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Wellington City has a great deal to offer its eager visitors. From the spectacular Te Papa Museum and the Beehive building, to the unique collection of Op Shops and iconic cable car, there is not a doubt in my mind that you're trip to the capital will be full of excitement. Though the rumours about its windy weather and hilly landscape are mostly true, it seems to simply add to the quirkiness of the City that tourists and residents have come to love.
My Top 5 Activities For the Young at Heart in Wellington
1. Visit Parliament
Being the Capital City, Wellington is the centre for all things political, and this brings interest to many tourists visiting the area. The Parliament's Visitor Centre holds free daily hour long tours around parts of he Parliamentary buildings. These tours prove to be very engaging as the guides teach you about NZ's parliamentary processes and show you around the unique buildings. Parliament holds a great significance in Wellington so it's worth exploring while you're there.
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the countries national museum and is an absolute must-see when in Wellington. The museum provides an exciting variety of national and international exhibitions which explore numerous historical and cultural stories.
Daily guided tours are recommended if you have not been before to ensure you get the most out of your visit - I recommend joining the 60 minute introductory tour when you arrive. The general entry is free, but some exhibitions within the museum cost - either way, I assure you it will be time and money well spent.
An iconic tourist attraction, a trip on the cable car is an entertaining experience and a great way to enjoy the views without having to tackle the hills on foot. The short ride runs from Lambton Quay through to a lookout, where a planetarium and the Cable Car Museum is located. You then have the option to take the car back or walk back down through the gardens. There is also a 2 hour tour you can join for $29 each, which includes a return trip on the cable car with stops including Museum of Wellington and the Cable Car Museum.
Get amongst New Zealand's very own Hollywood scene with a visit to the Weta Cave, where you will be given an insight into how Peter Jackson and his fellow co-founders started Weta. Explore the museum to learn about the inspiration behind the Wellington-based films and view a screening which includes interviews with the co-founders. And it's all free!
Art is a significant element of Wellington culture and the innovative City Gallery really reflects this. There is an array of art collections and exhibitions for visitors to see and a popular cafe to stop in at. Again, entry is free, and the gallery is conveniently located in the heart of the city so why not pop in while your in town for the day. Check their website for a list of their exhibitions and events before you go to see if something tickles your fancy.
Luxury Motel Style Wellington Accommodation Perfect For The Young at Heart
Coming back to a luxury motel is just what you will need after your busy day in the city. The perfect balance between comfort and sophistication, our motels are the ideal accommodation for the young at heart travellers.
Boulcott Lodge - 15 minutes out of the city, this luxury motel is far enough out of the city to feel as though you are in peace, but not too far to be inconvenient. Having only opened in 2009, the 5 star lodge is equipped with modern facilities and furnishings.
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