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“The coolest little capital in the world”...

Lonely Planet 2010

Wellington really is a boutique city, compact enough to amble round over a long weekend but with lots more to explore further afield. You can pop over to the South Island from Wellington on the ferry or fly to Auckland or Queenstown or take a leisurely drive to the Wairarapa over the Rimutaka Hill Road. And contrary to popular belief, it's not always windy! During Spring it gets a bit gusty but on a calm, sunny day it is unbeatable.


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Our top 10 favourite cafes

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Maranui, Lyall Bay.  A really popular cafe right on the beach.  You can sip your coffee, watch the planes land in the distance and the surfers  bobbing about all in one glance! Child friendly.

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The Beach House & Kiosk, Island Bay. Relaxed cafe with great deck and views of the South island on a clear day.  You can spot the odd whale from here too. Child friendly.

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PreFab, Jesse Street.  Big, light & airy. Bakery items fresh from the oven throughout the day. Fresh, clean and seasonal menu.

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The Boat Cafe, Oriental Bay.  Cafe on a boat!  Really worth a visit, great site and very roomy.  Child friendly.

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Fidels, Cuba Street.  Loved haunt at the top of Cuba Street. Very cosy, great food.

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The Tap Room, Aro Street.  Just up from their brewery, with 20 of their legendary beers on tap there's plenty to choose from. This cafe has a simple, tasty range of food on offer.

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Cafe Laffare, College Street. Famous cafe just off Tory Street, great buzz, great coffee. Wellingtonians love it.

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The Rata Cafe, Zealandia Santuary.  Closest to the studio… Rata offers modern New Zealand cuisine with a conscience and a native twist. Have some yummy food before or after a wander round this special place.

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Seashore Caberet, The Esplanade, Petone.  A large lively and eclectic cafe on the beach front. Feast for the eyes and palette alike.

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Chocolate Fish, Shelley bay, Wellington. The best seafood sandwiches ever!  A fond favourite with the locals and very child friendly.


Things to do in Wellington

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Visit Te Papa our national museum

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Take a trip to the Kapiti Coast

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Wander round the zoo with its new veterinary centre, The Nest

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See a play at Circa or a film at the Penthouse

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Take the cable car to the Botanic Gardens

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Maybe a free tour of parliament

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Visit Karori Wildlife Sanctuary and Zealandia

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Splash out in a kayak in the harbour with Fergs kayaks

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Do a little shopping in the central city

     

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