10 Things to do/like in Wellington
suggest some highlights, which doesn't cover everything, so we've expanded/amended the selection:
- Te Papa The national museum has become Wellington's premier attraction, with intriguing displays of pre-European Maori culture, and some of the country's finest art.
- Oriental Parade and Mount Victoria No visit to Wellington is complete without an ice-cream promenade taking in Oriental Parade and the panoramic views from Mount Victoria. The waterfront between the conference venue and Oriental Parade is just as good - look out for the poetry, sculptures and bars & restaurants. We will have an informal gathering at St John's Bar along the waterfront on Sunday 6pm+ for early visitors.
- Cuba Street People-watching and window shopping along Wellington's "alternative" street gives a taste of the city's divergent lifestyles.
- The Botanic Gardens Take the cable car up and stroll back down for great views, beautiful roses and the lovely Begonia House.
- The Parliamentary District Visit the country's seat of power and associated national institutions, including a chance to see the original Treaty of Waitangi. Note the conference is in the middle of this district and there's no chance of missing the Beehive!
- Zealandia Native birds once again flock around suburban Wellington, aided by the predator-free environment and regenerating native bush at this superb wildlife sanctuary. For the budget conscious there is Otari-Wilton's Bush, which is great for tramping in.
- Matiu/Somes Island Cruise to this wildlife reserve and former quarantine station in the middle of Wellington Harbour.
- Kiwiana "quirky things that contribute to a sense of nationhood”. Whereas Te Papa may sum up the grand themes of New Zealand, the Museum of the City and Sea sums up the day-to-day of Kiwi'ness - it's free and close to the conference.
- Events Wellington is the cultural capital of New Zealand so has numerous small/medium/large theatres, venues, cinemas and public performance spaces to explore.
- ‘Theme’ song Wellington has a song written about it that sums it up neatly - I wish I was in Wellington. True, it does get Windy, but on a beautiful day it is an outstanding place to visit!
Other guides exist, e.g. Lonely Planet
, so please explore all that’s on offer.