The 10 Most Fun Activities & Attractions In Wellington, New Zealand
Have fun in Wellington with these attractions and activities!
1. Space Place at Carter Observatory
A 20-minute stroll up the hill from the James Cook, Carter Observatory’s Space Place is the perfect night time or rainy day activity. Space Place appeals to visitors of all ages, nestled at the top of Wellington’s Botanical Gardens and accessible by Cable Car. With regular planetarium shows, a gallery full of interactive features, and a telescope for clear sky viewings, Space Place is one of those Wellington activities you won’t want to miss.
2. Riding E-Bikes to Scorching Bay
If you’re in search of an outdoor adventure, e-biking in Wellington could be for you! Hire e-bikes on Wellington’s waterfront from Switched on Bikes and set off towards Scorching Bay beach for a day of fun activities. With beautiful views of Wellington Harbour and Oriental Bay, the journey is a flat ride and goes quickly with a little extra boost from the e-bike. Once at Scorching Bay, relax at Scorch-O-Rama and indulge in some yummy treats on the beachfront.
3. Lyall Bay
Head over to Wellington’s rugged south coast to get a prime view of Wellington’s infamous windy plane landings. Lyall Bay is also home to a thriving surf community, so park up at Spruce Goose or Maranui Cafe and enjoy coffee, brunch, or a beer and take in the view of the surf.
4. ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary
With $2 from every night spent at the James Cook booked through our website going towards ZEALANDIA’s conservation efforts, we recommend heading up to see the eco-sanctuary and its native wildlife yourself. ZEALANDIA tops the list of fun Wellington activities and was even featured on the Top 100 Places In The World To Visit by Times Magazine. Take the guided tour and keep an eye out for Kiwi!
5. Relax in the sun on the beanbags by the Waterfront
They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and nothing typifies this more than relaxing on bean bags at Karaka Cafe or St Johns Bar and Eatery on the waterfront with a cold beverage in your hand. With views of Whairepo Lagoon and closely located to Te Papa and Cuba Street, this is the perfect place to take in the scenery and take a breather after a long day out in Wellington.
6. Cocktails at The Library
No, it’s not a library. It’s a bar that looks and feels like a library! Whether you are after a pre-dinner drink or a cheeky nightcap, The Library has a large section of delicious cocktails and to-die-for desserts. With books lining the walls and live music during the weekend, this intimate bar offers a quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of Courtenay Place.
7. Army Bunkers
For something a little off the beaten track, delve into New Zealand’s wartime history through the army bunkers dotted around the city. Our favourites are the ones tucked just above the Massey Memorial, as they sit amongst grassy fields and overlook the glistening harbour.
8. Carlucci Land Mini-Golf
It’s mini-golf with a twist at Carlucci Land. Putt in amongst the sculptures and metal creations for a mini-putt experience like you’ve never seen before! The course requires some extra steady concentration and is perfect for the whole family.
9. Geo-caching on the South Coast
Grab your phone, download the Geocaching app, and be prepared for a treasure hunt on a large scale! Fun for all ages, Geocaching will have you solving brain teasers, hunting high and low for clues and putting your mapping skills to the test. It’s the perfect way to explore Wellington. Get going, detectives!
Got a need for speed? Flamingo and Lime e-scooters will have you zooming around the city in no time. Unlocking a scooter is as easy as pressing a few buttons on your phone, and then you’re away! It’s the best way to find some of the city’s hidden gems with your friends. See where the scooter takes you.