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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Wellington Region > Wellington > Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Wellington

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Archives of New Zealand

Many of New Zealand’s most important documents are held in the National Archives. These include the original Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition that are on display in the Constitution Room.

10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon
Bus 14, 81, 84, 85
Tel (04) 499 5595
Website www.archives.govt.nz
Admission free
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm

Beehive & Parliament House

The eye-catching Beehive (a government building) and the adjoining Parliament House and Parliamentary Library lie at the heart of Wellington’s parliamentary district, a short walk from the train station. Although parts of these buildings are usually closed to the public it is possible to take a free guided tour to discover where New Zealand’s politicians work.

Bowen Street, Lambton Quay & Moleswoth Street, Wellington; tours depart from the Visitor Centre on Lambton Quay.

Bus 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 43, 44, 45, 49, 51, 52, 81, 84, 85 Cable car Lambton Quay Train Wellington
Tel (04) 471 9503
Admission free
Guided tours depart hourly Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun noon-3pm

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are a peaceful place to kick back and relax. It’s just a short cable car ride from the heart of the city.

Glenmore Street, Kelburn
Bus 12 Cable car Kelburn
Admission free

Colonial Cottage Museum

This museum housed in Central Wellington’s oldest building features interesting exhibits about life in colonial Wellington.

68 Nairn Street, Mount Cook
Bus 7, 8
Tel (04) 384 9122
Website www.colonialcottagemuseum.co.nz
Admission $5
Open 1 Jan-17 Feb 10am-4pm daily; 18 Feb-23 Dec Sat-Sun noon-4pm; 24-31 Dec 10am-4pm daily

Government Buildings Historic Reserve

This impressive wooden government building is situated across the road from the Beehive. This building has a beautiful interior with cast-iron fireplaces, sweeping staircases and native timbers.

Lambton Quay, Wellington; entrance from Department of Conservation Visitor Centre
Bus 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 43, 44, 45, 49, 51, 52, 81, 84, 85 Cable car Lambton Quay Train Wellington
Tel (04) 472 7356
Admission free
Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

The birthplace and childhood home of New Zealand’s most famous writer has been restored to show life in Wellington during late 1800s.

25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon
Bus 14
Tel (04) 473 7268
Website www.katherinemansfield.com
Admission $5.50
Open Tue-Sun 10am-4pm

New Zealand Cricket Museum

This small museum has exhibits relating to New Zealand’s involvement in the game of cricket.

The Old Grandstand Basin Reserve, 2 Rugby Street, Mount Cook
Tel (04) 385 6602
Website www.wmt.org.nz
Admission $5 ($2 students)
Open Jan-Apr 10.30am-3.30pm daily; May-Oct Sat-Sun 10.30am-3.30pm; Nov-Dec 10.30am-3.30pm daily

National Tattoo Museum

Wellington’s National Tattoo Museum features pictures of tattoo designs with the focus on the Maori moko.

42 Ablesmith Street, Wellington
Tel (04) 384 6444
Website www.mokomuseum.org.nz
Admission $5
Open Tue-Sun noon-5.30pm

Museum of Wellington City & Sea

The Museum of Wellington City and Sea is an excellent introduction to New Zealand’s capital. The museum is housed in an 1892 warehouse and contains six galleries over three floors. There are exhibits on the city’s history including interactive exhibits and three audio-visual areas showing short films about Wellington.

Queens Wharf, Wellington
Tel (04) 472 8904
Website www.museumofwellington.co.nz
Admission free
Open 10am-5pm daily

Old St Paul’s

This old cathedral is an excellent example of colonial Gothic architecture and was built from native timbers.

34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon
Bus 14, 81, 84, 85
Tel (04) 473 6722
Admission free
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

Te Papa

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, commonly referred to as Te Papa (Maori for Our Place), is New Zealand’s leading museum and Wellington’s top attraction. This popular museum has a lot of excellent interactive exhibits and interesting displays about New Zealand culture and history.

Cable Street, Wellington
Bus 14, 24
Tel (04) 381 7000
Website www.tepapa.govt.nz
Admission free
Open Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-6pm

Wellington Zoo

New Zealand’s oldest zoo has a large range of African, Asian and native wildlife. Some of the zoo’s more popular residents include meerkats, Sumatran tigers and the red panda.

200 Daniel Street, Newtown
Bus 10, 23, 83
Tel (04) 381 6750
Website www.zoo.wcc.govt.nz
Admission $15
Open 9.30am-5pm daily

ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience

This conservation project is a unique natural area not far from Wellington that is home to rare and endangered New Zealand wildlife including kiwi, saddleback, kaka and weka, which have been released inside a 252ha pest-free valley. The sanctuary has over 35km of tracks offering scenic walks and the site also has two dams and a 19th century goldmine to explore.

Waiapu Road, Karori
Bus 12, 17, 18, 21, 22
Tel (04) 920 9200
Website www.visitzealandia.com
Admission $15
Open 10am-5pm daily (last entry 4pm)

 


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