we only stayed 2 nights and other than a break for us ourselves, we went to wellington to see the Galipoli display and Te Papa it self, after 3 hrs in Te Papa, we went to see the Cuba Mall and it was so busy and full of fun it was just nice sitting outside people watching,, The weather was great and we spent a bit of time just resting in the room with the fantastic view of the water front, watching Families, Boats, Planes.
Outstanding people - very hospitable. Wonderful variety of shops, bars and restaurants too and both Te Papa and the War Museum are must visits! BUT - there's a distinct lack of public toilets and facilities, other than making use of the facilities at the bars and restaurants we visited.
We always like to drive aorund the coastline, meandering into odd little areas, getting gently lost among the multitude of streets, looking at the wonderful architecture.
Breakfast or lunch at The Hangar. Afternoon drink or snacks at The Arborist; they say that the Lumberjack is the best burger in town - and it's true! Not huge as the name infers, it is the perfect size.
Don't insult the Chef by ordering it with sauce on the side!
Wellington is definitely one of my favourite cities, it is not too big but it has everything: amazing museums (the Te Papa is the best museum I have ever seen, I liked it even more than the museums in New York or London), good restaurants and cafés (Midnight Espresso is great), a cool nightlife especially in Courtenay Place, it is close to the sea and it is great for shopping too (I love the Recycle Boutique, a huge Second Hand Shop).
Cuba Street is always busy, it has a lot of cafés and it is nice for just hanging out and watching people. The Mount Victoria Lookout is also beautiful and I highly recommend the Harbourside Market, next to the Te Papa museum (on sunday) and the Nightmarket in Cuba Street (on friday).
We didn't have enough time to stay longer, but made the most in exploring the town one day and walking to the top of Mount Victoria the second day.
What a view! A wonderful friendly open and relaxing maritime town . We will be back again!
Excellent from every aspect. Lots to do and see along the huge natural harbour as well as in the compact city itself.
So many places to eat it's hard to choose. Cable car ride takes you to fantastic views over the city and surrounding areas; shop and café at top. Lovely walk back down through Botanical Gardens back into city.
Friendly Wellingtonians. Te Papa Museum is one of the best I've been to anywhere. Recommend a trip on the cable car and walk downhill through the Botanical Gardens.
Stay close to the city centre and you can walk to most attractions. Beautiful chocolates at Schoc. I wanted one of everything! Definitely a 'cool little capital city'. We didn't stay long enough to travel out of town to the beaches and natural attractions or wine region, but they are all within easy distance by car (and I believe train in many instances). We will stay longer than 3 days next time.
Groovy little city. Easy to get around. Great food and friendly people. The museum and art gallery are awesome.
Next time we will go up tje hill and visit the native birds, hopefully at dusk. The wind factor is the only negative.
The city is very compact and walkable, with lovely architecture and a great vibe. A walk along the harbourfront gives a very lovely view.
Food is varied and available. Other highlights of my short trip include the Te Papa Museum, Botanic Gardens, Cable Car Museum and Parliament House tour.
A getaway from busy city life. A very relaxing city to be in. Shop close generally very early. Only left with restaurant in the night.
Impressed with the number of local buses and how often they run. Impressed with the interest that local inhabitants show in wanting visitors to have a good time and to not miss any of Wellington's attractions.
If Lord of the ring is the tourist attraction, more information should be provided, such as the actual street nos and location for the GPS direction otherwise everyone could be got lost as we did, the promotion of restaurants is not enough too, no seafoods not fish market although we were at the coastal area.
Great city to visit,we had a wonderful morning at the Te Papa museum with free entry. There are many fantastic bars and restaurants all serving delicious food , we had an excellent meal at the General Practitioner in the Centre and the waterfront was a good place for a walk and a glass of wine.
The local bus service was easy to use we were about 20 mins out at Miramar and visited Lyall Bay - good food at the Spruce Goose bar and restaurant which had a great view of the coast and the airport runway.
I'm sold on the place. Far better night life than Auckland. Courtney Place is just a great area to spend a Fri or Sat night.
I was there on the weekend so it might be good on the other nights as well. Everything is within walking distance. On Sunday we took the cable car to the top of the hill. We walked down to the Botanic gardens where we stopped off for a coffee. We continued on down the hill to Parliament buildings. The total relaxed walking time was around 30 mins. After the tour of Parliament we couldn't walk past the Back Bencher's pub without going in for a pint. Afterwards we took another 15 min walk to the Waterfront and had some dinner in Mac's Brew bar. If we had decided not to go to the Back bencher's we would've had time to get the bus to the Weta Cave to see the tour there. Instead we spent an hour in the Te Papa museum before getting the bus to the airport. So plenty done in one day.
Beautiful and amazing there is so much to see, like I have been to the Botanic gardens 3 times, and I still haven't seen much of it, and it's right in the centre of the city.
You can spend a whole day on the harbour. Or visit and walk, for a long way/time.
It's Cold & Windy in the winter, It has a very interesting History and is great for sight seeing, eating lots of food, & drink.
Enjoyable walks and window shopping With a big verity of shops mostly for clothing Etc; very easy to get around with very good public transport. and very helpful residents. time just seems to dissolve while spending time in Wellington
A small city with a long history. Most dining and shopping are located within a small area in the middle of the city which you can cover by walking.
A beautiful old city. With many confusing alleyways. Because its a very hilly city there are lots of different levels to the city.
there were so many things to visit such as civic center, wellington train station, beehive parliament, church etc, most building was built long time ago so they look so old but antique.
every places so beautiful.
We found Wellington great for walking around.Plenty of things to look at or buy,variety of shops to see and interesting cultural history at the museum.
Very relaxed pace for a city.
I love Wgtn...born and bred in Lower Hutt...Welliwood rules. hate living in Auckland, but can't afford to move home.
Wellington is a nice compact city with much NZ history and culture to show. The harbour area is nice, and the sea view very beautiful.
Wellington city is pretty small, hence you could travel by foot (although there is extremely good taxi service for a comfortable ride).
It often gets windy in Wellington, and I would best advise you to carry a windbreaker/jacket with you at all times. People in Wellington are really friendly. For instance, many of the locals whipped out their mobile devices to help me with directions in the city (whenever I needed to ensure that I read my map correctly)! I would love to re-visit this great city!
Lovely clean city (except for Cuba Street). The transport system is excellent and there is really no need to hire a car.
The Waterfront area is lovely to visits and there are lots of restaurants. We only found the Cuba Street area grossly overrated, dirty and noisy. There is lots to do and will recommend anyone to go visit the city.
Great city to base yourself for a few days to explore the bottom of the north island & the top of the sth islands.
Sight seeing around the harbour,parliament,zoo,art gallery,parks and a drive out to Petone to La Bella Italia for lunch,the best of the best.
Wellington, Movie town: Weta cave, Movie tours, and don't miss The Roxy Theater close to the airport.
A cinema that brings you back in time. No better place to enjoy your favorite movie and have a good dinner before.