Bonnie Etherington

The Best of Wellington: 3-Day Itinerary

  • The Best of Wellington: 3-Day Itinerary

Bonnie Etherington

The Best of Wellington: 3-Day Itinerary

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Description

Many travellers to New Zealand arrive in Wellington and then head straight down to the South Island to ski and take part in other adventure sports. But if you're looking for something a bit different from the usual Kiwi travel experience, or if you're looking at supplementing your adrenalin-filled holiday with some downtime in a city, then Wellington is for you. Wellington, New Zealand's capital city is known for its quirky art culture, its boutique shopping, its friendly locals, and its historical heart, and this three day itinerary selects the best of what's on offer. From its natural heritage, to its historical origins, and finally to the modern vibe that keeps the streets hopping, you can experience it all.

This guide has been created so that you can get the most out of Wellington with the least amount of stress and fuss. Use the day itineraries to plan what to see and do, and the directions provided to figure out the best way(s) to make your way around the city.

This itinerary includes the following sights:

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

What better way to get a real feel for the capital and the country than this museum? Entrance is free or by optional donation.

Cuba Street

Known for its alternative vibe and colourful atmosphere, this pedestrian-only zone is a must-walk for those who want to get a taste of Wellington sub-cultures, and buy something crazy along the way.

Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience

Want to see what New Zealand might have looked like 1000 years ago and spot some endangered wildlife? Zealandia will give you the experience to do just that.

These sights and many more are included in this itinerary, along with tips on how to get there, what to focus on to get the most out of your experience, and other useful hints.

Here is the complete list of what you will encounter:

  • The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience
  • Museum of Wellington City and Sea
  • The Waterfront
  • Cable Car & Lookout
  • Cable Car Museum
  • Carter Observatory & Planetarium
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Parliament Buildings
  • Courtenay Place
  • The Weta Cave
  • Cuba Street Dining & Shopping
  • Bartley & Company Art

Sample From the Itinerary:

This is a sample of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.

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The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Price: Free

Address: 55 Cable Street

[Map of Te Papa's Location]

Te Papa is within easy walking distance from the railway station, many hotels, and the central business district. Otherwise, most buses drive past the museum or a taxi there will cost you about $10 if you’re leaving from near the city center.

As New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa is the place to begin your visit in Wellington. Its historical, cultural, natural, and artistic exhibitions will give you a good overview of where the people of New Zealand and Wellington have come from and where they are going. Top on the list to see is the uniquely designed marae (Maori meeting house).

[Picture of marae art inside Te Papa] [Picture of stained glass inside Te Papa]


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Still unsure?

  • Feel free to contact me via the email address provided under my profile in the itinerary.