Wellington’s Top 10 Must Do’s

Wellington is charmingly nicknamed “the coolest little capital in the world.”

Here’s my list of must-do’s for the city:

1. Eat Mexican food from the only Mexican who’s ever lived outside of the US or Mexico! Well, I’ve never met a traveling Mexican before, anyway—he married a Kiwi and moved here, and authentic Mexican food needs to be exported! It’s called QBT for Quesadilla Burrito Taco. In typical Mexican fashion, when I asked for spice to be “medium” it was so hot my nose was running. It’s always nice to eat Mexican food—one of the rare sources of homesickness for me.

2. Visit Te Papa, the national museum. Jacob has rated the best museum in the world. What might you guess would make it the best from his perspective?… Free wifi, plugins, a place to sit and eat, beautiful surroundings, an ocean view, and interactive exhibits. There are daily performances and lectures there too. While we were there there was a Maori music performance, a Niue dance lesson, and a lecture on positive thinking.

3. Go for a stroll along the wharf. Ryder disagrees with this one. It’s so windy here it’s a bit of a joke. I’m sitting here in the campervan right now as it rocks back and forth. (There’s actually a campervan park right in the city on the wharf. It’s not much more than a parking lot.) But the views are fantastic.

4. Visit the Karori Wildlife sanctuary for some pristine views and a chance to see some rare and unique birds.

5.  For the most restaurant and shopping choices, check out Cuba Street. I ended up buying my camera at the Photo Warehouse on Victoria Street which is just off of Cuba.

6. If you’re available on the first Sunday of the month, attend the little Unitarian Universalist group. The folks are friendly and the discussion is thoughtful.

7. If you’re interested in local history, the Museum of Wellington City and Sea is free and worth a trip.

8. Get a stunning panorama of the city and its environs at Mount Victoria’s Lookout. It’s a bit of a difficult and twisty road to reach it, but worth the drive.

9. Other options include the free Botanical Gardens, the Cable Car, and a Lord of the Rings tour.

10. Wellington is the city to catch the ferry to the South Island. It’s an easy and comfortable ride with a restaurant and lots of space on the deck to catch spectacular views.DSC00031


Out of the cities we’ve been to so far in New Zealand, we think this one might be the most livable. We’d just probably just need to get little Ryder a special windproof stroller.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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