Whether it’s just a few hours spare between your meeting and your flights, or you’ve managed to secure a whole day to explore, our Front+Centre team has put together some of their most recommended places to visit. Sightseeing, food/beverage spots, and accommodation – check out our local go-to's:
For those who have a bit more time to spare:
Take a ride to Kelburn on the famous Wellington Cable Car. At the top, see panoramic views of the city, visit the Cable Car Museum or check out Space Place at Carter Observatory. Make your way back down to the city by wandering through the peaceful sanctuary of the Botanic Gardens, or purchase a return Cable Car ticket to take in the city views all over again.
Simply unmissable! Make sure you save time to explore Wellington’s very own interactive museum: Te Papa – voted by Lonely Planet as one of the 20 most unique museums in the world. Wander through the eye-catching exhibitions, and finish your day with coffee and eats at one of Te Papa’s two café’s, or a cool Wellington waterfront restaurant like St John’s Bar & Eatery or Coene’s Bar & Eatery.
Learn about movie-making magic by taking a guided tour of the Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop. Learn about the creation of world-recognised films such as the Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar and more. An absolute must-do for Middle Earth fans!
Book a tour of Parliament to learn about its history, buildings and New Zealand’s political environment. You may even have the chance to get up close and personal with Aotearoa’s politicians.
Because did you really go and visit Wellington if you didn’t grab a pic of one of these locations?
Mount Victoria (aka Mt Vic) lookout. Choose to walk up through the trails, or just drive your way to the very top. An ideal spot to take in the harbour views!
As Wellington’s most popular beach, Oriental Bay provides stunning views and is a great spot to swim, people watch or admire the surrounding real estate. Be sure to also check out the Carter Fountain – an incredible site at night with the multi-coloured lights!
In front of the iconic Beehive
The new instagrammable Wellington sign.
We are huge foodies here at Front+Centre, and we mean HUGE. That’s why our recommended spots to eat need to be put into a list – it’s just too hard to choose only a few of them! Depending on your business schedule, be sure to refuel or indulge at one of these awesome foodie spots:
Continue your day with a rewarding refreshment stationed seven stories high at the Arborist rooftop bar and eatery, or indulge in a comprehensive cocktail and dessert menu at the Library Bar. Other incredible spots include Lola Rouge at Naumi Studio Hotel on iconic Cuba Street, the Hawthorn Lounge (lovely cocktails), and The Puffin, a wine-bar focused on natural, organic and minimal intervention wines (on the ground floor of The Intrepid Hotel).
If you’re more into the craft beer scene, we would definitely recommend heading to Golding’s Free Dive – a cool space with a sheltered outdoor terrace, and Panhead – a stylish spot to taste a fantastic selection of award-winning beers.
Make your stay in Wellington one to remember by booking a bit of luxury at QT Wellington (formerly Museum Art Hotel), request picturesque views at the Sofitel Hotel or stay in a stylish and comfortable guest room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington. Around Oriental Bay you can find luxury boutique Ohtel or head to vibrant Ghuznee Street for a stylish stay at The Intrepid Hotel.
While we may be biased, there’s no doubting how great Wellington is – especially Wellington on a good day. There’s also no doubting how great the office spaces and meeting rooms are at our venue Front+Centre. Check out our small spaces and big spaces to see how we can best accommodate you in a business/professional meeting setting. And it goes without saying, thanks for supporting local!