5 things to do in Wellington
While Auckland in New Zealand is the gateway to the beaches of the North and Queenstown is the place thrill seekers and adventurers throng, Wellington shouldn’t be overlooked when visiting New Zealand. Teeming with delightful little-known experiences, Wellington could well be a paradise for these seeking things beyond scenic views and adventure trails.
Below mentioned is a list of 5 least experienced, but awesome, things to see and do in Wellington.
*photo credit: Mochila nómada
5 things to do in Wellington
1. Cuba Street
For vintage shopping, delicious ethnic eats, and all kinds of bohemian delights, Cuba Street in Wellington is the place to head for. Packed with quirky cafes, art galleries, alleys splashed with graffiti, and vintage boutiques – there is never a dull moment on Cuba Street. Eat, shop, or just take a stroll to enjoy some street entertainment including marionette shows and fire tossing.
While you are here, do visit the pricey and exotic Logan Brown restaurant for some mouthwatering, freshly sourced culinary delights. The beetroot lasagna and smoked eel and crab served here are to die for!
2. Bolton Street Memorial Park and Botanic Gardens
For an eerie walk down the corridors of history, amble through the Bolton Street Memorial Park. A classic example of a colonial cemetery, the wooden tablets and iron memorials seen here are relatively rare in New Zealand. Many of the graves date back to the early 1840’s. The park is an extension of the Wellington Botanic Garden, which boasts sweeping lawns, exotic forests, native bush, spangled rose gardens and more. This is just the place to sit and enjoy the diverse flora of New Zealand which makes it definitely one of the top things to visit in Wellington.
*photo credits: Mochila nómada
3. Wellington Central Library
For some intellectual stimulation and inspiration, visit the Wellington Central Library, the largest among the Wellington City Libraries. Sitting and reading in this 115-year old library is a fantastic way to spend a rainy day while you are in New Zealand. Consisting of three floors, the library is chock-a-block with books for people of all ages. There is also a café in the library if you feel like a nice cup of tea or coffee.
4. Wellington Underground Market
With shops packed with quirky items, unique handmade delights, designer home-ware, clothing, and gourmet food products, this vibrant marketplace is a perfect place for the family to shop, eat, gaze, and soak up the local atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for something for yourself, a souvenir gift for your loved ones back home, or just wish to ramble through, the underground markets will certainly stay with you for a long time.
5. Somes Island
Just a short ferry across Wellington, Somes Island is one of the lesser visited islands. This means that it is rarely crowded so you have more of the island to enjoy to yourself. Boasting native plant and bird life, the ethereal Somes Island will offer you unparalleled tranquility.
If you are travelling with family or friends, opting for car rental in Wellington is highly recommended in order to be able to visit the aforementioned places and sample the undiscovered facets of Wellington.