Wellington, New Zealand: Two Very Awesome And Free Things To Do
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.
Worth the walk up for the view!
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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.
Outside Te Papa
Mirror Sculpture by Peter Trevelyan
Meeting House or Wharenui (communal house of Maori people)
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!