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Five adventures you can’t miss in Wellington

Mt Wellington and Sandy Bay

When visiting beautiful New Zealand, a stopover in Wellington is a must. There are many exciting attractions around the city and they’re all accessible with a car. Rent a car from DriveNow and explore everything Wellington has to offer.

Climb Mount Victoria
At nearly 200 metres tall, Mount Victoria is far from being New Zealand’s highest peak. However, it definitely offers some of the best views in the country. With 360 degree views of Wellington harbour and the CBD, it’s a climb you’re bound to enjoy.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
This museum showcases the best of New Zealand’s history, art and Maori culture. ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ translates into ‘container of treasures’ and under Te Papa’s roof is six floors of cultural treasures and interactive displaces. With free entry, it’s a wonderful destination for the family, and it also educates and entertains visitors.

Ride the historical Cable Car
Step on board this iconic Wellington attraction. The cable car runs from Lambton Quay to the top of Kelburn, offering amazing views the entire way. You’ll also come across the Space Place at Carter Observatory, which showcases interactive displays. Best of all, is the historic telescopes and the digital planetarium, which you can explore.

Lord of the Rings tour
From Wellington, you can join tours which take you to some of the locations made famous by Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Journey through the scenic countryside, which would be more familiar to LOTR fans as Middle Earth. You’ll also tour the Weta Studios, where you’ll learn about the movie’s production and behind-the-scenes stories.

Visit Oriental Bay
When in Wellington, one must spend some time along the city’s waterfront. Relax on the shore or venture along the boardwalk. There are many cafes, parks and bars dotted along the shore. On weekends, crowds flock to the area to browse market stalls. It’s a busy part of Wellington, but also very relaxing.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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