Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, located on the southern tip of the North Island. It’s got tons of things to do whether you need to get your Lord of the Rings fix at the Weta Workshop, discover the Te Papa Museum or you want to just relax and smell the roses in the botanical gardens.
It’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Wander around and spot the different art installations, fountains, and poems dotted around. The views get even more spectacular as you sail away on the Interislander ferry towards the South Island.
Te Papa Museum
A huge, ever-changing and interactive museum full of artwork and fantastic exhibitions including the colossal squid and a temporary Lord of the Rings exhibition. You can literally spend an entire day here as they have cafes and shops to keep you going when you need a break from science or loud children.
The Botanic Gardens
With 25 hectares of unique landscape, colourful flowers and views of the city it will keep you entertained for hours. I recommend riding the cable car from Cable Car Lane off Lambton Quay, it leaves every 10 minutes, and you can then walk downhill to the city at the end of the day. Make sure you visit the wonderful Lady Norwood Rose Garden.
A zoo is just like any other zoo, but there is always something so cool about seeing these animals in real life, and the monkeys have a pretty good view. Wellington Zoo has over 500 animals, there are daily talks and you can have a Close Encounter with the cheetahs, red pandas, lions, meerkats, and giraffes. Don’t miss what may be your only chance of spotting a Kiwi, a rare bird native to New Zealand.
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