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.

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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.

Din­ing de­lights

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.

Em­brace na­ture

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.

Spring events

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.


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