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The 10 Top Places to visit in Wellington, New Zealand

Have fun visiting these places in Wellington!

1. Matiu/Somes Island

Just a short boat ride from the city, Matiu/Somes Island is located in Wellington Harbour is a great day trip to visit if you want an escape from the city. Wander around the island listening to birdsong, spotting penguins and other wildlife, explore historical buildings and war bunkers.

2. Paekakariki Escarpment Track

For those ready to adventure a little further afield this walk, also referred to as the ‘stairway to heaven’, reaps amazing views of Kapiti Island and over towards the South Island. There will be no need to hit the gym after this walk with a hefty stair climb meaning it is not for the faint hearted! The two swing bridges make for great photo opportunities.

3. Brooklyn Wind Turbine

Although most of us try to avoid Wellington’s wind, the Brooklyn Wind Turbine is one place where it is more than welcome! Challenge yourself by walking up to the turbine from Aro Valley or cruise up in the car to a spot with epic views over the Wellington harbour and some history on Wellington’s electricity. Just make sure to hold on to your hat!

4. Mount Kaukau

This track is most definitely worth the climb! We are just adding to the list of amazing viewpoints that Wellington has to offer but this one has to be near the top of the list. Part of the Northern Walkway track, Mount Kaukau is a great way to work off those Wellington beers, chocolates and treats!

5. Makara Track, Beach and Walkway 

Whether you are a keen beach babe, mountain biker or walker, Makara has something for everyone. Sitting on Wellington’s west coast, Makara feels a long way from the city with its stunning views, wind turbines and rocky shores.

6. Sky Stadium 

Concerts, sports events, exhibitions - Sky Stadium has an event for every crowd. Unofficially known as the Cake Tin, the stadium offers a great viewer experience and is a short walk from waterfront restaurants and bars. Sky Stadium is the best place to visit in Wellington for watching your favourite sports event or concert.

7. Seals at Red Rocks

What better way to get the kids walking than the promise of seals. Located South of the city, Red Rocks is a flat walk that weaves around the wild and beautiful coast. If you visit between May and October you may be lucky enough to spot a seal sunning itself on the rocks beside the track!

8. Days Bay

For a slower pace, cruise on over to Days Bay on the other side of the harbour. You’ll be greeted with artsy galleries, cute cafes and sunny beaches. You can certainly make a splash from the wharf if you are brave enough to try the waters! Add this to your list of best places to visit in Wellington.

9. Moore Wilsons

Craving local wines, freshly baked croissants and the finest delicatessen goodies? Moore Wilson’s is one of the best places to visit in Wellington for local delicacies. If you are anything like us, you could spend hours scanning the shelves of Moore Wilsons to pick the most scrumptious snacks for your picnic. Their offerings don’t stop there though! Head into their bulk foods, homewares and liquor stores for even more choice.

10. Martinbourgh

Martinbourgh is located a leisurely 1 hour drive through scenic countryside it's the perfect place to visit for a day trip from Wellington. Stunning wineries dot the countryside and the towns are made up with quaint cafes, bookshops, eateries and bars. So hop in the car and experience the best of the countryside with a visit to Martinbourgh.