Best Free Things to Do in Wellington

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Wellington

Best Free Things to Do in Wellington

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  • JaneMLondon
    London131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a fabulous museum. Great building, lovely location, engaging exhibits...and so much is free! As foreigners, we focussed on things which helped us understand NZ's history and geology. We spent all day. We left time for the Gallipoli exhibition at the end and we are glad we did that last as it is so sobering, particularly as we were close to Anzac Day. It's a brilliant exhibition (and we built on it by visiting the Price of Freedom Museum at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds at Bay of Islands, also recommended). Only quibble is that there wasn't a specific area to eat in if you had brought your own food.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • b_long176
    Sydney, Australia1,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're going to do a lookout in Wellington, this is the one to do. Views over the harbour, the city, and across to the airport, make it worth the walk, ride or drive up there. Lots of photos to take!
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • b_long176
    Sydney, Australia1,104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Being at the top & sides of a hill, this botanic garden was different to most that we've been to, which were mostly on flattish areas. In the Wellington Botanic Garden, be prepared to walk up hills, down hills and around hills.

    Lovely scenic views to the city, and to the surrounding suburbia, also on hills, and then you got the vistas in the gardens themselves. Lots of nooks and crannies, and hidden areas and paths to explore the plants and trees. There's some random artwork scattered amongst the top paths to find as well.

    Spend a few hours getting lost and hot and tired, because its always good to get out into nature.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The organist was practicing while we were there, poor acoustics surprisingly. Very nice interior and the story is meaningful. Wouldn't make this a destination but part of walking around that end of the district. Too bad the library is closed and you need reservations at the Beehive.
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • b_long176
    Sydney, Australia1,104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This review was just a quick visit to the exterior of the buildings, in particular the "Beehive". As an architect it was interesting to see such a different formed building, next door to the traditional parliament building typology. The precinct around it included a nice park and the cenotaph, and there is a playground for the kids as well. Worth a visit, just to walk around. We may try an inside tour next time we visit.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • GCKJA
    Nebraska621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oriental Bay is a lovely spot to grab a snack and take a walk. It was clean and quiet the evening we were there. Several shops and cafes in the area offer great service.
    It was nice to just take a break during the day.
    Written 23 March 2024
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  • Sandy H
    Gold Coast, Australia236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably the best Museum I have visited. Fortunate enough to be here whilst the Gallopoli display it on… words can’t describe how amazing and outstanding the display is. Loved it so much I’m going back again tomorrow.

    Other exhibits were also interesting and lots of interactive display to keep children busy. I never knew a Kiwi bird doesn’t have wings..!! Never too old to expand one’s knowledge :)

    It’s definitely a must visit if in Wellington
    Written 4 May 2024
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  • Christopher G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand was an absolute delight! From the moment I stepped onto the grounds, I was greeted with stunning architecture and beautifully manicured gardens. The guided tour provided fascinating insights into the country's history and governance, and I was impressed by the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. Exploring the elegant rooms and learning about the important role the Government House plays in New Zealand's democratic process was both educational and inspiring. The grounds were simply breathtaking, making it a truly memorable experience. I highly recommend a visit to anyone interested in history, politics, or simply appreciating the beauty of New Zealand's capital city. If you get the opportunity to tour you should definitely do it!
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • natclay
    Quinns Rocks, Australia206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thoroughly enjoyed our drive to this remote lighthouse. The scenery is beautiful and the drive itself is part of the adventure. The fur seals are an added delight, lying in the sun so close to the road. The climb up the steps to the lighthouse at the top of the hill is hard going but worth it for the view. A fantastic way to spend a couple of hours.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cuba Street, part of which is a pedestrian mall, is a historic part of Wellington with many beautiful old buildings and an eclectic mix of traders, cafes, pubs & restaurants.

    Good just to wander up & down window shopping and people watching.
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A poignant site for remembering World War I. We took an Uber from the CBD. It is a short 10 minute drive. The main building is not open due to renovations. You can see the memorial contributions of several countries. Doesn't take more than 10 minutes but well – worth seeing. Check out my reviews of other tourist sites in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Brisbane. Feel free to give me a like if you like this review. There is a Salvation Army thrift store across the street if you are interested.
    Written 8 January 2024
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  • john e
    Cork, Ireland6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbed from johnsonville side through the park and up the steps this time, I've been climbing Kaukau since I first visited Aotearoa in 2007, I love it, such a view from summit and it has mana as the maori claim. there's a great feeling in the hills there, the tracks, the gullys. I've climbed Kaukau in every weather and just love the place. I've often gone from jville over summit down to kandallah and back. it's a lovely walk. enjoy
    Written 29 November 2022
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  • Jean1963
    Plainfield, IL18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to visit and take a walk among native NZ plants. There is a boardwalk where you look down on the forest fern trees!
    Written 29 April 2023
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  • Bety24
    Auckland, New Zealand78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice walk through the valley and the rock formations are really beautiful. Be aware that way there is just up, and walk through the “river” basin could be chalenging for someone. Lookout is really steep hill so be prepared for little hiking.
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,618 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took the 915 ferry over with the intention of staying until 1215. Although I loved the island and the walks, the timings given are huge over estimates unless you are a very slow walker! So I had covered everything I wanted to by 11am so went back on the 1115 ferry.

    If you take a picnic, I think 2.5 hours is a good time. If you are just walking then 1.5 hours is enough.

    Lovely views and interesting history.

    An enjoyable trip from Wellington.
    Written 3 February 2024
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