Seats in the City - The Best Places to Take in the View in Pōneke

A view of Mt Victoria on a sunny day.

Appreciate the beauty of Wellington from the best angles by heading to these seats with a view in the capital.

Words by: John Son 

Photos by: Anna Briggs and WellingtonNZ (including hero image) 

From splendid coastlines to panoramic mountaintops and colourful streets bursting with life, you are never too far from a great view in Wellington. And to top it off, some of the city’s best views can be enjoyed from the comfort of a seat, whether it’s a park bench or a stool by a café window. Here are some of the best spots, indoors and out, where you can grab a seat and soak in the views.

Whitireia Park

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Whitireia Road, Tītahi Bay

If a sprawling, easily accessible park with stunning views is what you’re after, Whitireia Park is one of the best options not only in Porirua, but the wider Wellington region. There are plenty of different spots to explore, from the beautiful, expansive summit to the sheltered swimming beaches. And if you time your visit right, you’ll be treated to possibly the best sunset in the region.

Customs

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39 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro

Having long played second fiddle to Cuba Street, Ghuznee Street has emerged as one of the most popular hotspots in Te Aro, with places like Customs largely responsible for the street’s popularity. Not only is the café one of the best places in town to grab a coffee with a sandwich or donut, but it’s also a great spot from which to observe Wellington city life at its quintessential, quirky best. Grab a seat by the window and while the hours away, coffee in hand.

An outdoor bar overlooking a Wellington street below.

The Champagneria

8 Courtenay Place

Friday evenings were made for winding down on Courtenay Place, drink in hand and friends by your side. If you want a view to go with your beverages and banter, The Champagneria is a great choice - take your pick from a table on the parklet outside, close to all the action of Courtenay Place, or head to the rooftop where you can soak in the views from up above.

The blue painted exterior of the Scorch-O-Rama bar on a sunny day.

Scorch-O-Rama

497 Karaka Bay Road, Karaka Bays

For a brunch option away from the city centre, head along to Scorch-O-Rama for a hearty feast served with views of one of the most scenic beaches in Wellington. The cosy patio lets you admire Scorching Bay Beach in all its beauty while sheltering you from the elements, but for a real breath of fresh air, grab a table right by the beachside.

A person in a yellow jacket sitting on a bench looking at the sunset over the ocean.

Mount Kaukau

Woodmancote Road, Khandallah

One of Wellington’s most popular recreational spots, Mount Kaukau offers a great workout for people of all fitness levels, with the bonus of great views along the way. Choose from a range of walking tracks that begin in the Khandallah, Broadmeadows, and Johnsonville areas, and make your way along the Skyline Walkway to the summit, where you’ll find panoramic views of Wellington, the Hutt Valley, Porirua, and even the South Island.

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People dining by the water at Coene's in Wellington.

Coene's

103 Oriental Parade, Wellington

For a meal with a view in the heart of Wellington city, few come close to Coene’s. An open deck situated right on the water’s edge allows you to take in the sights and sounds of the Wellington harbour as you enjoy your breakfast, brunch, or lunch. With a dinner menu also available, it’s a great place to watch the sunset over the water with your last meal of the day.

A view of Mt Victoria on a sunny day.

Mount Victoria Lookout

Lookout Road, Mount Victoria

This one barely needs an introduction - Mount Victoria is the place you take out-of-towners to treat them to arguably the best view of the central city and beyond. Easily accessible by car, bike, or on foot, the summit presents a sprawling 360 degree view of Wellington’s eastern suburbs. There are benches available so you can rest your legs, or simply park yourself on a patch of grass to take in the view.

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A three generational family walking along the water's edge in Wellington.

Frank Kitts Park & the Wellington Waterfront

Jervois Quay, Wellington

With shimmering harbour views on one side and a lush green oasis on the other, the stretch of the Wellington waterfront by Frank Kitts Park is one of the best places to unwind and people-watch on a warm summer’s day. Grab a scoop of your favourite gelato from Kaffee Eis, sit back, and join the scores of Wellingtonians soaking in the sun by the water’s edge.

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Neat Wellington Places

Monkfish

Strongwater fridge filled with chilled drinks at Monkfish.
Place Wellington
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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.

Wellington Apothecary

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Place Wellington
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Find a complete range of botanical tonics, teas and skincare, all handmade in small batches at this local apothecary.

Bottega

New Italian deli food shop Bottega.
Place Wellington
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Authentic Italian delicatessen Bottega is borne from a desire to bring a taste of home to the neighbourly suburb of Berhampore,

1154

Waiter holds three dishes at 1154, Wellington.
Place Wellington Editor's Pick
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A pastaria with style in the heart of Cuba Street.