Best Wellington Hidden Gem Attractions

THE 10 BEST Hidden Gem Attractions in Wellington

Best Wellington Hidden Gem Attractions

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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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  • 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
    Te Kuiti, 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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  • onitada
    Wellington, New Zealand240 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well, yes a beach in winter, still holds the thrill of a swim if you want! Without the mass summer holiday crowds the beach is quite peaceful, so much so that the birds appear in numbers. There a lot of Fantails darting around, Shags bobbing up and down, catching fish near the beach and a Kingfisher, no less!

    There are plenty of car parks available, the toilets are clean, and of the old late last century type, I guess.

    The Scorcho Rama Cafe is still open for business if you fancy food or a coffee. If you want you can take a walk-up Fortification Road Steps, once achieved, offering vistas. If you arrive at the right time of the year and hour of the day, you can watch the cruise ships pass by, although the ever-present Cook Strait ferries are always evident.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • wombatdavid
    Hobart, Australia2,620 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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  • GGinn2024
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hadn't planned on visiting but as we had a day spare and the weather was nice so we went. We are so glad we did. You have to park about 45 mins walk away but it is an amazing walk around the coast so take your time to take it all in. We didn't know what to expect but after seeing a few sunbathing seals you walk over the ridge and then can see so many you don't know where to look. They are so close you can see their chilled, sleepy faces. Please do not walk towards them or walk over the rocks as it scares them (as one man did). Some great scenery and time for family chats xxx
    Written 13 February 2024
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  • Jamuel E
    Wellington, New Zealand218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This an amazing hidden gem. And it shouldn’t be so hidden it feels tucked away in a corner. That would be my only downside.

    This is not a very big flashy exhibit but rather it is more an important one for anyone to visit to learn about one of NZ’s most important events in its history hence the 5 star review. It’s amazing to have these documents in wellington to look at and they have done well to tell the story and history around it. Can’t wait to be back to spend more time here.
    Written 8 November 2018
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  • Dale K
    Sydney, Australia56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small museum locate at the entrance to the Reserve Bank building. Entry is free and there is a good display of the history of currency. They even give you a bag of $1300 though it is shredded. A good experience and worth a visit.
    Written 16 May 2019
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  • Astrid
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great eacaperoom experience, one of the best rooms i have tried! The room was beautifully decorated, truly an immersive experience. We did the Temple room, it was ranked a 7/10, which felt accurate. Some straight forward and some more tricky puzzles, but nothing far fetched or impossible. A great choice for a rainy or windy day in Wellington!
    Written 21 March 2023
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  • JoAnne
    Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’ve been going to Zamm for several years now, and she never fails to provide me with the insights and direction I’m seeking. You just know she’s onto it and “gets it”. She’s kind, empathetic and constructive, and her advice also always comes from a place of personal and spiritual improvement and development, which is so important when facing life’s ongoing challenges. Highly recommended - she’s always on the nose and delivered!
    Written 3 August 2023
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  • fionahenrisson
    Sydney, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very informative demonstration of the distillation of perfumes at Fragrifert Perfumery, showing how the fragrances were created from start to point of sale. We were able to browse and smell the wonderful aromas of the fragrances. Needless to say both my husband and myself were delighted with our purchases.
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • Dianne C
    Waikanae, New Zealand437 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is absolutely nothing at street level to let you know that Hawthorn Lounge is one storey up above your head. But here you are, so open the door. Inside you are faced with steep, dirty stairs. Up. On the landing, more of the steep dirty stairs to the left,and something that looks a bit cleaner and brighter ahead. Ignore clean and bright. Go left. Nearly there. Pause. Read the house rules notice - it gives you a sense of how you are expected to behave in this establishment. Inside is a long bar with a wall of bottles and two rather debonair-looking chaps making drinks, stuffed sofas, a few tables, low lighting, soft jazz. It’s a cocktail bar. Or champagne. There is a small menu of their house specialty cocktails, but you could undoubtedly get anything you wanted. We chose one of the house specials. $25. LOTS of alcohol topped with warm cream and probably whisked egg white, which made it a bit fluffy. The charming waitress repeatedly filled our water glasses so we didn’t get plastered. Open until 3am. I am told (not by them) that when the place is full, they close the street level door to save folk the slog up the stairs only to find there are no seats available. Delighted to find Wellington has such a place. A treat.
    Written 4 September 2023
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  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We popped into Golding’s yesterday afternoon for a drink and enjoyed a fine Hawkes Bay Syrah or two.

    You have to know it there, or just stumble across it by luck - it’s not quite a ‘secret entrance’ but almost.

    The delightfully bizarre interior, whilst quite small, will keep you entertained for you entire visit. I won’t say more, experience it for yourself!
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • Julian
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great bar with a huge rage of flavoured spirits. Had the lemongrass and ginger gin and the pink watermelon gin. really tasty although I would probably preferr d with a good quality mixer (where is Fever Tree in NZ except for a he bar next door!)
    Written 15 January 2019
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