Wellington has many wonderful attractions to explore and activities that will make your hen’s getaway a dreamy holiday. Enjoy being pampered at the Salute Hair & Day Spa, allowing you and your besties a chance to relax and unwind. Why not try your hand at ice skating at Daytona Adventure Park? Art lovers will enjoy the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which delves into Māori culture. You can also walk the trails to Mount Victoria Lookout, ride the classic bright red Wellington Cable Car and see animals up close At Wellington Zoo.
We have compiled a list of the top ten things you should do when visiting Wellington to make it a truly unforgettable trip.
Ride The Iconic Red Cable Car
The bright red cable car is an infamous attraction in Wellington. Tourists flock to jump onboard the charming five-minute ride from the city’s heart to the lookout high above the city. It also provides access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place and Zealandia. A ride on the red cable car is an insta-worthy moment to capture.
Visit Mount Victoria Lookout
If you’re looking to take in breathtaking views, then a trip to the top of Mount Victoria is a must. With stunning 360-degree views, you’ll witness the harbour and the ocean to the south in all its wonderous glory. It’s a great place to walk, jog or ride mountain bikes with the backdrop of stunning scenery.
Cruise Wellington Harbour on A Private Boat Cruise
Live it up with a luxury cruise around Wellington. The privately chartered cruise can hold 20 guests, and you can charter it for two, three, or four hours. The cruise is BYO drinks and food, so remember to stock up on champers and delicious snacks or picnic baskets, and bring your camera because there are so many wonderful photos to take of the jaw-dropping scenery.
Unwind at a Day Spa Retreat
Everyone enjoys being pampered, and during your trip to Wellington, head to what has been awarded NZ’s Best Spa. Salute Hair & Day Spa has an extensive list of services they provide. You can indulge in everything from spa facials, spa packages, advanced facials with nutraceuticals, spa hand and foot therapy, massages, beauty treatments and tanning. You’ll be spoilt for choice with these ultimate relaxation packages.
Head to Daytona Adventure Park
Test your ice-skating skills at Wellington’s Biggest Indoor Entertainment Centre. Daytona Adventure Park offers Wellington’s only permanent indoor ice-skating rink, which is open all year. The indoor rink is 30m x 15m, and you’ll have fun busting out your moves with quality ice skating equipment. Skate hire and unlimited skating for the entire day are all included with the entry fee, and you can even try your hand at the Trampoline Park if you want the fun to continue.
See Animals Up Close at Wellington Zoo
Located on 13 hectares, Wellington Zoo is actually New Zealand’s first Zoo and has been caring for animals since 1906. It also boasts being the world’s first “CarbonZero certified” Zoo. During your visit, you can have close encounters with Capybaras, Lemurs, Red Panda, Minibeasts, Tigers, Meerkats, Giraffes, and Sun Bears. You’ll see Dingos, Emus, Lions, Cheetahs, Kangaroos, and Penguins, to name just a few. It’s a really fascinating experience.
Enjoy a Wellington Waterfront Walk
A beautiful water’s edge awaits on the doorstep of Wellington’s CBD. To capture the beauty of Wellington, head to the waterfront, where you can do guided walking or bike tours which allow you to explore the waterside dining, statues, and shops. During the 9km walk, you’ll enjoy superb views of the harbour as you cross Queens Wharf on the City to Sea Walk Bridge, which features large Māori carvings and a beautiful stretch of golden sand. What a fantastic way to explore Wellington.
Delve into Māori culture at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
If you’re looking to get a real sense of Māori culture, then a trip to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is a must. It’s New Zealand’s national museum and is usually referred to as Tep Papa (Māori for ‘the treasure box’), and a treasure box is it! It houses collections from Māori and Pacific to the national art collection and features fascinating stories of the country’s history. Art lovers will enjoy this experience as so many others do – an estimated 1.5 million people visit the museum every day, making it one of the world’s most visited art galleries in the world.
Take a Cocktail Making Class
Do you like your cocktails shaken, not stirred? However you like them and whatever cocktail is your drink of choice, let’s face it: we love a good cocktail. During your trip to Wellington, you’ll get a chance to learn the art of creating the perfect drink with a Cocktail Masterclass. For 90 minutes, you’ll have a dedicated bartender to guide you through the process of creating the perfect cocktail, and the best part? You’ll get to drink the fruits of your labour.
Explore New Zealand’s Native Plants at Wellington Botanic Garden
If you love the sight of beautiful blossoming blooms, you’ll be blown away by the wide array of plant collections and seasonal displays at the Botanic Garden. Covering 25 hectares of land, the gardens are the only public space that is solely dedicated to protecting native plants. Entry to the Botanic Garden is free, and maps at the entrance will help guide you through the gardens. Be sure to allocate half a day for your visit, as the gardens are vast.