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Wellington Attractions

On the coast of a large harbour on the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island lies the most central, and capital city, Wellington.

Top Attractions

Wellington, as capital city, has the Parliament buildings which are open to the public. New Zealand Parliament buildings consist of three buildings, the main one being Parliament House. There is also Bowen House and the building that everyone knows, the Executive wing- the ‘Beehive.’

Kids & Family

The big attraction that brings a large number of schools to Wellington is Te Papa – the National Museum. With a wide range of artifacts and items that represent New Zealand history and life, they also regularly feature exhibitions that cover a wide range of subjects.

The kids will also enjoy a ride on the famous Cable Car. At the top you may like to visit Zealandia, another popular attraction in Wellington. The natural ecosystem of New Zealand flora is a lovely spot in the middle of the city. Try a night tour here and you may see a kiwi!

Day Tours

Pop across Cook Strait and see Picton or the Abel Tasman National Park, and enjoy the beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound as the Interislander sails up this flooded anicent river. Drive north to the Wairarapa for a rural journey through farmland or up the coast to Kapiti. Or perhaps meet the New Zealand fur seals that relax on our shores by joining a Seal Coast Safari.

Most Popular Attractions in Wellington

1. Wellington Cable Car

  • The historic Wellington Cable Car is a short ride from the heart of Wellington to Kelburn Lookout where visitors can witness a panoramic view of the city.
  • Adult $7 return, Child $2.50 return
  • 64 4 472 2199
  • Wellington Cable Car, Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Monday-Friday: 7am-10pm, Saturday: 8:30am-10pm
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2. National War Memorial

  • The National War Memorial commemorates all New Zealanders who died in the South African War, First World War, Second World War, post-war conflicts and
  • Free
  • 64-4-385 2496
  • National War Memorial, Taranaki Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm; Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
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4. Wrights Hill Fortress

  • Adult $5; Child $3
  • +64 (4) 476 8593
  • Wrights Hill Fortress, Wrights Hill Road, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Opened 10am-4pm on Waitangi Day, ANZAC day, Queens Birthday, Labour day, December Open Day

5. Zealandia Sanctuary

  • Zealandia is a beautifully maintained nature reserve run by the Wellington communtiy. Covering a massive 225 hectares, the attraction aims to educate visitors
  • Adult from $18.5; Child $10
  • (04) 920 9200
  • ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Waiapu Road, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm closed Christmas Day
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6. Carter Observatory

    The Carter Observatory is an interactive museum where visitors can learn about stars, space, the universe and our solar system. It is conveniently situated
  • Adult $18.50, Child $8
  • +64 4 910 3140
  • Carter Observatory, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Tue, Sat: 10am-9:30pm Sun: 10am-5:30pm Mon, Wed-Fri: 10am-5pm;

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7. Seal Coast Safari

  • Adult $125; Child $62.50
  • +64 4 801 6040
  • Departs from i-SITE Visitor Centre, Wakefield Street, Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am & 1:30pm

8. Wellington Zoo

  • Adults $23; Child $11
  • Wellington Zoo, Daniell Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm
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10. Westpac Stadium

  • Vary depending on events
  • +64 4 473 3881
  • 105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
  • 8am-8pm, 7 days a week
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12. St. Mary of the Angels

  • Free
  • +64 4-473 8074
  • St Mary of the Angels, 17 Boulcott Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Sun 7am; Mon-Fri 7.30am, 12.05pm, 5.15pm; Sat 11am

13. Reserve Bank Museum

  • Free
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand & Museum, The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm

15. Wellington City Libraries

  • Free
  • +64 (0)4 801 4040
  • 65 Victoria St, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 9:30am-8:30pm; Sat 9:30am-5pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

16. Circa Theatre

  • Adults $46; Students $38
  • 04 801 7992
  • Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St,Te Aro Wellington 6011
  • Mon 10am – pm; Tues-Sat 10am - 8pm; Sun 1pm – 4:30pm

19. Cricket Museum

  • Adult $12.50; Child $10
  • New Zealand Cricket Museum, Rugby Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 10.30am to 3.30pm on weekends

20. Wellington Tramway Museum

  • Adult $10; Child $5
  • Whareroa Rd, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paraparaumu 5034, New Zealand
  • Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 11am-4.30pm

21. Great War Exhibition

  • Adults - $15.00 Children (16 years and under) - no charge
  • 04 978 2500
  • The Great War Exhibition, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-6pm

26. Staglands Wildlife Reserve

  • Adults $20; Children $10
  • +64 4 526 7529
  • Staglands Wildlife Reserve, 2362 Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt, Wellington
  • Daily 9:30am–5pm Except Christmas Day
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