Category "I ♡ Wellington"

I ♡ Wellington

I love my city and, as my Husband says, I love being a tourist! There is always something to see and do in Wellington…




✔ Te Papa
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum, located in Wellington.


✔ Brooklyn Central Park
Wellington’s Central Park is located close to the CBD, containing native bush, a playground and flying fox.

Brooklyn Central Park

✔ Embassy Theatre/ Black Sparrow
The theatre was thrust into the international cinematic limelight when it hosted the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.

The Black Sparrow is nested beneath the iconic architecture of The Embassy Theatre, a hidden gem of old-school class and sophistication.

I am slowly making my way through their range of Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts themed Mocktails- So far I have had the Phoenix (Pineapple and smoked rosemary sour with giner syrup and lime) and the Niffler (Fruity concoction)


✔ Botanic Gardens
Covers 25 hectares of land on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, near central Wellington. The garden features 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, plant collections and seasonal displays.


✔ Raumati Beach
I usually go hunting here for sea glass


✔ Wrights Hill
Counter bombardment coastal artillery battery in the Karori suburb of Wellington – We attended an open day.


✔ Otari Wilton
Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton’s Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to New Zealand native plants.


✔ Makara
Makara walkway is a Department of Conservation managed loop track that begins and ends at Makara Beach- So far we have made it to the top of the first hill but after that it can get a bit dicey especially on a windy day.


✔ Pencarrow

The pilgrimage to Pencarrow Lighthouse makes a memorable day trip from Wellington city or the Hutt Valley. Starting from Eastbourne, it’s a return walk of around four hours. There are two lighthouses- one on the ground and the other on the hill above.


✔ Mt Kaukau
Mount Kaukau is the most visible high point in the Wellington landscape. Let me give you a piece of advise- keep to the regular track- Don’t take the ‘Alternative Route’ like we did- its a killer!


✔ Tunnel Gully
Named for its link with the historic Remutaka Railway between Wellington and the Wairarapa, Tunnel Gully features the 253m long Mangaroa Tunnel, built between 1875 and 1877.


✔ Wellington Zoo
The world’s first carboNZero certified zoo…I love the Giraffes, Blue Tongue Lizards, Otters, Red Pandas and the newest editions- the baby Capybara’s.


✔ Massey Memorial
The Massey Memorial is the mausoleum of New Zealand Prime Minister William Massey, at Point Halswell on the Miramar Peninsula.


✔ Westpac Stadium
Aka The Cake Tin…have been many times. The images below are from the day we had amazing front row seats tot he USA vs Canada Ice Hockey Game. We came, we bought souvenirs, we got signatures, we left with a full refund as the wind kept knocking the ice rink apart.


✔ Aotea Lagoon
Aotea Lagoon is an artificial lagoon surrounded by a 7-hectare public park in the Papakowhai suburb of Porirua…The site of our first date


✔ Queen Elizabeth Park
The park contains the last area of natural dunes on the Kapiti Coast. One day we will go back and have a ride on the little train.


✔ Red Rocks
On Wellington’s rugged south coast, just a 30 to 40 minute walk from Owhiro Bay you’ll discover the Red Rocks (Pari-whero). The Red Rocks were formed 200 million years ago by undersea volcanic eruptions. Small amounts of iron oxides give the rocks their distinctive colouring. The easy coastal walk extends to Sinclair Head, where there is a New Zealand fur seal colony. The colony can be seen from May to October.


✔ Archway- Truby King
Truby King House and Garden is a heritage-listed estate nestled in Melrose. The estate was once home to Sir Truby and Lady Isabella King – founders of the Plunket Society.

I saw a picture of this archway on Pinterest noting it was in Wellington and went on a mission to find it- Took about 2 years.

✔ Weta Workshop

From Middle-earth to Tracy Island & beyond: Weta Workshop is your gateway to immersive filmmaking experiences & the famous Weta Cave!


✔ Zealandia
Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected natural area, the first urban completely fenced ecosanctuary, where the biodiversity of 225 ha of forest is being restored


✔ Staglands
Staglands is the product of one man’s passion and vision to experience nature at its best and is a real ‘hidden treasure’, as it is located in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley in Upper Hutt


✔ Rivendell
Don your elf ears or hobbit feet, and visit Rivendell, the site where Arwen and Aragorn kissed, in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy…Its in Kaitoke, Upper Hutt.


✔ Days Bay
You can take the Ferry but we drove and had an amazing lunch at the Pavilion and a walk along the beach


✔ Cable Car
A funicular railway in Wellington, New Zealand, between Lambton Quay, the main shopping street, and Kelburn, a suburb in the hills overlooking the central city, rising 120 m over a length of 612 m. The one way trip takes approximately five minutes.


✔ Percy Scenic Reserve
Nature recreation area featuring walking tracks to a waterfall, a pond with ducks & picnic shelters.


✔ Island Bay Aquarium
A large variety of live habitat displays including many different species of marine life from the rocky shores of Wellington’s unique South Coast.


✔ Mt Victoria
Mount Victoria Lookout is easily accessible from Wellington’s city center and offers 360-degree scenic views.


✔ Rooftop Bars
Dirty Little Secret- Great view of the City from there.