Guide12 Hours Wellington
The proud capital of New Zealand, Wellington is well-known for its quirky, colourful streets, its love of fashion and events, and its bustling hospitality scene.
The neatest things to see, eat and do.
From the harbourside markets to cosy eateries and hole-in-the-wall bars, this city encompasses the melting pot that is students, workers, tourists and creatives.
14 Jessie Street, Te Aro
Start the day the right way with excellent coffee and simple but perfectly executed food at popular brunch spot, Prefab. There’s a reason this place is constantly ‘heaving’; the service is efficient and the food is fast, fresh and delicious. Simply put, this place is outstanding and looks set to become a longstanding Wellington favourite.
Corner of Tory Street and, College Street, Te Aro
Head just around the corner onto Tory Street and pay a visit to Moore Wilson’s, Wellington’s ultimate supermarket. Visiting a supermarket might seem like the last thing you want to do on an outing, but with a huge selection of artisan and specialty products, Moore Wilson’s is the perfect spot to stock up on supplies.
Nikau Gallery Cafe
Wellington City Art Gallery Civic Square 101 Wakefield Street, Te Aro
Nikau is far from your boring, bog-standard museum café.
5 Eva Street, Te Aro
Continue the afternoon in Wellington’s coolest precinct, the Hannah Factory Laneway just off Dixon Street. There’s been a rejuvenation of this once forgotten part of town thanks to the arrival of a number of small artisan food producers. Check out and sample goods from Wellington Chocolate Factory, Six Barrel Soda for artisan soda syrups, the Fix & Fogg window for small-batch produced peanut butter, and Leeds Street Bakery for beautiful bread.
Twenty Seven Names
152 Vivian Street, Te Aro
Why stop your afternoon there when located a block or two away is Twenty Seven Names, a boutique designer fashion store from local designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart. The minimalist space allows for complete devotion of focus to the beautiful, quality garments.
Customs by Coffee Supreme
39 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro
After some serious artisan sampling a caffeine kick is required, and where better then Wellington’s coffee precinct on Ghuznee Street. Supreme Coffee’s café Customs is the coolest spot to enjoy some seriously great filter and espresso coffee, matched with a trendy Little Dough Co. doughnut.
Egmont Street Eatery
11 Egmont Street, Te Aro
Serving all three courses, in the sleekest of fit-outs, Egmont Street Eatery is a cool and classic way to dine in the capital. This restaurant combines seasonal ingredients and experimentative cooking techniques to provide a modern spin on classic dishes. The menu changes on a weekly basis showcasing what's in season.
Golding's Free Dive Bar
14 Leeds Street, Te Aro
In true Wellington style, it’s time to head to a craft beer bar, and Golding’s Free Dive located in the Hannah’s Laneway is the spot. This eccentric bar is a great hideaway and place to experience some of the best beers from this craft beer capital.
82 Tory Street, Te Aro
If there’s a hankering for a cocktail to finish the evening Hawthorn Lounge is the place to go. Harking back to the elegant decadence of the 1920s, the lounge itself is set in rich red velvet and well-suited to all showings of Wellington’s inclement weather, with low hanging lamps casting a welcome light over baize-topped tables and a stacked slate-stone fireplace that crackles in cooler weather.