As ever with traveling, I always end up staying for longer then originally planned – Wellington was only ever going to be a long weekend to catch up with a couple of friends… six weeks later I have a job and my own room to rent until January, so for a wee while, I feel pretty settled.
Around working at WOW and at my lovely new job, i’ve tried to be a good tourist and make the most of living in the the capital city. However the thing I love most about this place is the small town, friendly vibe, being far more welcoming then any other city i’ve lived in. If you’re around for a few days, i’ve pulled a list together of things you should probably do;
-Drink a flat white, or two – I had my coffee of choice a couple years ago while visiting New Zealand the first time and have been hooked ever since. The best/cheapest in the city is probably from Raglan Roast, who have three stores, one on the waterfront, and two in the central city near the university.
-The weekend markets are great too, shop like the locals and pick up your fresh fruit & veg from the Harbourside or Willis Street market on a sunday morning, with the produce at a steal of a price compared to the supermarkets. Or if you’re looking for keepsakes, pay a visit to the underground market at the waterfront on a Saturday, where you can pick up anything from hand crafted jewellery to vintage maps.
-On a clear afternoon, go for a wander up Mount Vic, which is only about 30 minutes from the city centre, but has glorious views all the way across the harbour and even down to south island. Or wander up to the Botanical Garden, here you’ll feel a million miles away from city life.
-Spend an afternoon on Cuba street, for the amazing range of independent stores, opp shops, cafés and bars. It has such a cool vibe, oozing creativity with plenty of street art to spot and even a giant umbrella if you’re caught in a downpour.
-Very few capital cities can boast their own local surf spots, but Wellington can – A short drive or bus trip away you’ll reach Lyall Bay. If you fancy a surf, there is a beach break if the conditions are right (right next to the airport runway!) Or if you’d rather stay dry, head to Maranui Cafe, to enjoy the panoramic views across the beach.