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What to do in 11 Wellington neighbourhoods

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A guide what to do and see

Notable neighbourhoods, local places to hang out and check in on the action Wellington has an awesome diversity of suburbs with catering to a wide range of interests. Check out the brief guide what to do and see nearby the Wellington city centre. These highlights are easily woven into several days exploring Wellington on a short break getaway escape.

Mount Victoria lookout, Wellington, New Zealand @jessicalucyel
Mount Victoria lookout @jessicalucyel

Mount Victoria

Panoramic views, walking trails with the city in your sight. You will be passing through mature pine forests and climbing steadily up to 139 metres in height. Getting there from the city centre check out Wellington walks for an easy walking route.

Oriental Bay

Where a pocket sized beach is a summer hot spot, ice cream vendors, cafes. And conveniently close to Te Papa National Museum of Aotearoa New Zealand and Wellington waterfront cafes and happening events.

Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Oriental Bay
Weta Workshop, Stepping Behind the Movie Magic, New Zealand @Nina Out and About
Weta Workshop, Stepping Behind the Movie Magic @Nina Out and About


Weta Cave, Home of movie fantasy, magic, goblins and trolls, need we say more a must-go destination.

Island Bay

Island Bay Reef diving & Marine Education Centre  + interisland ferry sightings and a chance to enjoy the invigorating breeze whipping off the Cook Strait.

Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand @Phillip Capper
Thorndon @Phillip Capper


Thorndon antique stores, cafes, jewellers and galleries is tucked behind the Beehive and within easy walking distance.


Look across the harbour to Wellington while eating fish n chips on the beach. Catch the Eastbourne Ferry from the city harbour wharf to a beachside suburb.

Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand @eastbywestferries
Eastbourne @eastbywestferries
New zealand, lower hutt, Petone @Wallpaperflare
Lower hutt, Petone @Wallpaperflare


Petone is traditional main street shopping in Victorian era buildings. A great reason to get out of town and explore what’s happening nearby.


Where the wild things dwell, Zealandia is one of Wellington’s must-go destinations.

Lower dam at Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand
Lower dam at Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington
Brooklyn wind turbine, Wellington, New Zealand @Chimone
Brooklyn wind turbine, Wellington @Chimone


Brooklyn is home of independent cinema and a hop skip from town with a very frequent bus service zipping up the hill. For the enthusiastic a brisk walk through Central Park will get you to the suburb from the bottom of Willis Street.

Courtney Place

Wellington Nightlife, entertainment on tap, cinemas and Asian inspired foodie treats.

View of Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand @NZFC
View of Courtenay Place @NZFC
Mt Victoria Lookout, Wellington, New Zealand @Stuff
Mt Victoria Lookout @Stuff

Mt Victoria

Mt Victoria Lookout is a must-go for photo moments of the city either day or night. The brightly coloured wooden houses piled up the hill between cafes and walking trails.


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