Wellington is famed for being the arts and culture hub of New Zealand. Few places can match the vibrant creative spirit that runs through this city, earning it title of “the coolest little capital in the world” from Lonely Planet.
A visit to Te Papa Tongarewa
is almost mandatory for any guest to Wellington. The national museum has over six storeys of innovative and interactive exhibitions within the stunningly designed building. Located nearby in the Te Ngākau Civic Square, the City Art Gallery
is the home of contemporary art in Wellington and well worth a visit.
Also known as a culinary hotspot, you won’t have trouble finding an excellent dining option in Wellington.
A highlight on every foodies calendar is the annual Wellington On A Plate
festival, which features over 120 events, special menus and chef collaborations, attracting visitors from throughout the country.
For a truly unique dining experience, fine-dining Hiakai
tops most lists. The restaurant places a special focus on researching and showcasing Māori and Polynesian ingredients in modern and innovative ways. Amongst numerous awards, they were also named by Time Magazine as one of World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019.
Other standout restaurants include the stylish yet fun Shepherd
, named “Best Casual Fine Dining” at the Cuisine Food Awards in 2019 and the Wellington icon Logan Brown
, situated in beautiful historic building on Cuba Street, which has been serving up culinary delights for over 20 years. Another local favourite is the much loved Rita
, with its ever changing seasonal three course menu.
Wellington is not short of coffee options either, as we’ve previously featured in our favourite Wellington coffee
list. The Flight Coffee Hangar
is another popular option, allowing you to try their seasonal speciality coffees.
If you’re looking for something different on the coffee front, try Pour and Twist
, the first fully manual brew bar in New Zealand. They specialise in hand brewed and pour over single origin filter coffee.