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Out & About in Wellington

Some useful things to know for your trip to Wellington;

Public Transport

Wellington has a fairly straightforward public transport system. If you’re not ubering somewhere you’re more likely to be taking the bus than the train. Along Courtney Place is probably the best place for you to find buses and information about buses on the day that you need it. The bus stops there are fairly well serviced with information and The Metlink website and the Metlink App for your phone are also useful for helping you get around. If you plan to use the bus a lot, you might want to purchase a ‘snapper card’ so that you simply tag on and off the bus.


Our main venue, Te Papa, is just a 5 minute walk from a New World supermarket so don’t worry if you forgot your toothbrush or need to stock up on snacks. For wholefood and healthy options, Commonsense Organics is just across the road from New World on Wakefield Street.


If all that sitting in sessions has got you craving fresh air, you could do worse than a walk around to Oriental Bay. You could also take a walk up Mount Victoria, it is easily accessed from the city

Mobile Phones

Having problems with your mobile phone? 2 Degrees have a shop on Manners Mall and the closest Vodafone Shop is on Cuba Street.

Onzo Bikes

Wellington has Onzo Bikes, simply download the app and you can be cycling around the city for just $1 per hour.


Sweet Mother’s Kitchen, Courtney Place – for coffee and yummy food

Olive, Cuba Street – has a lovely outdoor area at the back

Goldmine, Willis Street – for the best cheese scone in town

Midnight Espresso, Cuba Street – cheap & cheerful and great for vegetarian and vegan options

Hangar, Dixon Street – for flight coffee and yummy treats

Sixes & Sevens, Taranaki Street - doughnuts & coffee

Something More Substantial & Drinks

The Hudson, Victoria Street (can access from Chews Lane), Wellington - Cocktails and good food - breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Rogue & Vagabond, Garret St, Wellington - Casual drinks & nibbles –– craft beer, pizza, live music

Shed5, Queens Wharf - for a nice meal or wine and nibbles

The Old Quarter, Dixon Street - Vietnamese fusion

Little Penang, Dixon Street, Malaysian

Mr Go’s, Taranaki Street - Asian Street Food

Siem Reap, Dixon Street, Cambodian

Mexico, Dixon Street, Mexican

Scopa, Cuba St – pizza, Italian, drinks and coffee (including amazing hot chocolate)

Chow, Tory St – Asian fusion and cocktails 

Library, Courtney Place – drinks and nibbles 

Craft Beer

Welly is the craft beer capital of New Zealand, take a trip to Garage Project’s Cellar Door to sample the beers they have on draft that day or go across the street to their tap room for tasty eats and drinks.

Garage Project Cellar Door – 68 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington
Garage Project Tap Room - 91 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington

Wellington is choc full of craft beer and you'll find craft beer is on tap in almost every bar or restaurant you go to. A few other local beers to look out for include The Black Dog Brewery, The Whistling Sisters, Boneface Brewing. Head to Little Beer Quarter (Edward Street), The Malthouse (Courtney Place) or Hashigo Zake (Taranaki Street) if craft beer is your thing.

Museums and art galleries

Cable Car Museum, 1A Upland Rd, Kelburn (up the Cable Car from Lambton Quay!)

City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
Semiconductor and Eva Rothschild

Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
Guy Ngan: Habitation; Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive; and Marilyn Webb: Taste Before Eating  

Expressions Whirinaki, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
The Topp Twins and AEIOU: Tūhurahia Te Arapū Māori | Explore the Māori Alphabet

Nairn St Cottage, 68 Nairn St, Mt Cook

Pataka Museum + Art, cnr Norrie and Parumoana Sts, Porirua City
From The Shore; Virtuoso Strings. O Matou Malaga. Our Voyage: Photographs by Tracy Sexton; and Whiti Te Rā – The Story of Ngāti Toa Rangatira

Space Place at Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Road (in the Botanic Gardens, 3 minutes walk from top of Cable Car)

Te Papa, 55 Cable St (Wellington waterfront)
Te Taiao | Nature; Gallipoli: The scale of our war; Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow; Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand; Doing it For Themselves: Women Fight for Equality; and more

Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay (Wellington waterfront)
Brave Hearts pop-up exhibition

Out and About in Wellington

Looking towards the city from Oriental Parade, Wellington



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55 Cable Street
New Zealand 6011

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