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Wellington Short Break: 10 Great Things to Do

A packed awesome adventure for the school holidays. And there is not enough time to fit some great ideas into the weekend itinerary. There is always something to see in Wellington.

Wellington is compact, picture postcard harbour, hills stacked with brightly painted houses and lots of arty stuff. Yet Windy Wellington has a nickname that does have a ring of truth. Visitors shudder and think about Brisbane and beaches.

Trip Overview

School holidays - 10 great things to do, rain or shine

Duration: 2 Days
Start Wellington
Finish Wellington
Year round

There is no getting away from a Wellington winter snap. The wind can tunnel straight from the polar regions, snap and growl around the streets with a furious roar. Visitors clutch their Blunt umbrellas (which will not blow outwards – tested in Wellington) and wonder why on earth they decided to visit Wellington.

Then Welly magic starts and you are under the spell of a special small capital city. You may never leave. Invest in a great umbrella and fall under the spell of Wellington.


  • Audience engagement, bored factor banished
  • Entertainment that does not cost the earth
  • Variety, can pick and choose what works for the family
Stops & extensions

Day 2

Wellington Cable Car, The most famous landmark in Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Cable Car

Your day starts at Parliament wending your way along Lambton Quay to finish at Cuba Street. Included in this route map is the largest nineteenth century timber government building in the southern hemisphere, now a Law Faculty, you can enter the ground floor and wonder about how many forests were needed to construct this exquisite timber building. Then stroll past Wellington High Court with its striking modern facade onto Lambton Quay.

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Stops & extensions
  • Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, on the waterfront. Open every day of the year, including all public holidays. Hours: 10am−6pm, and 10am−9pm on Thursdays. Free entry, though charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities. Getting there  Plus there is a cafe with the standard fare of a large establishment. Sausage rolls guaranteed for people who crave their lunch time snack.   You can avoid using the car park as the museum is on major bus routes or within walking distance of CBD accommodation.
  • SPACE PLACE MUSEUM.40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn. Located at the top of the Cable Car, just a short stroll from the terminus.
  • Parliament bookings are either email or telephoning. Our public tours run daily, on the hour from 10am to 4pm. Check our Calendar for our daily tour schedule. Public tour group size is limited to 25 people, therefore bookings are advisable if you wish to take a tour during peak periods (such as school holidays and public holidays). Bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance of your visit. Bookings can be made by emailing or by telephoning us on +64 4 817 950
  • Parliament outdoor self-guided tour map PDF

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