A small city with a big reputation, Wellington is famous for being NZ’s constitutional and cultural capital. It is infamous for its weather, particularly the gale-force wind that barrels through. There is plenty of things to do in Wellington.
The city is compact and interesting, nestled between a dramatic harbour and bush clad hills. Downtown Wellington is ideally explored on foot. Made up of four quarters, each with their own distinct mix of shopping, cafes, transport, accommodation.
Cruise down Cuba Street and visit the hipsters, artists and lovers of vintage. Cuba Street is a bohemian haven with some of the city’s most colourful shops, bars and cafes. Street entertainers might play percussive guitar, put on a marionette show, or play with fire. Hit the waterfront on foot and spend a pleasant morning or afternoon exploring.
Key historic buildings have been gracefully resurrected as popular seaside restaurants, like Shed 5 and Dockside, as well as apartments and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, which is housed in the old Bond Store.
The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa is located on the waterfront and is fascinating and fun for curious minds of any age. The exhibits are innovative and interactive, telling stories of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural and social history in new and exciting ways. By the way – their school holiday activities and special exhibits are a hit among all ages, grandparents to kids!
The Cable Car is a Wellington icon. It runs from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn, where at the top there’s a lookout, the Cable Car Museum, and Space Place at Carter Observatory. With interactive displays, a state of the art digital planetarium and historic telescopes, it’s a virtual voyage to the stars.
Take in the 360 degree panoramas of Wellington city, harbour and the Cook Strait from the top of Mount Victoria. Drive, catch a bus or walk up via the green belt to the summit. Wellington City and region are home to numerous scenic mountain biking tracks with plenty to see and things to do.
Capital E has fantastic educational school holiday activities in Wellington. They also have a wide range of creative, technology, theatre and events that run throughout the year to get the creative spark in kids ignited.
Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries is a great way to get /from Wellington. The next time you take a family trip, get even better value every day with their family fare. It’s available all year-round, for any fare type and for one-way or return trips. You’ll automatically get the discount off your whole booking when it includes at least one adult or senior, one infant or child, and any vehicle (excluding motorbikes). Maximum of 8 people per booking.
There is plenty of attractions that run school holiday activities and kids activities in and near Wellington.
Wellington for kids is a must do, with a range of great attractions and walking/cycle tracks, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. What a guide to the best family activities in Wellington!