Hiking on Matiu/Somes Island
What used to be a quarantine island for sufferers of smallpox is now a predator-free scientific research reserve. Matiu or Somes Island, is perfect for hiking, with plenty of trails, forests, historical points and a visitor’s centre. There’s also the option of canoeing or kayaking on the island if you fancy taking to the water rather than hiking.
Te Papa Museum
Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum. Renowned for its bicultural and scholarly approach, the museum specialises in collections on art, history, Pacific Island culture, Māori culture, and the natural environment.
Take a walking tour to get to know your way around the city and learn about its different aspects with one of Walk Wellington’s guides. Each guide specialises in their own particular interests, whether that be art, architecture, the courts and New Zealand Parliament or the natural environment. Each tour lasts around two hours and costs $20 per person.
Wellington Cable Car
Try living like a local and use the Wellington Cable Car to get around the city. Travel up to the top of Kelburn, 100 metres above the city, for panoramic views of Wellington and out across the bay. If you choose a one-way ticket, the 40-minute walk back into the city takes you through the scenic botanic gardens and on towards parliament.
If you are looking to let loose your adventurous side, then take a look at the activities offered by Fergs Kayaks. The options range from water activities to Rollerblading or climbing, and are a great way to see the city in a whole new light. Why not try sea kayaking or stand up paddle boarding around the harbour?