Journey notes: Exploring Wellington, New Zealand

Positioned on the southernmost finish of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It has eateries, museums, cultural points of interest and extra to supply. We visited right here some time again and spent a wonderful few days exploring a number of the sights. There are a lot to see, so that is only a small checklist of highlights.

Petone Wharf

Ever seen a little bit patch of paradise? Effectively for me this was it. Such a wonderful seaside city and the wharf and seaside have been such a pleasure to {photograph}. Maybe not everybody’s cup of tea, however we liked it right here and visited a number of occasions throughout our keep. I want we had stayed right here as a substitute of Wellington Metropolis itself.

Weta Cave Studio

We left this to e-book til the final minute in consequence we managed to safe tickets for the Weta Fundamental Studio tour in Miramar. There are different excursions, however I recommend you e-book forward of time. The tour was fascinating, with props, costumes and large fashions to admire. Pictures weren’t allowed for a lot of the tour attributable to copyright restrictions, however we have been in a position to take some photos with the cellphone on the finish. It was such a pleasure and a spotlight of our journey to Wellington

Mount Victoria

Proper within the coronary heart of Wellington, it’s a great place for sundown. However beware it’s usually tough to get to a carpark and it’s often VERY windy. They don’t name Wellington the Windy Metropolis for no purpose!

Level Halswell Lighthouse

Sadly, it was grey, windy and fairly moist once we visited, however we nonetheless had enjoyable exploring this space. It’s a historic spot not too removed from Wellington.

Museums, galleries and historic buildings

After all, reveals will change infrequently, however there’s at all times one thing to see and do, particularly if the climate is just not enjoying good. We managed to see the Chinese language terracotta Warriors exhibit, which was fascinating. Try Oriental Bay (a great place for sundown), Previous Parliament Home, the previous St Pauls Cathedral (see the attractive stained glass home windows) and extra.

Sea to Metropolis Bridge

Wander town, and take a look at the Saturday Markets buzzing with exercise. Stroll the Sea to Metropolis bridge and see varied different sights alongside the waterfront. Cease for a chunk to eat. We actually loved Gotham, a Batman-inspired cafe. Nice meals and a enjoyable environment.

Zealandia Eco Sanctuary

This wildlife eco sanctuary is true within the coronary heart of Wellington, with over 40 uncommon wildlife species (for those who can catch a glimpse), strolling/jogging tracks, cafes and extra. A beautiful little spot to go to.

Cape Palliser

This was one of many greatest highlights of our journey to New Zealand, we nonetheless speak about it. I wrote a complete article on it, so you may verify that out right here.


  • If you’re heading someplace new, a little bit little bit of analysis on the realm is a superb thought. Even talking to locals or somebody who has visited the realm earlier than will assist. A bit little bit of native information can go a great distance.
  • When occurring lengthy drives, be sure you have loads of gasoline, snacks and water. If potential let folks know the place you might be heading.
  • If heading down the coast, be ready for something, from blue sky and sunshine to heavy sea mist; Take jackets, hats, sunscreen and rain ponchos — be ready!
  • Verify all digital camera gear is prepared and packed the evening earlier than, together with batteries, SD playing cards and lenses. Nothing worse than getting someplace and discovering you left the battery on the counter or the SD card within the reader!
  • What to take? I spent most of my go to with my 16-35mm large angle on, however a zoom with an excellent vary like 28-200 (or 300) mm lens could be ideally suited.