Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Wellington

The capital city of New Zealand rests between rolling hills and a rugged coastline on the southern tip of the North Island. As well as offering some of the best urban views in the country, the city is popular for its arts and culture. Wellington is home to the National Museum (Te Papa), the national opera and ballet companies, and is the heart of the nation’s film and fashion scenes. With more restaurants and cafés per head than New York, Wellington also offers a unique gastronomic experience.

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Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa

The national museum of New Zealand features five floors of interactive exhibits and offers an insight into everything from natural history to Maori culture and European immigration. Don’t miss ‘bush city’ – the museum’s urban rain forest full of native plants and wildlife. The museum is recognized as a world leader of interactive and innovative museum experiences.
Adresse: 55 Cable Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 381 7000
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-6pm (late night Thu 9pm)

New Zealand Parliament Buildings

Take a one-hour guided tour of the Parliament Buildings to see New Zealand politics at work and to explore the Beehive – one of the most famous buildings in Wellington.
Adresse: Molesworth Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 817 9503

City Gallery Wellington

Wellington’s main art gallery hosts an ever-changing collection of international touring art exhibitions and contemporary local works. There is always something interesting to see, and it's a great place for a rainy day.
Adresse: 101 Wakefield Street, Civic Square, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 913 9032
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–5pm. Closed on Christmas Day

Wellington Zoo

The zoo, founded in 1906, is now home to over 500 animals in modern enclosures. Learn more about the animals from the daily zookeeper talks and get up close to pandas and cheetahs with the zoo’s ‘close encounters’ experience.
Adresse: 200 Daniell Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 381 6755
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am-5pm. Closed on Christmas Day

Wellington Cable Car

Head up in the cable car for some of the best views of Wellington and the Hutt Valley. The upper terminal is also home to the Botanic Gardens and a free museum detailing the 100 year history of the Wellington Cable Car.
Adresse: 1a Upland Road, Kelburn, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 475 3578
Åpningstider: Daily 9:30am-5pm. Closed on Christmas Day

Zealandia - Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Discover some of New Zealand’s rarest native wildlife just ten minutes from downtown Wellington, in a unique sanctuary where native bush is being restored and endangered species are breeding once again. Visitors can roam freely inside the sanctuary or take advantage of guided day or nighttime tours.
Adresse: 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 920 9213
Åpningstider: Daily 9am - 5pm

Dominion Post Ferry

Cruise Wellington Harbour and visit the nature reserve of Somes-Maitu island, or continue on to Days Bay, which boasts one of Wellington’s best swimming beaches. These ferry trips, held by the East By West company, are a great way to explore the city and areas around.
Adresse: 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 499 1282

Ferg’s Kayaks

Explore Wellington’s waterfront in your own kayak, or hire a pair of inline skates. The hire centre also features a 13 metre high indoor climbing wall, designed for beginners as well as more experienced climbers.
Adresse: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 499 8898

Museum of Wellington City and Sea

Learn about Wellington’s social and cultural history with interactive exhibitions, a collection of over 95,000 historical items, and films on the giant cinema screen.
Adresse: 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf
Telefon: +64 4 472 8904
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-5pm

Lord of the Rings Tour

Join a full or half day tour by Flat Earth Tours and visit the locations used during filming of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. At this tour you get the chance to explore locations such as Rivendell, where Frodo recovers from his knife attack, the Anduin River, and the Gardens of Isengard, to name a few. This is a must for any "Lord of the Rings" fan.
Adresse: Various pick up points (see website)
Telefon: +64 4 472 9635

Seal Coast Safari

Enjoy a great tour where you get the chance to explore the wildlife and admire fabulous scenery. The tour includes breathtaking views of Wellington city, seal safari, coffee break, four wheel driving on the beach in Sealmobiles and much more. Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre is the pick-up point, where you will meet your guide.
Adresse: 145 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 6040

Old St Paul's Cathedral

Old St Paul's is an attractive old wooden church and is a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture. The interior is enhanced by splendid stained glass windows and is one of New Zealand's most important historic places. You can also join a guided tour and listen to interesting stories of the church.
Adresse: 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 473 6722
Åpningstider: Daily 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday and during short private functions

Wellington Botanic Garden

Stroll around and admire beautiful plants and flowers at Wellington Botanic Garden. It has a huge range of plant species from all around the world and the Begonia House covers tropical and seasonal displays of orchids, tuberous begonias, cyclamen, ornamentals and others. If you are hungry or thirsty, head over to the Rose Garden Café where you can have lunch.
Adresse: 101 Glenmore Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 499 1400
Åpningstider: All year, dawn to dusk

Oriental Bay

Whether you take a walk by the sea or go for a swim, either way this place offers beautiful views and is a lovely place to enjoy your holiday. There are plenty of ice cream parlours nearby if you would like to eat something sweet. It is close to bars, restaurants and too.
Adresse: Oriental Parade, Wellington

Mount Victoria

Mount Victoria is a beautiful place for a nature hike; so beautiful, in fact, that it has been used as filming ground for some scenes of the Lord if the Rings movie. Expect stunning, birds-eye views over the city and bay. Come at night when the city lights glimmer in the distance and savour the moment.
Adresse: Lookout Road, Wellington

Weta Cave

This mix of shop and museum is a mecca for Lord of the Rings fans, who flock to this venue to see behind-the-scenes insights and all sorts of this legendary movie's memorabilia, as well as purchase various souvenirs and collectables.
Adresse: 1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 909 4100
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-5:30pm. Closed on Christmas day

Paekākāriki Escarpment Track

This track is one of the more challenging ones, so make sure to be prepared with suitable footwear, enough water, food and stamina for the day. The hike itself may take up to 4 hours in addition to the journey from Wellington to the starting point, which you can cover by car or train (KPL) and which will take you around an hour. Stunning views and a fresh ocean breeze will accompany you during this amazing walk.
Adresse: State Highway 1, Paekākāriki
Transport: Take the KPL from Wellington Station to Paekakariki Station. From there it is another 10-15 minute walk. The track is signposted.

Logan Brown Restaurant

Multi-award winning restaurant, Logan Brown is fine dining New Zealand style. It is known locally for a signature dish of Paua Ravioli. From the a la carte menu you can also choose dishes such as snapper with tuatua fritters, seven spiced duck or desserts like earl grey brulee.
Adresse: 192 Cuba Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 5114
Åpningstider: Lunch: Wed&Thu 12pm-1:30pm, Fri&Sat 12pm-2pm. High Tea: Sat 1:30-3pm. Dinner: Tue-Sat from 5:30pm

Monsoon Poon

Are you craving food from Asia? Monsoon Poon has its feet both in the East and the West, mixing quality Asian food with high standards of service and presentation.
Adresse: 12 Blair Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 803 3555
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri from 11am, Sat-Sun from 5pm

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Provides genuine fresh Mexican food served in vibrant, colorful surroundings at cheap and cheerful prices. The menu offers dishes like enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas and tacos.
Adresse: Corner Cuba and Vivian Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 385 8811
Åpningstider: Daily 5pm till late

Pravda Cafe & Grill

The restaurant is located in one of Wellington’s elegant older buildings. Pravda serves modern yet classic bistro food (and great coffee). Here you can have breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Adresse: 107 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 8858
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 7:30am till late, Sat 9:30am till late

Chow Tory

Chow combines the fresh flavours of Southeast Asia in a casual modern setting. You will find the restaurant in the heart of the Courtenay Place entertainment district. The menu offer dishes such as red duck curry, rib of beef, crispy fried chicken and other mouth-watering dishes.
Adresse: 45 Tory Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 382 8585
Åpningstider: Daily 12pm-12am

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room is a modern interpretation of the traditional public house – a gastropub, offering the best in creative beer and food matching along with providing a premium drinking environment.
Adresse: 2 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 1159

Sweet Mother’s Kitchen

This sweet little café and restaurant serves great value home style Creole and Mexican food. Famous for their breakfast quesadilla, they also serve po’ boys, tacos and great pies for dessert.
Adresse: 5 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 385 4444
Åpningstider: Sun-Thu 8am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 8am till late

Pizzeria Napoli

This Italian pizzeria is situated in the heart of Wellington. The chefs prepare the food with fresh ingredients and use wood fired oven to get that perfect taste. Also on the menu are traditional Italian homemade pastas.
Adresse: 30 Courtney Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 802 5908
Åpningstider: Lunch Tue-Sat 12pm-3pm. Dinner daily 5pm till late

Great India

The restaurant opened its doors in 1983 and ever since then it has been a favorite Indian restaurant among locals and tourist alike. Mouth-watering dishes are served such as rogan josh, lamb vindaloo and butter chicken. There is also a fine selection of New Zealand and international wines to choose from.
Adresse: 141 Manners Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 5755

Restaurant 88

At this sophisticated ambiance you can relish Vietnamese cuisine. The attentive staff serves well-presented food with many diverse flavours. The menu offers tasty dishes such as Saigon lemongrass beef salad with crispy spring rolls and Saigon grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves.
Adresse: 88 Tory Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 385 9088
Åpningstider: Lunch: daily 11:30pm-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Sun 5:30pm till late

Portlander Bar & Grill

If you would like to eat a juicy steak, head over to restaurant Portlander Bar & Grill. At this relaxing and friendly environment you will experience a gastronomic adventure - food that is prepared to perfection and finished in style.
Adresse: Corner Whitmore Street and Featherston Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 498 3762
Åpningstider: Daily: breakfast 6am-10:30am; lunch 12pm-2:30pm; dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm

Havana Bar

Havana Bar is a colourful and cosy restaurant where the staff serves Spanish inspired tapas and seasonal plates. This award winning cocktail bar and restaurant provides local and international musicians four nights a week. The atmosphere can be described as friendly and warm.
Adresse: 34 Wigan Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 7039
Åpningstider: Daily 11:30am till late

Ortega Fish Shack

Chef Mark Limacher has a genuine and life-long love for food, which shows on the menu with fresh New Zealand seafood. Every dish is prepared with a creative touch. Here you can indulge in specialities like char-grilled big eye tuna and smoked white warehou.
Adresse: 18 Majorbanks Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 382 9559
Åpningstider: Daily 5:30pm till late

Nikau Cafe

Nikau is a spacious airy café adjacent to the City Gallery. Nikau offers fantastic food, wine and coffee served in a contemporary environment. It opened its doors in 1998.
Adresse: Civic Square, 101 Wakefiled Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 4168
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-4pm

Midnight Espresso

A relaxed and friendly late night café, serving vegetarian and vegan food. It certainly lives up to its name and is one of the last places on Cuba Street where you can grab a coffee before bedtime.
Adresse: 178 Cuba Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 7014

Maranui Surf Life Saving Club

Maranui Café is a quirky, 1940s-style café situated in the clubrooms of the Maranui Surf Club. Delicious meals and counter food served, with great views out across Lyall Bay.
Adresse: 7 Lyall Parade, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 387 4539
Åpningstider: Daily 7am-5pm

Fidel's Cafe

This is a funky, laid back and out of the way café. Fidel's is the perfect venue for weekend brunch. There is also a nice outdoor area where you can enjoy a freshly brewed coffee.
Adresse: 234 Cuba Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 6868
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 7:30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8am-10pm


Floriditas is a stylish and comfortable café/restaurant in the heart of Cuba Street. This café has a delicious menu, great coffee, reasonable prices and is a casual and relaxing place.
Adresse: 161 Cuba Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 381 2212

Hummingbird Eatery & Bar

Hummingbird Eatery & Bar is where ambience, wine, food and music equal conviviality. The staff serves New Zealand style tapas in a fun, vibrant environment.
Adresse: 22 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 6336
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat from 3pm

Tasting Room

The Tasting Room is a modern interpretation of the traditional public house – a gastropub, offering the best in creative beer and food matching along with providing a premium drinking environment.
Adresse: 2 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 1159

San Fran

San Fran is one of the top venues in New Zealand for international acts as well as local bands, DJs, and comedians.
Adresse: 171 Cuba Street, Wellington
Åpningstider: Tue-Sat 5pm till late

Hawthorn Lounge

Hawthorn Lounge is a cosy relaxed bar with big leather couches in front of the open fire where you can also roast marshmallows. It used to be a gentleman's club and lounge bar in the 1920s.
Adresse: 2/82 Tory Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 890 3724
Åpningstider: Daily 5pm-3am

Havana Bar

The spirit of Cuba is alive and kicking at Havana Bar – visible through their passion for live music, rum and coffee. This is a great place where you can have fresh exotic drinks such as raspberry and cucumber Gin Fizz.
Adresse: 32a-34 Wigan Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 7039
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 3pm till late, Fri-Sun 11am till late

The Library

One of Wellington's most stylish cocktail bars, this venue offers reading rooms along with lounge and bar areas. Pick one of the many books from the endless shelves lining the bar, and if you're lucky you might even find a cocktail voucher hidden between the pages.
Adresse: 53 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 382 8593
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 5pm till late, Fri-Sun 4pm till late

Hashigo Zake

When visiting Hashigo Zake you will only find beer, wine, sake and whisky on the menu which the staff and regulars are passionate about. This basement bar has a welcoming and warm atmosphere and the knowledgeable staff is very helpful.
Adresse: 25 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 390 7300

Dakota Bar

When entering in Dakota you will be transported to a time when cowboys and Dakota natives wandered the grasslands. Hosting different activities on different nights of the week, including line dancing, poker and mechanical bull riding, you will never find this vibrant place boring.
Adresse: 74 Courtney Place, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 381 3471
Åpningstider: Daily 4pm-4am


The Mandatory specializes on unique, exquisite menswear and is a must-visit for those in search of the perfectly tailored suit. Founded in 1997, it is now very popular amongst independent manifacturers in Wellington.
Adresse: 21 Ghuznee Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 6107
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 11am-3pm


Soup refers to itself as "fashion recovery", where Armani, Burberry, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, Zambesi are just some of the recycled labels you can expect to find.
Adresse: 23 Holland Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 385 4722
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

Kura Contemporary Ethnic Art Gallery

For a hand-picked collection of quality New Zealand fine art, crafts and memorable souvenirs, Kura is definitely the place to go. The gallery specializes on exhibiting aboriginal art.
Adresse: 19 Allen Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 802 4934
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm


Voon is an independent wedding dress store that lays special emphasis on ethical employment, and collaborates with a national charity organization to improve access to education in developing countries.
Adresse: 142 Willis Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 801 8292

Old Bank Shopping Arcade

The Old Bank Shopping Arcade is located inside a historic building, and offers something to see apart from varied stores - do not miss the musical Old Bank Clock and the remains of a sailing boat unearthed during building renovations.
Adresse: 233-237 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 922 0600
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm

Weta Cave

This mix of shop and museum is a mecca for Lord of the Rings fans, who flock to this venue to see behind-the-scenes insights and all sorts of this legendary movie's memorabilia, as well as purchase various souvenirs and collectibles.
Adresse: 1 Weka St, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4-380 9361
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-5.30pm

Hunters & Collectors

Hunters & Collectors is the vintage boutique no retro-clothing lover should miss when in Wellington. Make an hour or two to browse through its endless treasures.
Adresse: 134 Cuba Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 384 8948


Wellington International Airport is located 8 km or a 20 minutes drive from the city centre. Wellington is less than one hour’s flight from anywhere in New Zealand, and Pacific Blue covers most major cities domestically with flights to Australia and the South Pacific. A number of shuttle operators provide a regular half-hourly or hourly shuttle bus service between the airport and the Wellington Railway Station. They operate on demand, or you can book in advance to have them waiting for you at Wellington Airport. There are always a couple of shuttles waiting at the departure exits of the airport. They assist you with your luggage, and offer a friendly door-to-door service throughout Wellington city. Wellington Combined Shuttles Ltd +64 4 387 8787 The Airport Flyer Bus is also available: it's an express bus service that runs from Wellington International Airport to the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate - Lower Hutt. It runs at least once every 20 minutes, every day between the Airport and Lower Hutt. +64 800 801 700
Adresse: Wellington International Airport - Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 385 5100

Passport / Visa

Citizens of Australia and the UK, as well as visa waiver countries, do not need to apply for a visa for short visitor stays, but may need to produce documented proof of onward travel. Visa waiver countries include the USA and multiple countries across Europe and Asia, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Citizens of other countries will need to apply for a visa in advance, which can be done online for solo travellers and in paper format for those travelling with a partner or as a group. The applicant’s passport validity in this case will need to last 3 months after the planned departure date.

Best Time to Visit

According to many, the best time to visit Wellington is the end of the summer, around February and March, when the city becomes less crowded and the weather more predictable. You will still be able to enjoy New Zealand's superb nature, but you'll also find more interesting events than in summer - and the clearer skies will probably offer you the best sunsets of the year. Summer lasts from December to February, and is the most popular time to visit, attracting many families with children on school break. These are the hottest months (around 60 to 70ºF), but the weather can be unpredictable, with sudden strong winds: dressing in layers is recommended.

Public transport

One of the best features of Wellington is its compact size. In half an hour, you can walk from the Railway Station, past Parliament Buildings, along Lambton Quay, past Cuba Street to Courtenay Place near Te Papa. Collect a map from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre and explore downtown Wellington for fashion, food, arts and all the main attractions. Or take a guided tour with Walk Wellington. Discover the history, the people and the places of Wellington with knowledgeable guides who know the capital’s hidden secrets. Go Wellington’s Flyer is an express bus service that travels between the airport, Wellington city, Queensgate, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. The Flyer only stops at the main stops, which makes travel faster and easier. Service runs every 30 minutes between 6.25am and 8.20pm (Monday to Friday) and regularly at the weekend. Go Wellington is the main public bus operator in Wellington city, running regular scheduled services between the city centre and suburbs. Buses operate every day from 7am–11pm on most routes. Individual tickets may be purchased from the bus driver, and discounted ten-trip tickets are also available.
Telefon: +64 4 802 4100


Taxis can be hired from taxi ranks throughout the city, ordered over the telephone, or you can arrange collection at city hotels, the railway station or Ferry Terminals. Wellington International Airport is only 20 minutes drive from downtown Wellington. Wellington Combined Taxis: +64 4 384 4444 Kiwi Cabs Ltd +64 4 389 9999 Harbour City Taxis Ltd +64 4 388 8111
Telefon: +64 4 384 4444

Post Office

You can find one of Wellington's many post offices at:
Adresse: 49 Manners Street, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 472 7510
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-1:30pm


Urgent Pharmacy Wellington 17 Adelaide Rd, Mt Cook, Wellington +64 4 385 8810 Unichem Pharmacy 58 Willis St, Wellington +64 4 472 9398
Adresse: 17 Adelaide Road, Wellington
Telefon: +64 4 385 8810
Åpningstider: Daily 9am-11pm


Country code: +64 Area code: 04


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