2 September 2021

10 Most Instagrammable Places in Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's coolest little capital is an incredibly picturesque city that's bursting with unique character. Wander around and all in one day you’ll find colourful street art, world-class coffee, quirky craft beer breweries and awe-inspiring natural scenery. 

Grab your camera and tick these hotspots off your Instagram hit list.

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1. Mount Victoria Lookout

196 metres above the city, Mount Victoria Lookout offers amazing panoramic views over the city and harbour below. You can drive to the top or do a scenic walk from the CBD or Oriental Bay. Pack a picnic and take advantage of a sunny day or head on up for a cracking sunset.

Location: Mount Victoria Lookout, Lookout Road, Hataitai

2. Oriental Bay Boatsheds

The colourful Clyde Quay Boat Sheds are a photography favourite and perfect to take gram-worthy shots in front of. Find them on a waterfront walk just before Oriental Bay beach.

Location: Clyde Quay, Oriental Bay

3. The Cable Car 

No trip to Welly is complete without a ride on the iconic red cable car. It's the only funicular railway still running in New Zealand.  At the top admire the scenic views over the city as you wait for the next car to arrive to grab that classic postcard shot.

Location: Cable Car Lane, 280 Lambton Quay

4. 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 all a part of the fun.

Location: Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD

5. Wellington Waterfront

As the saying goes, you can't beat Wellington on a good day and there’s nowhere better to be than the beautiful waterfront. 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

6. The Weta Cave

If you're a movie buff, don't miss out on visiting the incredible Weta Cave. Here, you’ll discover behind the scenes 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. You can also join a Weta Workshop tour for $28 pp (be sure to book in advance).

Location: 1 Weka St, Miramar

7. Putangirua Pinnacles

If you have time for a day trip to Cape Palliser, the Putangirua Pinnacles is an incredible hike. Located in the Wairarapa (but still in the Wellington region), it's a 1-hour 40-minute scenic drive from the CBD. The pinnacles are some of the most amazing rock formations in New Zealand and there are three hikes to choose from, all with plenty of spots for some epic photos.

Location: Cape Palliser Road, Wairarapa

8. Cool Street Art

Wellington has a number of cool street art wall spots around the CBD, making the perfect backdrop for gram photos. A few of the most popular ones include the David Bowie mural on Leeds Street, the Shark Wall on Cable Street and the cool black and white cartoon art at Garage Project Workshop on Taranaki Street (Briscoe's car park).

Location: Leeds Street, Cable Street, Taranaki Street

9. 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. It was installed in 2012 as a Kiwi take inspired by the Hollywood sign, wittily acknowledging the area’s cinematic credentials as well as the city’s well-known weather.

Location:10-16 Miramar Ave, Miramar

10. Wellington's rolling hills

Wellington has such an impressive variety of landscapes, ranging from rugged coastline to lush green 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 (above) is a picture-perfect spot, as well as Mount Kaukau and Makara Wind Farm.

Locations: Mentioned above

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Do you have any other Instagram-worthy places to add to this list? Let me know in the comments! 

Check out my other Wellington posts: Where to Eat in Wellington and QT Wellington Hotel Review. (Top Things to do in Wellington post is coming next!).

Happy Travels,

1 comment

  1. So many beautiful places, can't wait for my visit


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