds, where you can do some fishing or diving. Alternatively catch a bus to Kaikoura and take a Whale watch trip, a must for sea mammal enthusiasts. If you like crayfish the Kaikoura district is famous for them. Kaikoura is a Maori word meaning Kai (food) Koura (crayfish).
- Eating out :
Wellington has become well known for its cafes and the variety of cuisine it has to offer. You will find something to suit the tastes of nearly every different individual. Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Indian, Greek, Turkish, Italian, American, and European, cuisine are available. Recently Wellington won 6 of the 11 special awards for ethnic cuisine, according to Michael Guy’s annual Eating Out Good Food Award, (The Dominion 13 December, 2000).
These are just some of the things our friends and family enjoy around Wellington.
Please contact the information centres for more details.