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In this article I’m going to share our experiences of this our Capital city and a few of my favourite places. Enjoy.
My Top 5 Family Activities in Wellington
New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa is undoubtedly the must-see of Wellington. With a wide range of interactive and engaging permanent exhibits including the educational Earthquake House, giving a true like experience of what it is like to experience an earthquake. It’s worthwhile checking out their website before you go to see if there are any special events on. With no general entry cost to the museum, it’s an affordable way to spend the afternoon – and trust me, the kids will love it!
Like many New Zealand cities, Wellington has some great public parks – brilliant to let the kids let of some steam; my particular favourite is the Botanic Gardens with amazing views over the city and beyond. Don’t just be satisfied with a walk through the gardens though, you and the kids will love a trip up on the Cable Car. At only $15.00 for a return trip for the family it’s good value, although I enjoy a one way trip up and a fun downhill walk back to Lambton Quay.
Rather than coming straight back down from the top of the cable car, you can make a day of it by visiting the Carter Observatory. Space is one of those subjects that kids just can’t get enough of...and unlike many activities, it’s an interesting alternative for mum and dad too! Having recently been through a refurbishment, the observatory offers interactive displays and a digital planetarium experience that will truly blow you away.
All too often we think of wildlife experiences as only being zoos and wildlife parks boasting the internationally renowned big species. Zealandia offers a chance to experience natives New Zealand forest and endemic bird and reptile species including the Kiwi, Kaka, Tuatara & NZ Falcon amongst others. It’s certainly not a cheap day out – but is a great way to introduce the family to natural New Zealand.
Spend a day with the animals at Wellington Zoo. See everything from our native kiwi and kea to the kangaroos that live across the ditch, unique only to the zoo the Malayan sun bear and to those that dwell further away like the African wild dog, giraffes and lions. Get up close and personal with the red pandas or sit in for a talk from the zoo keepers.
Apartment style Wellington accommodation perfect for families
If you’re travelling with a family, hotels can be an expensive option and often meaning splitting the family up, not to forget the hassle of finding somewhere to eat. We’ve got three really good options for multi-room apartments that have full kitchen facilities, a lounge area and in-room laundry facilities. All things that are a god send when travelling with the family, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate.
Boulcott Suites – Centrally located in Wellington, this new complex features spacious beautifully designed, fully equipped en suite apartments with up to four bedrooms – a five star experience perfect for families.
Stratford on Willis - Again, centrally located this boutique style apartment hotel in Wellington’s trendy Willis Street located within a five minute walk to the heart of Wellington’s centre.
Unique to NZ these apartments are like a home away from home. Choose from 40 properties throughout NZ. Need your own full kitchen to self cater? An in room laundry? 1, 2 or 3 bedroom options. Perfect for self drive families, friends and couples.