Wellington’s waterfront is a must visit when you are in the capital, as Wellingtonians are apt to demonstrate. From enjoying a latte at one of Oriental Parade’s divine cafes, through to an eye-opening time spent viewing one of Te Papa’s visiting exhibits, there is plenty to see, do and taste!
We’ve had some difficulty making a must-visit list for the traveller who has only one day to spend exploring the waterfront, but we’re confident you’ll like our recommendations.
7 Must-Visits on Wellington’s Waterfront
Wellington’s waterfront is one of the capital’s most popular attractions with locals and tourists alike. With many original features and buildings still present, along with relatively flat walking paths, it has plenty to offer, including:
- Maritime Heritage Trail – step back in history and explore the popular Maritime Heritage Trail. Starting from Shed 21 (a wool store built in 1910) near Bunny Street, the trail takes you past a variety of old sheds used by the now defunct Wellington Harbour Board, through to the Band Rotunda on Oriental Parade.
- Frank Kitts Park – even if you’ve left the kids at home, Frank Kitts Park is still worth a visit. Whilst the playground with its iconic lighthouse structure is being remodeled, the gardens and park areas are a great place to take a break and enjoy an ice cream from one of the nearby vendors.
- Circa Theatre – catch a show at the popular Circa Theatre, the launching pad for many New Zealand performers. There’s a café and bar onsite to enjoy before or after your show too.
- Visit Somes-Matiu Island – from the wharf you will be able to see Somes-Matiu Island, which once a quarantine station, and is now a predator free reserve. The Dominion Ferry takes visitors there a couple of times per day weather dependent.
- Wellington Museum – formerly known as the Museum of City & Sea, a visit to the Wellington Museum is a must. Home to exhibits featuring the Wahine disaster and the wharf’s Bond Store, there is plenty of history to immerse yourself in.
- Taranaki Wharf – Taranaki Wharf is home to the annual Craft Beer Festival and Macs Brewbar. You can book a Waka and Cultural walking tour at Waka House, or simply spend time people watching, like everyone else does.
- Get active – if walking isn’t your cup of tea, why not hire a Crocbike three- or six-seater bike from Chaffer’s Marina. Or for something more adventurous, visit Fergs Kayaks and go paddleboarding or kayaking in the harbour, followed by a climb up their indoor rock wall.
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