5 Must-Dos: Wellington, New Zealand

The essential quick guide for discerning travellers

BY PAMELA WADE

1. VIEW FROM THE TOP

Getting up high is no problem in this hilly capital city, which encloses a magnificent deep-water harbour.

Close to the city is Mount Victoria; drive there or take the walkway from the Town Belt for a 360-degree panoramic view (above) from this popular lookout. Surrounding hills, city and sea can all be seen from here. Or take the historic red Wellington Cable Car from Lambton Quay up to the pretty suburb of Kelburn, and walk to the nearby Botanic Garden for a view across the city and harbour.

2. LOCAL THREADS

From Trelise Cooper in elegant Lambton Quay to the flagship store of World and Karen Walker a short stroll away, New Zealand’s biggest fashion names can be found in Wellington. Discover the country’s up-and-coming designers at The Service Depot.

Over on Vivian Street, visit Twenty-Seven Names which has a cult-like following, or scope out vintage and alternative fashion at Ziggurat (above). If you’re in town in September or October, don’t miss annual design event WOW (World of WearableArt).

3. FINE FARE

There’s something to suit all tastes in Wellington, whether you’re grabbing a burger from the Ekim food truck on Cuba Street, or trying the newest fine diner Whitebait at Clyde Quay Wharf, where kai moana (seafood) is prepared with a Maori flavour.

Leeds Street, a laneway in central Wellington, is rich in culinary options. It has quirky offerings such as craft beer at Golding’s Free Dive. There’s also organic, ethically-traded delights (above) at Wellington Chocolate Factory, and unique beverages at Six Barrel Soda Co. For coffee, head to roastery and cafe Red Rabbit Coffee Co, and don’t miss dedicated peanut butter makers Fix and Fogg.