Wellington is a great city for activities, attractions and events. Whether you are taken by action-packed adventures, awe-inspiring walks around the harbour or interested in vibrant music and arts, Wellington will keep you smiling. See below for some of our favourite activities and sights in and around Wellington.
Te Papa Tongarewa Museum
Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage and its fascinating history. This is no ordinary museum. Enjoy stimulating exhibitions, engaging presentations and even motion simulator rides. Te Papa is recognised as a world leader in creating innovative and interactive museum experiences.
Tours Of Parliament
Free, one-hour guided tours of Parliament operate every day on the hour. Take a tour with one of our trained guides to visit key parts of Parliament's buildings and learn about our parliamentary processes. Weekdays: first tour 10am, last tour 4pm. Saturdays and most public holidays: first tour 10am, last tour 3pm. Sundays: first tour 11am, last tour 3pm.
Zealandia Karori Experience
Just five minutes drive from central Wellington, ZEALANDIA is New Zealand's most accessible 'mainland conservation island'. This award-winning eco-restoration project gives visitors an unrivalled opportunity to experience our iconic native wildlife in its natural environment. Tuatara, saddleback, hihi, little spotted kiwi and dozens of other iconic species living wild just 2km from town!
Wellington Zoo is a magical place of learning and fun, where visitors leave with a sense of wonder and respect for nature and a belief in the need for a sustainable co-existence between wildlife and people. There are more than 550 animals at the zoo, including exotic endangered species and New Zealand's own native treasures. You can even meet a kiwi for yourself every afternoon in the Wild Theatre!
Wellington Botanic Gardens
The Wellington Botanic Garden features 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city. It is classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area. Entry is free.
Wellington Cable Car Museum
Climb aboard a 'relentless red rattler', see the original winding machinery and grip car fully restored. This unique system has transported people between the harbour and the hills for over 100 years. Free entry. Open daily 9.30am to 5.30pm in summer and 10am to 5pm in winter.