Wellington, New Zealand: Two Very Awesome And Free Things To Do

Mount Victoria Wellington

Planning a visit to Wellington?

If you are headed to New Zealand, I thought I would share some Wellington love. Before I went to Nelson in the South Island, I had the whole day to kill before I took the ferry from Wellington to the ferry port in Picton. While I was exploring I spent time doing two really awesome things that I would totally recommend and not to mention free!

Free Wellington Activity #1 – Mount Victoria

Head up to Wellington’s popular viewpoint, Mount Victoria aka Mount Vic. It’s just east of downtown and easily walkable. If you can’t walk up the road leading to Mount Victoria, you can take a bus (I believe it’s the number 20) that goes up there and it is not that expensive. I timed my visit so to walk up to get some exercise and then took the bus down to cut down on time so I could visit the museum.

Mount Victoria Wellington

Worth the walk up for the view!




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Mount Victoria

Another one from to top of Mount Victoria

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Free Wellington Activity #2 Te Papa

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum. It is renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun. I thought it was very educational. I learned about the history of New Zealand and its indigenous people, the Maori. There was also an incredible photography exhibit by Brian Brake, one of New Zealand’s most successful photographers. I thoroughly enjoyed his work and was happy to learn about a talented artist who I was not familiar with before.

Te Papa Museum

Outside Te Papa

Te Papa Museum

Mirror Sculpture by Peter Trevelyan

Meeting House at Te Papa Museum

Meeting House or Wharenui (communal house of Maori people)

Meeting House Detail - Te Papa

Better detail of the Meeting House

Even though I didn’t spend very much time in Wellington, it seems like a cool city. I would love to go back and explore more because I heard they have a great coffee and craft beer scene.

Let me know what else I should do in Wellington!


Two Free Awesome Things To Do In Wellington New Zealand

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