Wellington New Zealand is a vibrant city filled with culture, great hikes, scenic panoramas and great food.
This is how I spent one perfect day in the Capital of New Zealand.
Starts with waking up in Club Level suite at the Wellington Hotel, an InterContinental City Hotel. This centrally located hotel is close to everything, and in the midst of a renovation that will update all the rooms soon.
Breakfast in the heart of Cuba Street at Floriditas Cafe & Restaurant. From hand picked broadbean blossoms in your salad, to the most amazingly fresh ingredients and perfect coffees in a relaxing european style cafe, I had to go back to Floriditas twice! And Yes!, That was the most sublime Pavlova with perfect hard and chewy meringue, roast rhubarb, fresh strawberries and slices of blood oranges.
A steep walk Mount Victoria works off breakfast and provides stunning 360 degree views of Wellington City, the harbour and the ocean to the south. Car and bus access is via Alexandra Road, while walking tracks lead from Oriental Parade and Majoribanks Street.
Lunch at The Backbencher GastroPub across from Parliament, and rub elbows with politicaliatti! There might even be a minister sharing your table. Great gastropub food in the southern hemisphere tradition, fresh, innovative, and solid.
Tour of New Zealand Parliament, free, daily, guided! Can we say that about even Victoria, BC?! Walk the halls, learn about the abolishment of the upper house, and see the very cool meeting chambers. A great insight into New Zealand civics.
After a few hours of politics, its time to see something natural. Just up the hill is Wellington Botanic Garden. 25 hectares of native forest, ferns large and small, some birdlife and another sweeping view of Wellington from the summit at Kelburn, also where you catch the Cable Car.
Ride the Wellington Cable Car back down to City. It’s old, its going downtown anyway, and its only $4. Enjoy!
Dinner on the dress circle on Wellington Harbour at Shed 5. Seafood caught locally and prepared to perfection. They have a fine list of New Zealand, nearby Marlborough regional wines. Had the most amazing local New Zealand oysters served with a weird balsamic application tool, but regardless, excellent!
A short trip (5 days for me) from YVR to WLG, there is so much to do and see, and experience. I couldn’t resist taking advantage of an opportunity to turn fall into spring for a few days.
Air New Zealand flies out of YVR, 15 hours to Auckland, then a short 2.5 hour flight to Wellington. I bought my economy ticket to Wellington two weeks before I flew and the price was $1850. AirNewZealand.ca