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    Culture and food capital of New Zealand

    Wellington has been named the culture and food capital of New Zealand with it being crammed with more bars, cafés and restaurants per capita than New York! It is also home to the wearable arts show and many amazing artists call Wellington home.

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    Attractions

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    Wellington Cable Car

    The Cable Cars run every 10 minutes between the Lambton Quay Terminus and the Kelburn Terminus at the top of the Botanic Gardens. It's a fun ride with a couple of tunnels and some lovely views. The view of Wellington from the top is beautiful. At the top there is a Cable Car Museum, public toilets, bus stop, Carter Observatory, a shuttle bus to Zealandia, and the start of the walking tracks through the Botanic Gardens. Children love this trip, particularly waving at the passengers in the other Cable Car as they pass each other at the mid-point of the track. It's around $3 or $4 each way.

    Mount Victoria Town Belt

    Covered in walking and mountain bike tracks - all throughout the trees. very close to the city. Great views from the top.

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    Miramar Pump and Mountain Bike Tracks

    Not a particularly easy place to find. Check out the map in the link. But it has a good pump bike track for kids and a few fun short mountain bike tracks for intermediate to advanced riders. Great views.

    Jo B

    The Botanic Garden is a great place to visit. There are several entrances that are easy to get to on foot or by bus from town. Or you can combine your visit with a trip up (and back down if you want) on the Wellington Cable Car on Lambton Quay. There is a Cable Car Museum at the top as well as a café and toilets. The Carter Observatory is also at the top of the Gardens. There are several walking paths that go down through the various gardens with plenty of maps around to show you where to go. There is a great playground and toilet facilities halfway down the hill. A nice sunny spot to eat lunch (on a good day). The café at the bottom by the Begonia House is pretty good. Not cheap, but fine if you are just grabbing a coffee. It's a great place for kids and dogs to run around. Lots to look at. The frog fountain is a firm favourite.

    Jo B

    Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

    Te Papa is well worth a visit, and it's free! It is a very interesting and well set out museum, housing many of our national treasures. They often have great visiting exhibitions as well. It is a great place to take children. On most levels there are dedicated interactive rooms for them to get involved in activities related to the various permanent exhibits. The blue whale heart they can climb inside is always a favourite. There is also an outside area with a swing bridge and a dinosaur bone pit which is a great place to eat your lunch. There are two cafes. The one downstairs is much more child friendly and reasonably priced. It is quite centrally located so quite easy to walk to. There is plenty of car parking available, but it's not cheap.

    Jo B

    Places To Eat

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    EKIM Burgers

    These burgers are delicious! And not badly priced. Yummy fresh ingredients and great flavour combos. The chips are chunky and come with home made tomato sauce. It's a great spot they've got on the corner of busy Cuba St, and I love the repurposed caravans.

    This is a good place to go if you don't have children, but it is also the most family friendly café/bar/restaurant in Wellington. They do nice coffee, yummy food, and have a good selection of beer and wine etc. It is a big place, but has lots of areas that give the feeling of being somewhere cosy and more intimate . The outside area is a fun place to hang out and at night it is full of lanterns and fairy lights. They have playgroups for young children on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offer free massages for the care-givers. They also have weekend puppet shows, face painting and sausage sizzle - all for free.

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    Self titled 'mystic Mexican cuisine and tequila bar' it really is very tasty! Great location and relaxed atmosphere, best to make a reservation if going for dinner though. Daily specials like 2 for 1 small bites (shared plates) on Mondays keep it interesting and the pork chimichangas will leave you planning a return trip.

    Deborah Jones

    Delicious Japanese food. Good variety. Best priced, best quality sashimi in Wellington. Only open Tuesdays 11:30 - 2:30, and Wed to Saturday 11:30 - 2:30 and 6:00pm - 10pm. Yum!

    Jo B

    This is excellent authentic Malaysian street food. Very reasonably priced. They have recently moved to larger premises to accommodate demand. The claypot rice is awesome.

    Jo B

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