Wellington backpacking: Day 15

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I don’t know if I can call it exactly “Wellington backpacking” . After only 15 days of hosteling, I had enough of the shared accommodation and checked in a hotel, spoilt much? Maybe. But how glad I was that I had fresh towels, heating and NO bunk beds! I was in Wellington for 4 days and I had a blast!

This city is completely different from Auckland. People are very “Bohemian”, there is a coffee culture to it and amazing hidden places with incredible pastries. Yes I indulged a piece of cake a day for 4 days. A sugar detox we can call it haha. So what to do in this compact windy town?

  • Te Papa is the city’s ‘must-see’ attraction, and for reasons well beyond the fact that it’s NZ’s national museum. It’s highly interactive, fun, and full of surprises. Aptly, ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ loosely translates as ‘treasure box’. The riches inside include an amazing collection of Maori artefacts and the museum’s own colourful marae; natural history and environment exhibitions.

  • Botanic Gardens… The hilly, 25-hectare botanic gardens can be almost effortlessly visited via a cable-car ride (nice bit of planning, eh?). They boast a tract of original native forest along with varied collections including a beaut rose garden and international plant collections. 


  • Wellington’s wonderful waterfront? Good choice! The locals reckon its a relaxing and fun holiday destination without leaving the city limits.

  • Boat trip to Days Bay. It’s a 30-minute trip to Days Bay, where there are beaches, a fine park and a boatshed offering canoes and rowboats for hire. A 30-45 minute walk from Days Bay brings you to the pretty settlement of Eastbourne, with appealing cafes and picnic spots.

  •  Zealandia home to some of the rarest and extraordinary wildlife on the planet, our sanctuary is protected by a predator proof fence that encloses 225ha of regenerating forest, less than 10 minutes from central Wellington.

  • Cuba Srteet District – Balancing chic and kitsch, boutique and bohemia, Cuba Street is widely considered to be the coolest street in New Zealand. A haven for coffee addicts, buskers, emerging designers

  • I also visited the Circa Theatre and went for a musical called the C musical. I don’t want to be rude, but this was the worst musical I ever encountered. It was cheap, boring and very poorly made.  If your wondering why the C musical? Because it was a Cancer Musical! I loved the whole concept of human spirit and the triumph of laughter over fear, sadly it didn’t live up to our expectations.

 Cant wait for the next post which will be about the yummylicious restaurants and coffee places I visited!