Wellington, New Zealand. One of my forever dazzling places. A place I stayed for 5 months with the hopes of staying a little longer but in the end I had to move on.
I haven’t really talked much about this little city on my blog yet and I think it’s well overdue. While the reasons I actually fell in love with the coolest little capital were in the small almost irrelevant characteristics, there are 5 main tourist attractions that added to Wellington’s wonder.
1. Te Papa
The Museum of New Zealand is definitely an impressive feature in Wellington. The 6 story building is an excellent place to learn everything you’d want to know about New Zealand. I found myself wandering Te Papa many times and would say it’s my favourite thing in Wellington. I gushed a bit about it in a video.
2. Mount Victoria
If you want just want to get a view over the city, you can drive up to the top of Mount Vic and grab your snap. However, I definitely recommend climbing up instead. It’s a nice walk up and there are a few different paths to take. A lot of people like to stop and see the view of the city from the top, I think that some of the nice views happen along the way.
3. Weta Cave
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, you were probably waiting for this to pop up on my list. Even if you’re not a Lord of the Rings fan, I would still recommend a stop by Weta Cave. Personally, I liked Lord of the Rings but not a giant fan nor would I watch the films over and over again. I am however a fan of films in general and there isn’t anything more inspirational than Weta Cave.
4. Botanic Gardens
Wellington has a beautiful botanic garden. The best way to see the garden is to take the cable car up to the top and leisurely walk your way down the mountain though the gardens. You could of course walk both ways but it can be a fairly steep climb at parts. At the bottom is the rose garden that if you catch in full bloom is stunning.
If you want to see some animals while in Wellington, I would recommend Zealandia over the zoo. While you are guaranteed to see animals and have a larger variety of animals at the zoo, Zealandia will allow you to get up close to New Zealand’s native wildlife (aka birds). While unlike everything else on this list, I would not return to Zealandia because I have a fear of birds but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t consider it a top attraction.
These are what I would say are the top things to see and do if you’re travelling through but, like I said, it’s the small things that really got to me. It’s the simple joys of walking along Oriental Bay or shopping down Cuba Street that made me appreciate Wellington and truly enjoy the 5 months I was there.
Have you been to Wellington before? What was your favourite part?