The 8 Exotic Places to Eat, Explore and Enjoy in Wellington

Wellington
Wellington NZ

In the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is the place where you will love to enjoy the true spirit of travel. 

The city sits near the southernmost point of North Island on the Cook Strait. It encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour, and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills.

You will love to explore the tasty holes along the walkways to the diving platforms off the scenic waterfront. Here are the 8 most exotic places you will love to visit in Wellington.

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8 Places to Eat And Explore In Wellington

1. Hannahs Laneway

Hannahs Laneway - 8 exotic places to eat explore and enjoy in wellington
Hannahs Laneway

Hannahs Laneway is located at unit 6G/14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. It is a popular pedestrian laneway in Wellington, New Zealand, known for its trendy cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops.

I couldn’t find opening hours or contact details for the entire Hannahs Laneway. But here, I have mentioned some popular places in that lane.

Shelly Bay Baker

  • Address: Unit 6G/14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:15 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Contact Details:
    • Phone: +64 800 427 323
    • Website: Shelly Bay Baker
  • What’s in There: A bakery offering a range of baked goods and breakfast items.

Havana Bar

  • Address: 32a/34 Wigan Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Opening Hours:
    • Monday & Sunday: Closed
    • Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Contact Details:
    • Phone: +64 4 384 7039
  • Rating: 4.5 stars on Google Maps (Google Maps)
  • What’s in There: Tapas, wine, and cocktails served in colourful, side-by-side cottages with a hip, throwback Latin vibe.

Pizza Pomodoro

  • Address: Unit 24, Ground Floor/13 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Opening Hours:
    • Monday and Sunday: Closed
    • Tuesday to Saturday: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Contact Details:
    • Phone: +64 4 381 2929
  • Rating: 4.8 stars on Google Maps
  • What’s in There: A pizza place known for its authentic Italian-style pizzas.

Shepherd Restaurant

  • Address: Not specified (Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand)
  • Opening Hours:
    • Wednesday to Saturday: 5:30 PM – Late
    • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Contact Details:
    • Email: info@shepherdrestaurant.co.nz
    • Phone: +64 4 385 7274
  • What’s in There: A restaurant offering a contemporary dining experience with a focus on local ingredients and creative dishes.

You can peek through New Zealand’s first public bean-to-bar factory and buy delectable peanut butter out of a factory window from Fix and Fogg. You can also taste artisan sodas at Six Barrel Soda or stop for a drink break at one of the most colourful craft beer bars in Wellington.

2. The Little Waffle Shop

The Little Waffle Shop
The Little Waffle Shop
  • Address – 53 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6012 New Zealand
  • Open – 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Rating – 4.2/5 Stars
  • Contact – manager@thelittlewaffleshop.com

Do you love munching waffles and then dropping into the Little Waffle Shop?

As the name suggests, the Little Waffle Shop is a place that offers delicious waffles to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You order from a window, walking up to place your request and then watching as your waffle is made right in front of you.

Visitors recommend trying the waffle covered in caramel sauce and Oreo bits.

This is not a place to hang out or sit down due to its small size, but the experience of watching your waffle being freshly cooked adds to its charm.

When you enter the world of waffles, try picking up a freshly made hot waffle covered in delicious toppings like Lemon Meringue Pie and Caramel Cookie Crumble.

You can also ask for the menu and choose the toppings from the list.

This is one of the Wellington Exotic places. Don’t forget, if you visit them on Wednesday, you can pick up the Waffle of the Week for only $5.

Otherwise, the waffles will only cost you $7. You can join them on Facebook or Instagram and say, Yum Yum.

3. 1154 Pastaria

1154 Pastaria
1154 Pastaria
  • Address – 132 Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Contact – info@1154.co.nz
  • Opening Hours – 11 am–3 pm, 4–10 pm
  • Phone: 04 213 9981

1154 Pastaria is a restaurant where fresh and house-made pasta dishes are found. It is basically dedicated to pasta but still has other things to allure visitors.

They are popular for making pasta from scratch. The price range is from $6 to $29. From penne pasta to spaghetti, you will get it all.

You can place orders via 1154.co.nz, ubereats.com, and doordash.com. The overall rating of 1154 Pastaria is 4.4/5 stars.

4. Writers Walk

Writers Walk
Writers Walk
  • Address – It does not have an official address, as it is integrated into the waterfront path. The walk stretches from Kumutoto Stream in the west to Oriental Bay in the east.
  • Opening Hours – 24/7
  • Contact Details – N/A

Writers Walk is a famous place in Wellington. You can walk around the waterfront and follow the trail of sculptural poetry.

If you are interested in art discovery and sculptures, Writers Walk can be your cup of tea. This will take you on a tour of arts and sculptures.

The Writers Walk is a free, self-guided public art trail along Wellington’s scenic waterfront. It features 23 quotes, poems, and phrases by prominent New Zealand writers with ties to the city.

It’s a pleasant walk along the waterfront, so comfortable shoes are recommended. The walk is not too long, so you can read the excerpts and enjoy the scenery.

Allow 30 minutes to an hour to appreciate it fully.

There’s no official brochure, but the Wellington Writers Walk website https://wellingtonwriterswalk.co.nz/ lists all the featured authors and their quotes.

See if you can find all 19 poetic sculptures, each containing a quotation about Wellington from a poem or piece of prose by one of the many talented writers who have made the city their home at some point in their lives.

5. The Jaya’s Wine Bar

The Jaya’s Wine Bar
The Jaya’s Wine Bar
  • Address – 8 Bond Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • Contact – 04 979 9125, thejayas.co.nz
  • Opening Hours – 9:30 am to 11:00 pm, Monday Closed
  • Rating – 4.8/5 stars

The Jaya’s Wine Bar has everything that seems interesting for Kiwis, so they can take some time and enjoy their life by having food and drinks.

Here, you can get everything from cocktails to great vegan dishes. They have a fine range of locally selected wines from the Wairarapa region.

You can have lunch, dinner, wine, and caravan wine and also demand a takeaway. Here, you can also enjoy a Wine Tour, for which you must make a reservation between 12 p.m. and late seven days a week.

When I read all the customer reviews, I found that customers loved the ambience, food, wine selection, and everything else there. All the reviews were positive, So I recommend you give it a try.

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6. Seal Coast Safari

Seal Coast Safari
Seal Coast Safari
  • Address – 145 Wakefield Street, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011
  • Contact – https://sealcoastsafari.nz/ and 021 377 165
  • Opening Hours – 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Rating – 4.6/5 stars

This company is the exclusive provider of Seal Coast Safaris in Wellington. They take you on a thrilling adventure through Wellington’s rugged south coast in a comfortable 4WD Mercedes van.

The tour’s star attraction is the opportunity to see a colony of fur seals up close in their natural habitat. You might also spot other wildlife on your safari, such as goats, red deer, and even ostriches!

You can book a tour from their official website for just $195 from New Zealand. Half-Day Tour: This standard tour option lasts approximately 3.5 hours.

It begins with a scenic drive to Brooklyn Hill, which provides breathtaking views of the city, Cook Strait, and the South Island.

Here’s a general range of prices advertised online, but confirmation is recommended by visiting their official website or booking platform:

  • Adult: $125 NZD to $174.90 NZD
  • Child: $62.50 NZD to $100.00 NZD

With incredible wildlife spread across New Zealand, you will love to go for a Seal Coast Safari along the wild south coast to Red Rocks to seek native fur seals basking in the sun. 

You can hire one of the tour services for this safari and get access to exclusive private farmland and the chance to encounter New Zealand fur seals up close and personally.

While you watch seals sunbathing and take selfies, you can also enjoy the best cup of coffee and gourmet muffin with the seals while taking in Wellington’s true beauty.

7. Zealandia Sanctuary

Zealandia Sanctuary
Zealandia Sanctuary
  • Address – 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012
  • Contact – 04 920 9213 or visitors.centre@visitzealandia.com
  • Opening Hours – 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Rating – 4.7/5 stars

Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected natural area in Wellington, New Zealand.

It is the first urban, completely fenced eco-sanctuary dedicated to restoring the biodiversity of 225 hectares (just under a square mile) of the forest.

Here, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of nature and encounter over 40 rare native species.

Follow them on multiple social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, for exciting updates and insights into our conservation efforts.

Experience the enchantment of Zealandia by night with our guided tours, where you can search for thousands of glow worms and over 150 kiwis under the starlit sky.

Conveniently located, Zealandia is just a 15-20 minutes drive from Wellington International Airport, making it easily accessible for all nature enthusiasts.

8. Dive Wellington

Dive Wellington
Dive Wellington
  • Address – 432 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023
  • Contact – 04 939 3483 or dive@divewellington.co.nz
  • Opening Hours – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Rating – 4.7/5 stars

If you are in Wellington in summer, water is what you need to play with. The waterfront has a wooden dive plank and a jumping platform, which proved hugely popular in the summer.

Dive Wellington offers a one-stop shop for all your scuba diving, free diving, spearfishing, and technical diving needs.

Situated across the road from Taputeranga Marine Reserve and just a five-minute boat ride to the F69 Frigate Wellington, there’s no better way to enjoy Wellington’s underwater world.

They provide multiple dive courses, scuba gear, and spearfishing equipment. Head to the store section for related items like the Descent MK2, Hooded Towel, Maxlux S Mask, and Legend MBS Regulator.

Editor’s Verdict

Wellington, New Zealand, stands out as a city that seamlessly blends natural beauty with urban experiences.

From the vibrant Hannahs Laneway and delicious offerings at The Little Waffle Shop to the historic Writers Walk and the scenic Seal Coast Safari, there is something for everyone.

Dive into the waters with Dive Wellington or explore the rich biodiversity at Zealandia Sanctuary. With its diverse attractions, Wellington provides a well-rounded experience for all visitors.

About the author

Kamal Kaur

Kamal Kaur

Kamal Kaur has been an integral voice in the New Zealand gaming landscape for years.

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