On a recent trip to New Zealand Greg and I found ourselves spending two nights in Wellington, the country’s capital. On our second afternoon we decided to explore the Wellington Waterfront and were pleasantly surprised by the beauty and variety of things to do and see. Many of those things were free, making it the perfect destination for all types of travelers on a budget. Here are 10 things to do on the Wellington Waterfront.
1. Go Shopping
Browse through locally-made arts, crafts, clothing and mementos at the pop-up market … an eclectic collection of kiosks made from cargo carriers aligned along the waterfront.
2. Lock in Your Love
Wellington has its own version of the Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche (bridges) over the Seine in Paris. The foot bridge over the Frank Kitts Lagoon in Wellington provides steel fencing where couples can reconfirm their love by securing a personalized pad lock in the bridge’s side rails. (We were surprised there wasn’t a kiosk selling locks to passersby!)
3. Have Lunch or dinner
You can either bring along your own picnic or chose one of the many dining establishments along the Wellington Waterfront to grab a quick bite or full meal.
4. Experience the City to Sea Bridge
This sculpture-and-bridge-in-one is a sight to experience in and of itself. It’s artistically designed to include several little cubbies where visitors can relax to read a book, get some shuteye or simply sit down and enjoy the beauty of the harbor.
5. Take a Dive
Climb the zigzag staircase at the water’s edge and take a deep dive off the platform into the harbor. It’s both an exciting and refreshing way to enjoy a pleasant afternoon.
6. Visit the Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa
Admission to this delightful museum is free. (There may be nominal charges for some of their temporary exhibits or activities.) You can learn all about the history of New Zealand and its native people.
7. Grab a Gelato or Espresso
Take a break at one of the many coffee shops to enjoy an expertly prepared coffee drink or frozen treat.
8. Capture Some Memories
The Wellington Waterfront provides a fantastic backdrop to practice your photography skills. Sculpture, architecture, graffiti, beautiful views and extraordinary people abound. It’s a photographer’s dream.
9. Rent a Pedal Boat on the wellington waterfront
Check out What NZ and take a self-powered cruise in the Lagoon. It’s beautiful and fun and you’ll get some of that wonderful exercise we talked about earlier.
10. Get Your Exercise
It was a beautiful day when we visited the Wellington Waterfront and as a result we saw several people power walking or jogging. I can’t think of a more delightful way to burn a few calories.
Whether you stay for just an hour or meander for an entire afternoon, we think you’ll love the Wellington Waterfront just as much as we did.
What’s your favorite thing to do when you visit a waterfront area?