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How to Spend 2 Days in Wellington

How to Spend 2 Days in Wellington

Spending two days in New Zealand’s capital gives you time to soak up the city’s sights and culinary delights, explore the rugged coastline, and enjoy nearby wineries. You can also learn about local wildlife and about the making of the Lord of the Rings movies. Here are a few ways to spend your time during a 2-day stay in Wellington.

Day 1: Explore the City

Morning: Start your visit with panoramic views of the city and Wellington Harbour from Mt. Victoria Lookout, just one of 11 stops on a hop-on hop-off bus tour that will take you to visit the city’s main sights. You can also opt to get around by foot or electric bike or to enjoy the city from above on a helicopter flight.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon imbibing and indulging. Wellington’s central business district and waterfront have become foodie destinations with a burgeoning craft beer scene. Oenophiles can opt for a winery tour and head a bit further afield, to Martinborough, in the Waipara wine region, which is home to a number of top-notch vineyards and boutique wineries.

Night: End your first day with a visit to Miramar, the Wellington suburb that is the epicentre of the city’s creative film industry. You can enjoy a three-course dinner at CoCo at the Roxy—an art deco restaurant in a theater—and take an evening tour of Weta Workshop, where you can learn about movie props and special effects.

Day 2: Head Into the Wild

Morning: Wellington’s rugged and rocky “seal coast” provides visitors with an opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals. Head to the area with a private guide or take a small group tour in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to observe the animals in the wild.

Afternoon: Follow in Frodo’s footsteps with a trip to the locations used for filming The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Join a trilogy tour to see the North Island countryside around Wellington, used to depict Middle-earth; Kaitoke Regional Park, which serves as the Elven terrain of Rivendell; and other notable sites.

Night: There’s no need to venture far from the city to search for native wildlife: Spend the evening exploring the Zealandia ecosanctuary, where you can learn about the area’s ecosystem and history and look for the nocturnal little spotted kiwi in the hours just before or after dusk.

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Wharekauhau Helicopter Tour with 5-Course Lunch from Wellington

Wharekauhau Helicopter Tour with 5-Course Lunch from Wellington

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Set amid 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of lush countryside and rolling hills, the Wharekauhau Country Estate is an idyllic spot for a lunch date and the most spectacular way to arrive is by helicopter. Make like a VIP on this 3-hour tour from Wellington, with round-trip transfers by helicopter and a 5-course lunch of gourmet cuisine and wine.
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Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

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Gain entry to Zealandia at night and take a guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition, which showcases New Zealand’s natural history. Interact with a life-size model moa and Haast’s eagle — both extinct — and learn about the country’s conservation efforts to preserve other native species. Located just minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia includes a night tour of Sanctuary Valley, a fenced eco-sanctuary and safe haven for endemic animal and bird species such as the nocturnal little spotted kiwi.
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Wellington Electric Bike Tour

Wellington Electric Bike Tour

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When you ship docks in Wellington, explore New Zealand's vibrant capital city while getting fresh air and exercise on an electric bike tour. Ride along the Wellington Waterfront and Miramar Peninsula, pedaling past beaches, urban landmarks, and residential neighborhoods with a guide and small group. Stop often to snap photos, and use the bike’s battery power to easily scale Mt. Maupuia for stellar views over the city and coast.
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Private Wellington Craft Beer Half Day Tour

Private Wellington Craft Beer Half Day Tour

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With innovative brewers, New Zealand’s biggest craft beer festival and a craft beer bar around every corner, Wellington is the Southern Hemisphere’s craft beer capital. With new breweries popping up around the city, however, it can be hard for hop heads to know where to go. On this private tour, check out some of the city’s most successful craft breweries and brewpubs.
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