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10 Must-See Attractions in Wellington, New Zealand

Enjoy exploring these top tourist attractions in Wellington.

1. Tour of the Beehive

It’s not every day you get to visit a parliament shaped like a beehive! Or where women were first given the vote! So stop in at the Beehive while you are in Wellington. Free guided tours are available on the hour every day, offering a unique insight into the New Zealand political system. Bring your questions!

2. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Explore New Zealand’s history, art collections, the natural world, and much more at the country’s national museum. A trip to Te Papa is ideal for a rainy day, or if you’re looking to learn a little something new. Consistently rated as the top tourist attraction in the city, Te Papa won’t disappoint.

3. Cable Car

The Cable Car is New Zealand’s only funicular railway, and it’s just a few minutes walk from James Cook. Take a ride on the Cable Car, and you’ll pass by murals, through the tunnels of lights, and arrive at the top to stunning views by the Botanic Gardens. Pop into the Cable Car Museum to learn more about the 100-year history of the railway.

4. Weta Workshop

Located in Miramar - a short ride from the city centre - Weta Workshop is home to the creations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (and more!). Explore the gift shop or book a tour and delve into the world of special effects, make-up artistry, sculpting, and much more. Set aside some time to immerse yourself in this magical world!

5. Bucket Fountain

Its name doesn’t deceive. Wellington’s Bucket Fountain is an iconic feature of Cuba Street. Its colourful buckets brighten up the street and make for a great photo opportunity. Just...don’t get too close, or you might get splashed!

6. Mount Victoria Lookout

High up on the hill overlooking the city, Mount Victoria offers stunning 360-degree views of the capital. If you’re feeling active, a 30-minute walk from the city will see you at the top, or for those less able or short on time, a quick drive will have you soaking in the views in minutes. Make sure you bring your camera.

7. Oriental Bay

Fancy sinking your toes into golden sand and soaking up the sunshine? Wander down to Oriental Bay for your daily dose of Vitamin D, a dip in the ocean, and that fresh sea breeze (you need to be brave in winter!). We recommend you pair your beach visit with a tasty ice-cream or some local fish and chips from nearby Mount Vic Chippery.

8. Wellington Zoo

Plan a fun day out for all at the Wellington Zoo where the lions, monkeys, and otters await! Get up close and personal with some of the animals by booking a close-up encounter, or head along to one of their daily animal talks. Located in the heart of Wellington, this is an animal lover’s paradise.

9. Wellington Museum

Another must-do for a rainy day or the history buffs among us, the Wellington Museum will appeal to all maritime lovers. Take time to reflect on the Wahine disaster and other significant New Zealand events at the Wellington Museum.

10. Old Bank Arcade

Rich with history, the Old Bank Arcade is a significant historical building located on Lambton Quay. The National Bank once used the building, but these days it houses boutique stores and cafes. A visit to the arcade is like stepping back in time. Plan your visit for the hour mark, which is when the mechanical clock opens up and starts to chime.