20 May 2019

10 Most Instagrammable Places in Wellington


Wellington, New Zealand's coolest little capital might be small compared to Auckland, but it’s an incredibly picturesque city that's bursting with unique character.

Wander around and all in one day you’ll spot wicked street art, world-class coffee, quirky craft breweries and awe-inspiring natural scenery.  Grab your camera and tick these hotspots off your instagram hit list.


1. Mount Victoria Lookout


196 metres above the city, Mount Victoria Lookout offers amazing panoramic views over the city and harbour below. Walk from the CBD, or take the more scenic (but slightly longer) route starting in Oriental Bay. Pack a picnic and take advantage of a clear day or head on up for a cracking sunset.

Location: Mount Victoria Lookout, Lookout Road, Hataitai.
Cost: Totally free!


2. The Bucket Fountain


The Bucket Fountain on Cuba Mall is a much-loved Wellington icon. The sculpture is a series of colourful buckets that fill with water until they tip, spilling down into the pool below. Getting splashed on while grabbing a pic for the gram is a must-do!

Location: Cuba Mall, Te Aro.
Cost: Freee


3. The Cable Car 


No trip to Welly is complete without a trip on the red and iconic old-school cable car. It's the only funicular railway still running in New Zealand. Buy a one-way ticket and enjoy the ride up – complete with a LED light show in the tunnel! Once up top, admire the scenic views over the city as you wait for the next car to arrive to grab that classic postcard shot. Wander back down through the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

Location: Cable Car Lane, 280 Lambton Quay.
Cost: A one-way ticket is $5 and return is $9. Botanic Gardens are free entry.


4. Wellington Waterfront


As the saying goes, you can't beat Welly on a good day and there’s nowhere better to be than the beautiful harbourside.  Stroll from the TSB Arena to Te Papa and beyond for beautiful blue sea views around the bay. The famous bronze waterfront sculpture you'll undoubtedly walk past is 'Solace in the Wind' by Weta Workshop's Max Patte.

Location: Wellington Waterfront Walk, off Jervois Quay.
Cost: Nil


5. Laneway Street Art


Wellington has a number of cool street art laneways and wall spots around the CBD, making the perfect backdrop for gram photos! Two of the most popular spots are the David Bowie mural on Leeds Street and the Shark Wall on Cable Street.

Location: Leeds Street and Cable Street.
Cost: Zilch


6. The Windy Welly sign


If you flew into the city you might have already caught a glimpse of the “Windy Welly” sign, positioned on a hill in Miramar to welcome planes coming into land. The sign was installed in 2012 as a Kiwi take on the iconic Hollywood landmark, wittily acknowledging the area’s cinematic credentials as well as the city’s well-known weather.

Location:10-16 Miramar Ave, Miramar.
Cost: Free


7. The Weta Cave


While you're in Miramar, don't miss out on visiting the incredible Weta Cave. Here, you’ll find out all about the magic Peter Jackson's team of special and visual effects wizards do for movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Avatar and so much more. Wander through the mini-museum, watch an exclusive documentary and snap a selfie with their life-sized sculptures.

Location: 1 Weka St, Miramar.
Cost: Free to enter Weta Cave, Weta Studio Tour costs $28.


8. #Foodgram


Wellington is not only the capital of New Zealand but also the capital of food! There are sooo many delicious eateries on offer for brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, you name it. If #foodporn is your jam then you won't be disappointed. A few of my faves include: HUSK Bar - for brunch and a craft beer, Havana Bar - for lunch, dinner and cocktails, Hippopotamus for High Tea, Bella Italia - for authentic Italian cuisine, Burger Liquor - for awesome burgers, Little Penang - for Malaysian, Fidels - for lunch and milkshakes, I could go on and on. Wellington food post coming soon!

Location: All over
Cost: Whatever your meal costs!


9. Te Papa


Named as one of Lonely Planet's top 500 places to see in the world, Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum and another must-do in Wellington. Inside, you can find incredible exhibitions and interactive displays of art, culture and science. Be sure to check out the Gallipoli: the scale of our war exhibition by Weta Workshop, and Toi Art, the latest art gallery instalment for some cool photo-worthy shots.

Location: 55 Cable Street, Te Aro.
Cost: Totally free.


10. Wellington's rolling hills


Wellington has such an impressive variety of landscapes, ranging from rugged coastline to mountains. Get off the beaten track and head to the hills for sublime views over the city and harbour. The Wellington Wind Turbine in Brooklyn is a picture-perfect spot, as well as Mount Kaukau and Pencarrow Coast.

Location: Mentioned above.
Cost: All free!


Do you have any other Instagram-worthy places to add to this list? Let me know in the comments! Stay tuned for a Wellington travel guide and a best places to eat post coming soon.

Happy Travels,
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