Wellington Sightseeing

Wellington Botanic Garden

The Wellington Botanic Garden features 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city. It is classified as a Garden of National Signifcance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and is an Historic Places Trust Heritage Area.

Colonial Cottage Museum

Visit central Wellington’s oldest identifed building, which was built by carpenter, William Wallis, in 1858. This was a time when candles were made from tallow and when the nails used to build the Cottage were imported. Displays show the ways in which the first colonials blended their lives from their Victorian homeland with the dictates of a new country. Enjoy the garden, the remaining portion of an 1840 New Zealand Company Town Acre, on which the Cottage was built.

City Gallery

City Gallery Wellington is a dynamic cultural presence in the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand. Whether it’s the latest exhibition of New Zealand’s avant-garde artists, an international collection visiting the gallery or just the gallery’s café, there are plenty of reasons to put Wellington’s eyes-and- ears-on-the-arts on the schedule.

It is an excellent representation of New Zealand’s dynamic contemporary culture – something delegates won’t see much of in the countryside. The gallery has no permanent collection, and instead everything is constantly in motion: Delegates might see a show by anyone from Shane Cotton, Colin McCahon or Len Lye to Wim Wenders, Rosalie Gascoigne or Tracey Emin.

Other attractions include the Michael Hirschfeld Gallery, dedicated to showing Wellington artists, and the popular Nikau café, making some of the city’s best coffee. In addition to free tours every weekend, City Gallery runs an extensive and engaging events programme, featuring everything from international guest lecturers to local artist talks to film, poetry and dance.

The Film Archive

The New Zealand Film Archive has three principal functions — to collect, protect and project New Zealand’s moving image heritage.

The collections of predominantly New Zealand flm and video dates from 1895 to the present day. In the collections are feature films, documentaries, short films, home movies, newsreels, television programmes and film and television advertisements. A large documentation collection is also held, including publicity materials, stills, posters, production records and equipment.

Wellington Waterfront

Wellington Waterfront is a public recreation destination under development in the capital of New Zealand.

Here delegates can spend time in Wellington visiting a museum, learning about our history, eating in our waterfront restaurants, attending events or having fun in a park.

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

The Katherine Mansfeld Birthplace is the childhood home of one of the world’s best-known short story writers and New Zealand’s most famous author. Here delegates can enjoy a virtual visit to this historic family home and garden, as well as discover the life and work of the writer herself.

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is a magical place of learning and fun, leaving visitors with a sense of wonder and respect for nature, and a belief in the need for a sustainable co-existence between 27 wildlife and people. Wellington Zoo is known throughout Australasia for the high quality of the animals’ environment and for its husbandry and welfare practices.

Museum of Wellington City and Sea

This popular Museum tells the tales of Wellington. Delegates can immerse themselves in a past that is both dark and colourful. Experience the events, people and cultures that have defended New Zealand’s capital city. Wellington is fused with the ocean. Our history is maritime and commercial, our people seafaring and land-dwelling.

This successful combination is chronicled in the Museum, in permanent and changing exhibitions. The Bond Store on Queens Wharf is the Museum’s home. This century-old building is a national treasure, and a permanent fixture on Wellington’s ever-changing waterfront.

Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions. The cars run from the heart of the CBD. Within 5 minutes, it will whisk delegates from under the corporate towers of The Terrace, past Kelburn Park and Victoria University, to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Garden, which has a magnificent lookout over the city and harbour Other attractions immediately accessible from the top station are the award winning Cable Car Museum situated in the old cable car winding room, the Carter Observatory and the Skyline Restaurant.

Pataka Museum of Arts & Cultures

Pataka Museum of Arts & Cultures is the cultural heart of Porirua City. Dedicated to celebrating our heritage and showcasing the very best in contemporary Maori, Pacifc Island and New Zealand art.

At Pataka, delegates will see work from leading local, national and international artists with a fantastic range of heritage and social history exhibitions.

All housed under one roof, with the Porirua City Library, Melody Farm Music Museum, a traditional Japanese garden and Cafe Kaizen, a cultural oasis in Porirua City.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, offering delegates a unique and authentic experience of this country’s treasures and stories.

Over five foors, delegates can explore the nation’s nature, art, history, and heritage – from the shaping of its land to the spirit of its diverse peoples, from its unique wildlife to its distinctive art and visual culture.

Te Papa is a landmark building on Wellington’s waterfront. Its positioning reflects the vision that the Museum should be part of the living city, an active member of the wider community. Its design also embodies key ideas about national identity.

Walkways

There are six major walkways in the Wellington region. The tracks take in scenic views of the city and coast and cover a wide range of landscapes. Delegates can hike through the changing forests of the city’s town belt, windswept farmland on the coast of Makara, or through Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

Otari-Wilton’s Bush

Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton’s Bush Reserve is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. It is classified as a Garden of National Signifcance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.

This unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve consists of 100 hectares of native forest, and five hectares of plant collections. Some of Wellington’s oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.

Parks and Recreation

Scenic reserves, forest parks, wildlife centres, wetlands and islands near Wellington city incorporate a range of natural, historic, scientifc, and recreational values, highlighting the region’s diverse landscape.

Our forest parks offer back country experiences close to urban areas, while wildlife habitats, like Kapiti and Mana Islands and the National Wildlife Centre at Pukaha Mount Bruce, showcase New Zealand's indigenous species.