Wellington Harbour with Matiu Island in background, New Zealand 2 days 1 night

Wellington Short break:
ten great things to do

Trip Length:2 days, 1 night
  • Audience engagement, bored factor banished
  • Entertainment that does not cost the earth
  • Variety, can pick and choose what works for the family
Best time to visit:Year round

Te Papa Museum to Nago Taonga Sound and Vision to Cuba Street

About Trip
Wellington weekend
School holidays ten great things to do rain or shine

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.  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.

Wellington Cable Car

Day one
Te Papa
Walking Cuba Street

Te Papa starts the day with a flourish and you just might not do anything else as the day is absorbed with the Te Papa narrative. That means you might have to stay longer, a Wellington welcome guaranteed. And remember temperamental weather doesn’t mean Wellington is not adorable. Nothing is perfect and in Wellington it is the weather.

The ace up Wellington’s sleeve is the very long list of places and activities that do not cost the earth and are indoors. The city streets have wide verandas to shelter visitors and regardless of the weather it is a place encouraging people to visit year round. Who needs a glorious gold sandy beach when there is Welly magic around every corner.

Te Papa National Museum


Q Hotel @cqwellington

Recommended Q Hotel Wellington 231-223 Cuba St, right in the middle of the action, yet the hotel is actually quiet. Apartments or hotel style rooms depending on the size of your family.  A reasonably priced hotel in the centre of Wellington.

Day two
Cuba Street exploration

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.

The most famous landmark in Wellington

Travel Pack Information

Wellington @Andrew Surgenor

  • 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. 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.

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