12 Hours Wellington

People walking down Hannahs Laneway.

Wellington is well-known for its quirky, colourful streets, its love of fashion and events, and its bustling hospitality scene. Here's how to spend 12 hours in the capital city. 

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 of students, workers, tourists, and creatives.

Morning

Fix and Fogg

5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Start the day the right way with a simple but perfectly executed PBJ. Yes, that's peanut butter on toast but not as you know it. Fix and Fogg - the small-batch artisan peanut butter producers - have neatly set up a hole-in-wall arrangement on Eva Street. With no big signage, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for the magic little window. Once here, you can sample the delights of the award-winning nut butter in various guises - think porridge, toasties and smoothies. Filter coffee by fellow locals, Supreme, is served generously. 

GOOD BOOKS

2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Down the side of an industrial building on Jessie Street, a warm glow emanates from a glass shopfront. It’s a tempting little rabbit hole, one that leads you to a wonderland of carefully curated books. GOOD BOOKS is a fiercely independent bookshop that exudes Wellington vibes through and through. The brainchild of local authors Jane Arthur and Catherine Robertson, it’s truly a store created for bibliophiles, by bibliophiles. Spend a while browsing and skimming the extensive range of books and don't be surprised if you walk away with a few. 

Shopping on Ghuznee Street

Ghuznee Street, Wellington

Expect a slightly heavier bag courtesy of the many goodies found on Ghuznee Street. Now is the time for shopping the garments at Caughley and Kau Kau. Caughley is a carefully curated edit of luxury international brands and emerging New Zealand designers. Kaukau are the purveyors of local and international homewares, jewellery and fashion. A coffee pit stop comes courtesy of nearby Milk Crate or Customs (just a couple of the cities best cafes next to each other.) Perfect. 

Hannahs Laneway

5 Eva Street, Te Aro, Wellington

End the morning 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 small artisan food producers. Check out and sample goods from Wellington Chocolate Factory, the Fix & Fogg window for small-batch produced peanut butter, and Leeds Street Bakery for beautiful bread.

Afternoon

Highwater Eatery

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54 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

For a lunch with laid back charm stop in at Highwater Eatery. Interesting fact: the restaurant sits right where the water level used to be on Cuba Street in the early days. No longer underwater, this eatery and wine bar combines its efforts of sustainability with celebrating the good times - meaning you can eat and drink and have a great time with the knowledge that you’re supporting the use of local produce, ethically raised meat and an organically focussed wine list. Win win. 

Stroll iconic Cuba Street

Cuba Street, Wellington

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic streets in New Zealand. Cuba Street has a palpable energy. The heartbeat of the city if you will. Visit the likes of Wellington Apothecary, Iko Iko, Duck Island Ice Cream while you take a stroll around. Take a turn down Left Bank Lane and check out Enjoy Gallery and Pegasus Books (if one book shop isn't enough for you today).  

Little Beer Quarter

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6 Edward Street, Te Aro, Wellington

By now, you’re likely feeling a little parched. Welly will do that to you. Take a late afternoon saunter along to Little Beer Quarter. Choose from a fine selection of 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. 

City Gallery

Wellington, Wellington

Following that libation, why not head to the capital’s waterfront and check out Wellington’s excellent City Gallery. Established in 1980, it’s the country’s most significant non-collecting gallery and features an ever-changing line up of exhibitions of contemporary art.

Evening

Scopa Pizzeria

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141 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington

In a town mad about hospitality, Wellington makes it pretty damn difficult to decide where to head for dinner. We’ll make it easy for you. Go to Scopa situated in the heart of Cuba Street. Hailed as the original pizzeria, Scopa will deliver the goods. Whether you’re in need of hearty food or a spot to impress, here you can satisfy your cravings and crushes alike.  Settle in and soak up the hustle and bustle of the most diverse street in Wellington.

Puffin

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60 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Puffin is an extravagant speak-easy style wine bar and the perfect setting to converse about the days’ adventures with your favourite people. Slip into a plush velvet booth and while the rest of the night away over a selection of natural and organic vino (or a classic cocktail or beer if you so wish). Oh – and say hi to that cheeky taxidermy peacock for us.