Two Days In Wellington: The Perfect Itinerary

Why you should visit Wellington in New Zealand

For regular readers this doesn’t come as a surprise (since I mention this in several posts on this blog) but I love New Zealand! I think New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, if not the most beautiful one…

My favorite thing about New Zealand is the incredible nature, there are so many different landscapes all squeezed into one amazing country, it’s unbelievable. Nevertheless, there are some fun cities in New Zealand as well and my favorite was quirky windy Wellington.

Two Days In Wellington

With a little under 400.000 residents, Wellington is the second most populous urban area of New Zealand (Auckland is the largest) and New Zealand’s capital. I arrived in Wellington after spending almost a full month on the gorgeous South Island and had to get used to actually seeing other people;-).

Well, I might be exaggerating a little, but there are just 1 million people living on the entire South Island, compared with over 3 million on the North.

Fun fact: the average wind-speed in Wellington is 29km/h because the city is located at in the ‘Roaring Forties’. This is a meteorological phenomenon occurring between 40 and 50 latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere because hot air from the equator meets the cold polar wind.

However, it wasn’t very windy on the day I visited Wellington. I really liked the vibe in the city, with its cute cafes and bars. And I absolutely loved the Te Papa museum, I spent a day and a half in there and still hadn’t seen everything!

There were many other things to see and do in Wellington, on the map below you can check out my Wellington itinerary.

2 day Wellington itinerary

One of the coolest things to do in Wellington is riding the Wellington Cable Car! The world famous red cable car was built in 1902 and starts at Lambton Quay. From there it ascends 120 meters to Kelburn. From the top of this hill you’ll have an amazing view over the city and the bay (on a clear day that is;-).

Wellington 2 day itinerary

You can take the cable car down as well, however, I recommend to descend via a stroll through the wonderful Botanic Gardens.

Things to see and do in Wellington - Botanic Gardens Wellington

You’ll wind your way back down through the beautiful, green and quiet gardens and end up at New Zealand Parliament Buildings. You can take a look at the Parliament House (finished in 1922) and the Parliamentary Library (built in 1899).

Fun fact: for many people from Europe (like myself) it can be quite funny that these buildings are considered relatively old in New Zealand, while back in Europe there are houses in Amsterdam dating from 1600! In fact, the house I grew up in was built in 1910.

Walking a little further you will see Old Saint Paul’s, a beautiful little church built with different types of wood native to New Zealand (such as totara, kauri and rimu). The entire building was finished in a mere nine months!

Wellington sightseeing itinerary

Continue walking along Lambton Key and Willis Street with lots of little shops, cafes and bars and eventually you will arrive at the amazing Te Papa museum. Like I said, I spent a day and a half in this wonderful museum to learn more about New Zealand’s interesting history.

Where to stay in Wellington

We rented a camper van for our New Zealand trip and stayed at the Owhiro Bay campsite, located south of the city. You can find detailed information about all the New Zealand campsites I stayed at during my 6 week road trip in my New Zealand campsite post.

Alternatively, you can find great (budget) accommodation on AgodaBooking or Airbnb.

Get a discount on your first Airbnb stay with this link!

Where to stay in Wellington - Owhiro Bay campsite

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Though New Zealand is all about gorgeous nature, there are some fun cities in New Zealand as well. My absolute favorite was Wellington! With a little under 400.000 residents, Wellington is the second most populous urban area of New Zealand and New Zealand’s capital. There are many things to see and do! Read about the highlights and download the map of my walk around Wellington.Though New Zealand is all about gorgeous nature, there are some fun cities in New Zealand as well. My absolute favorite was Wellington! With a little under 400.000 residents, Wellington is the second most populous urban area of New Zealand and New Zealand’s capital. There are many things to see and do! Read about the highlights and download the map of my walk around Wellington.
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4 Comments

  1. Antonette
    January 24, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I loved Wellington! In fact, we once played with the idea to move to NZ and then our pick to live, would’ve been there. However, we never got that far and ended up buying a house in the town we live still these days. Last time we were there, the weather was horrible but the first time around, it was amazing. I am sure people who live in Wellington live a great life 🙂

    • Lotte
      Author
      January 24, 2016 / 8:04 pm

      Wow, that would have been awesome! But from the pictures I see on your FB and Instagram, the Veluwe also suits you very well;-)

  2. Brian & Noelle
    June 9, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Great post Lotte! We loved Wellington too but only had two days to see it all as our ferry crossing was booked so we felt quite rushed and didn’t get to see as much as we wanted. We’ll have to go back! 😉

    • Lotte
      Author
      June 9, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks Brian and Noelle! I really like your post too, seems like we have the same interests! Going back to New Zealand is always a great idea;-)

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