1 Wellington Local Guide - The Setup on Manners
About Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city is nestled around the Wellington Harbour on the southern end of the North Island. Welly, as it’s affectionately known by local Wellingtonians has become a dream destination, “the coolest little city in the world.”

In Wellington, over 18,000 of the city's residents walk or jog to work. That's how most Wellingtonian moves around the city. Said to have more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington is also fuelled by some of the strongest coffee you'll ever find.

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Wellington highlights

We will help you start exploring Wellington. Take a look at our three days itinerary.

Day 1 itinerary

  • Great coffee is a Wellington speciality and a great way to start the day. There are cafes and roasteries dotted throughout the city. Grab a coffee and watch the world go by - the local speciality is a flat white.
  • A great place to start your trip is our innovative and interactive national museum, Te Papa, which tells stories of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural and social history. (8 minute walk from The Setup)
  • Go for a ride on the historic Wellington Cable Car up to the Wellington Botanic Garden. (14 minute walk from Te Papa). While you're up there, learn about our beautiful skies at Carter Observatory.
  • When the sun goes down, join a Zealandia By Night Tour and spot native wildlife like takahe, tuatara and kiwi. (16 minute bus ride from Cable Car Museum – 17, 18, 22, 23 bus).

Day 2 itinerary

  • Wander along Wellington's Wellington's waterfront. It's a beautifully walkable public space, dotted with cafes, parks, sculpture, bars and ice cream vendors.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the world's most spectacular movies at The Weta Cave mini-museum in Miramar. (33 minute bus ride from The Setup – 2, 31 bus).
  • Take a short drive to the top of Mount Victoria for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and harbour and great photo opportunities. (6 minute bus ride from The Setup – 2, 5 bus)
  • Wellington's also known as the craft beer capital so be sure to check out our bars and nightclubs after dinner.

Day 3 itinerary

  • Take a tour of Parliament and it's iconic Beehive building. The tours are free and run on the hour. (20 minute stroll down Lambton Quay from The Setup).
  • Head to the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, ranked as one of the 50 Best Museums in the World by The Times of London, and take a journey through Wellington's past, present and future. (12 minute walk from Parliament).
  • Cruise down Cuba Street. Home to hipsters, artists and lovers of vintage, it's a bohemian haven with some of the city’s most colourful shops, bars and cafes. (14 minute walk).
  • Check out the wildlife at Wellington Zoo and get up close to everything from meerkats to a giraffe. Pre booking Encounters a must. (20 minute bus ride from The Setup – 10, 23 bus).