The Best Of Wellington In One Day
May 9, 2019
by Mariya Iliychova Georgieva
Wellington is known as the world’s coolest “little” capital where is no missing the big-city culture – politics, arts, museums, festivals, film industry, dining and more. I love it because is compact and nice, surrounded by green hillsides and beautiful harbour and beaches. So there is a lot to see and the best is that you can climb two top hills just in a day and cross all the downtown, see the administrative buildings and visit museums, beach, Botanic garden and harbour.
Cable Car and Kelburn Hill
You can start your wonderful day from the downtown main shopping street Lambton Quay and catch the cable car for a 5-minutes ride to the top of Kelburn Hill. An interesting fact is that the main street was the original 1840 shoreline. I would recommend to take an only one-way ticket for the cable car and to enjoy the breathtaking view of Wellington. On the top, you can visit the Cable Car Museum and Space Place at Carter Observatory. You can go back to the city with an amazing 40-minutes walk around the hillsides and crossing all the beauty of Botanic Garden and go back via historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive. At the bottom of this walk, you will reach the Parlament buildings, Reserve Bank and Supreme court. From there you can choose between the main shopping street or have a nice waterfront walk through the Wellington Museum and art gallery area.
Te Papa Museum
No matter which way you will choose you have to reach Te Papa Museum. It is good to pass through Wellington City Council and the beautiful waterfront garden and the Underground market. The place is really beautiful with wooden bridges and an unforgettable view of the harbour. There you can enjoy the lookout and rest, grab something to eat or drink a nice local coffee. Through a bridge, you will reach the Te Papa Museum where you can discover New Zealand’s Maori heritage. The building itself is really impressive because it sits on 150 shock absorbers to protect from seismic movement in this earthquake-prone area.
You can continue your way to Mount Victoria. It is good to enter from the right town part into the woods and reach the Mount Victoria Lookout. The walk is steep in some places, but still not so long or hard, so everyone can make it. The forest is amazing and nice and is keeping you from the sun on a hot day. There are signs on the way to the lookout, so just keep the track. Mount Victoria Lookout is giving you awesome view to all different parts of Wellington city and urban areas, all the hills and harbour view. So just enjoy this absolutely fantastic view. From the top, you will see all the sightseeing and you can also see the Hollywood-like letters of Wellington in a Miramar hillside.
On the way down you can choose to go from the other side via the Catholic Catedral and the incredible small stairs path through the colourful houses on the hill. You will enjoy all the magnificent view of Oriental Bay. When you reach the beach, you can cool down your legs in the clear water and rest after the long walk.