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Wellington City Itinerary

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The neatest things to see, eat, and do.

New Zealand’s Top Bakeries to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Worker behind cabinet serving almond croissant onto plate using tongs.

Carb lovers rejoice, we’ve scoured the country for the best baked goods establishments aka bakeries! No sourdough loaf, flaky almond croissant or pillowy brioche doughnut has been left unturned in this quest.

Follow the Crumbs ... 9 NZ Pâtisseries Worth Knowing

Pembroke Patisserie's cabinet filled with yummy treats

Walking into a pâtisserie is an experience that can overwhelm your senses - in the best way possible.

Recline and Unwind: NZ's Independent Cinema Experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.

Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

Best Urban Wine Experiences in New Zealand

Glasses and a bottle of wine sitting on a table in the outdoor seating area of Puffin Wine Bar in Wellington.

All around New Zealand, we are blessed with incredible wine experiences right in our own urban backyard. No matter your vino preference from a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a Central Otago Pinot Noir or perhaps an interesting blend from a far away European vineyard, you don’t have to travel far to sample and enjoy a glass or two (responsibly of course!).

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El Culo Del Mundo

Red and orange plates of food with cocktails.
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El Culo del Mundo is a laid-back bar and eatery that is reminiscent of those traveller-favourite hole-in-the-wall restaurants throughout Latin America.

The Ascot

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Hotdogs and wine might seem like an unlikely combination, but at The Ascot, no one’s going to judge you holding a glass of wine in one hand and a saucy dog in the other.

Golding's Free Dive Bar

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The ideal no-nonsense neighbourhood bar.

Moon 1

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True to name, things gets pretty cosmic inside Moon 1.

Crumpet

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Crumpet on Manners Street is a quaint café / bar and quite possibly Wellington’s best kept secret.

Monkfish

Strongwater fridge filled with chilled drinks at Monkfish.
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A cosy refillery and off-licence that’s strictly about good vibes, Monkfish is your Vivian Street stop for your beer, wine, and spirits needs.

Rogue & Vagabond

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A great spot for meeting friends, socialising or just watching the Wellington crowd do their thing.

Little Beer Quarter

Yellow exterior of Little Beer Quarter.
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With 12 craft beers on tap and over 100 bottles of beer from New Zealand and around the globe this inner-city pub truly is a gem.

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Mason

A plant and table and chairs.
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A sign above the jet black entrance at Mason invites you to come as you are, and it's a tempting proposal.

Burger Liquor

The entrance to Burger Liquor.
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Here, the burgers are fist-sized and delicious.

Kisa

Inside Kisa Restaurant Wellington.
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Middle Eastern dining revolves around sharing - of food, conversation, and good times.

Press Hall

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Press Hall is proof there’s a new age of food court style eateries in town.