1. Wellington Zoo
The Wellington Zoo is different from most other zoos. Starting in 1906 with just one lion, the zoo is now a proud home to about 500 animals. The zoo's talking point is the unique experiences it offers to visitors. Get up close and personal with the zoo's red panda, giraffe, lion and cheetah. Or, if you're with a group of friends, why not opt for a zoo sleepover? This intriguing option allows you to spend the night overlooking the zoo's Monkey Island, and comes complete with meals. Whether you're there during the night or day, a visit to Zoo is a definite must.
2. Wellington Cable Car
Wellington's Cable Car is a tourist favourite. It is a unique and affordable way to take in Wellington's sights and sounds. Treat yourself to a scenic ride on these cars, which starts from the busy city, in Lambton Quay, through Kelburn Park and Upland Road. Here, you can find the observatory, planetarium and the Cable Car Museum. The view from the cable car is spectacular and offers you countless photo-taking opportunities.
3. Embassy Theatre
This theatre is one of Wellington's most famous icons and was host to the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King. Built in 1924, the Embassy Theatre's design will transport you to the glamour and charm of the roaring 20s. With its marbled façade, wrought iron handrails and stylish foyers, it will take your breath away. The Embassy Theatre is still a functioning cinema, and combines old-fashioned charm with sophisticated technologies such as a giant cinema screen, state-of-the-art sound system and comfortable seating. More than just an icon, the Embassy Theatre is truly for those who want to watch their movies in unrivalled style.
4. Zest Food Tours of New Zealand
In Wellington, you'll be at a loss for where to go and what to eat when it comes to mealtime! The best thing to do is to entrust yourself to the experts from Zest Food Tours. These tours offer you a chance to sample cuisine that Wellington is well-known for, such as coffee, wine and chocolate. A variety of tours are offered - Walking Gourmet, Chocolate Espresso, Taste Wellington, Greytown Gourmet and Martinborough Food and Wine. Whichever one you choose, it promises to be a delightful gastronimic experience that will leave you wanting more.
5. Lindale Tourist and Agricultural Centre
This is a necessary stop on your itinery, especially if you have children. The centre holds farm shows, which demonstrates farm activities such as shearing and milking, and even gives the audience the opportunity to milk a cow. There are also barn yard and farm walks, where you can take your time strolling through the farm, handling and feeding the animals. Children will be thrilled to freely mingle with farm animals such as pet lambs and Illamas. Adults meanwhile will be delighted with the world-famous cheese and exquisite ice cream that the farm is renowned for.
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Holiday accommodation in Wellington, NZ & Holiday apartments worldwide