New Zealand has become famous for backpackers all over the World thanks to its natural beauty and its infamous high-octane activities. The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is often criminally missed out by tourists in favor of what many consider to be far sexier areas of the country.
Wellington should in fact be at the top of the list for places to visit in New Zealand, this tight and compact city boasts sandy beaches, an exciting harbor, a waterfront promenade and one of the most relaxed capital cities in the World and if you can make time to visit then here are the top 5 things that you need to do in Windy Wellington.
Te Papa is the national museum of New Zealand, an interesting look into the history of the country, the cultural influences that have taken place here as well as an exploration of the country’s natural habitat. The museum is a must-visit and presents artifacts of its tribal and pre-historic cultures as well as incredible exhibitions of its geological, biological and social history. Much of the museum is interactive which make this arguably one of the most fun and interesting museums in the World.
Cuba street is a bohemian paradise with artists, hipsters and musicians who call this funky street their home. Bars, cafes and restaurants are all uniquely styled here and you won’t have to walk far before seeing some live music, poetry readings or a party starting. For a cool afternoon in Wellington, head on down to Cuba Street.
The dominant Mount Victoria peers over the city and you can do exactly that from its peak. One of my favorite things to do in Wellington is to grab some fish and chips, sit at the top of this incredible mountain and watch the planes taking off from the airport and see the ferries coming in to port. It is also a wonderful place to watch the sunset.
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington’s most popular attraction is the cable car which chugs up to the top of the Kelburn lookout for outstanding views of the city. The cable car has been going about its business since 1912 and gives tourists the easiest and most classic way of scaling the steep hill to this great lookout point.
This 25 hectare oasis is one of the finest botanical garden sin the World, thanks to the climate of Wellington, a wide range of tropical native fauna can be found here and enjoyed as you walk through the intricate pathway system. Nature lovers will live the 110 rose beds which the gardens boast and revel in the Begonia House, home to a vast array of native and international flowers. The gardens also feature the Carter Observatory which offers guests an incredible planetarium show. If you are in Wellington then this is one place that you cannot miss out on.