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 North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbor 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 exotic places you will love to visit in Wellington.
1. Hannahs Laneway
Hannahs Laneway is the most popular name when we talk of good food and wine. This lane is also known as salted caramel heaven, as it is home to Leeds Street Bakery’s salted caramel cookies and Wellington Chocolate Factory’s salted caramel brittle. You can peek through the New Zealand’s first public bean to bar factory, and you can buy delectable peanut butter out a factory window from Fix and Fogg, or you can taste artisan sodas at Six Barrel Soda, or stop for a drink break at one of the most colourful craft beer bars in this town of Wellington.
2. The Little Waffle Shop
Do you love munching waffles then drop in to the Little Waffle Shop. When you enter the world of waffles try picking up a freshly made hot waffle covered in scrumptious toppings like Lemon Meringue Pie and Caramel Cookie Crumble. Or you can ask for the menu and choose the toppings from the list. Not to forget if you visit them on Wednesday you can pick up the Waffle of the Week for only $5. Otherwise also the waffles cost you only $7. You can join them at Facebook or Instagram and say Yum Yum.
3. Fine Cocktail Bars
If you are looking for drinks then Wellington is your right place to be. The city has famous and finest bars like the Havana which is the award winning cocktail bar restaurant serving a diverse range of Spanish inspired tapas and seasonal plates. The bar supports local and international musicians and DJ’s three nights a week for your listening pleasure. Also there is one C G R Merchant & Co where you will love the creativity in cocktails.
Then there is Motel bar which is unique island oasis lounge bar & nightclub, also find Hawthorn Lounge bar, The Library bar, The Black Sparrow bar where you can have sophisticated flavours flow through the drink and light dining menus. The Black Sparrow is a place for women and gentlemen to enjoy all things aged, twisted and beautiful.
Another famous one is Alice Bar and Fox glove where you’ll be rewarded with some of Wellington’s finest cocktails.
4. Writers Walk
Writers Walk is a famous place in Wellington. You can walk around the waterfront and follow the trail of sculptural poetry. See if you can find all 19 poetic sculptures, each of which contains 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. Say Cheese
One of the most exotic places to seek is to visit the artistic cheese shops in Wellington. The creativity in cheese making that too hand made cheese is what they are special for.
One of the popular name you can find is C’est Cheese in Wairarapa . Here you can taste and indulge in an impressive selection of unique New Zealnd cheeses including locally made award winning Kingsmeade and Cwmglyn cheeses.
There is also a comprehensive and gorgeous range of cured meats, olive oil, chutneys, relishes, breads and more. Set in a stylish shop this is the place to come to find a perfect range for a perfect platter, hamper or any high quality produced foodie items with a focus on local and craft made. What more can you get at $5, the the halloumi sandwiches from boutique cheese makers Zany Zeus in Hutt Valley which you will always cherish.
6. Seal Coast Safari
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 exclusively to private farmland and the chance to encounter New Zealand fur seals up close and personal. While you enjoy watching seals sun bathing and giving their selfies, you can also enjoy the best cup of coffee and gourmet muffin with the seals, whilst taking in the true beauty of Wellington.
7. Zealandia Sanctuary
Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected natural area in Wellington. You can visit this place in just a ten minute drive from the city. Spread in 225ha this eco sanctuary is home to some of New Zealand’s most precious creatures. See some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment, including hihi, tuatara, saddleback, kākā and at night little spotted kiwi.
8. Dive and Splash the Water
If you are at Wellington in summers then water is what you need to play with. The waterfront has a wooden dive plank and a jumping platform, which prove hugely popular in the summer.
The Taranaki Street Wharf jump platform, in Wellington Harbour, has witnessed some of the city’s daredevil bomb divers.
Such water diving platforms provide so much enjoyment for locals and tourists alike and are a real buzz to the waterfront area. The Authorities do keep a check on the sanitation and cleanliness of water so no worries just enjoy.