Days are getting longer, flowers are in bloom and there are plenty of things to do and explore in Wellington this season that’ll put a spring in your step.
W hen the sun is shining and it's a beautiful spring day in Wellington, the best thing to do is get out and enjoy a bit of vitamin D. Wellington is a city made for walking so make the most of the nice weather and go exploring. Or jump on a bike to weave your way around the Wellington waterfront and stop in for a local coffee at Mojo’s Poneke or gelato from Gelissimo.
Go meet the animals at Wellington Zoo, a magical place of learning and fun that encourages a sense of wonder and respect for nature and promotes sustainable co-existence between wildlife and people. Try kiwi spotting in the nocturnal house or experience a personal encounter with the red pandas, lions, giraffes and cheetahs.
With more bars and cafes per capita than New York, what better way to make the most of Wellington’s late afternoon sun than by finding a seat outside with a bite to eat and a few brews. One of the best spots to enjoy a seasonal menu and stunning harbour views, is at Shed 5 Restaurant and Bar. Built in 1888 as a woolshed, it is one of the oldest remaining wharf stores in Lambton Harbour and now home to one of Wellington's finest seafood restaurants.
Enjoy a coffee in the courtyard at Olive, sink into the beanbags and sip on a cold beverage in the beer garden at Southern Cross, or catch the last of the rays on the rooftop of The Arborist. Wine bar Noble Rot is the best spot to enjoy a tipple from Martinborough and further beyond. With a great menu featuring charcuterie and cheeseboards, it’s also a great spot for people-watching from the cosy courtyard.
If it’s a Sunday, make sure you swing by the Harbourside Market, located on the waterfront near Te Papa Tongarewa, for some fresh local produce and food truck treats.
A city nestled between harbour and hills, you’re never far from a stunning vista in Wellington. For a guided experience of Wellington’s most beautiful scenery, Wellington Guided Tours offers small personal tours of the unique parts of the city that aren’t always easily accessible. Enjoy a morning or afternoon Comprehensive Tour (2.5 hours) or, if you have more time, experience nature at its best with the Wilderness Tour (4.5 hours).
Nothing says spring like flowers in bloom, and the Wellington Botanic Garden sure puts on a good show. Spring heralds the start of tulip season and at the Botanic Garden you’ll discover 24,000 tulips looking blooming lovely. Take your time to wander through and enjoy a gorgeous mix of colourful floral displays, native bush and stunning specialist gardens.
Whether you're looking for international headliners, sporting tournaments, family fun, or a day in the vineyards, Wellington's events line-up has got you covered.
The biggest amateur golf event ever staged in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship will be held at the Royal Wellington Golf Club between 26-29 October.
Savour fine wine, cuisine and music in the open air at Toast Martinborough (19 November) and gather for a street fair that highlights the charms of Wellington's oldest suburb at Thorndon Fair (3 December).
Kick back and enjoy the long summer nights with Gardens Magic (9-28 January), a series of free outdoor concerts held in the picturesque Wellington Botanic Garden. Mark the end of the Wellington summer with the New Zealand Festival (23 February-18 March) which will enliven the world's coolest little capital with over 300 events in outdoor spaces and indoor stages across the city.