24 Hours in Wellington

wellington-brc

The southernmost capital city in the World, Wellington is known for its windy days, and for the beautiful wild waters of Cook Strait just outside the harbour.


Choose BRC on your next Car Rental Wellington

 

Sunrise

Early in the day, before sun-up, get yourself stationed ready to greet the day. Perhaps at Te Ahumairangi Lookout, which offers fantastic views of the city and south to the coast. Mt Victoria is also a very popular spot to view the city,  harbour and the activity of the ferries bound to Picton in the South Island, so getting there early in the day makes sense. Another good spot is the headland near the Ataturk Memorial and the memorial to those who died in the 1968 Wahine disaster and gives you views of the harbour entrance.

Breakfast/ Brunch

For a true kiwi breakfast head to the Chocolate Fish Kaimoana Café. They offer Kiwiana on a plate, with New Zealand flavours such as a Feijoa Smoothie, Kiwi Chia Breakfast Bowl, and the ever-faithful Seafood Chowder. This is your chance to try a Paua Pattie, Whitebait fritter, or a Crayfish fritter. There is even a kid-sized Marmite and cheese sandwich. Many other options available as well.

Morning

On your way back into the city, you will pass the Weta Cave, and this shop and mini-museum is a must see for any movie fans. An informative display of props and film-making techniques that are sure to impress. Since this is the capital city of New Zealand, take the opportunity to tour the Parliament Buildings. There is the choice of a 30 or 60-minute tour of the best of the four buildings that make up the seat of power in this country. The Beehive is only the icon; visit Bowen House and Parliament House as well and learn how the government is run. Or you may prefer to check out the National War Memorial exhibits. Together with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Hall of Memories is a Carillon, which is a huge musical instrument containing 49 bells. There is also a statue of a Man with a Donkey, commemorating medical personnel and stretcher bearers who gave so much during the wars. Also, here is the Great War Memorial, with exhibitions of life in WWI, so lifelike that you see the hardship suffered by those who fought then. Along the waterfront is Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum. There is so much to see here, you will not have time to fit it all in. Highlights might include the skeleton of a pygmy blue whale or the corpse of a giant squid. Meet a moa, or see Phar Lap's skeleton, learn about Maori culture, and see a marae. The Gallipoli exhibition, finishing in 2019, is getting rave reviews, so catch it while you can. Do note if you do not have time to see Te Papa now, there is the option of a 45-minute Twilight tour at 5pm to see the highlights that are on offer.

Lunch & Dinner in Wellington

Looking for authentic Kiwi meals in New Zealand, these restaurants have some items on their menus to tempt your palate. Whitebait lives up to its name and serves whitebait in a number of their menu choices and supports them with oysters, Waikanae crab, scallops, and clams, all from the sea locally. Eel is available, smoked and Hapuka, Sole Lamb and Beef can be found in the Mains. Feijoas also appear on the desserts, in a supporting role. Unlike a number of local restaurants, their cheese board offers New Zealand cheeses. Surprisingly, a Chinese restaurant, Grand Century, has the most interesting Kiwi dessert of caramelized kumara. The Crab Shack impresses with its options of seafood scoops, that are then served with a choice of three sauces. Seafood to scoop include Green Tipped Mussels, Tua-tua and Cloudy Bay Clams. Mains include Raw Fish, Clam & Mussel Fritters and Kiwi Pepper Lamb. The Crab Shack also has discounted days, such as half price Mussels on Monday. Giddy-Ups Mussel Bar has a Taniwha Pate (Eel base) as well as offering mussels in a range of ways from natural to chowder and fritter. They also have a Pavlova for dessert.

Your Afternoon

Catch the famous Wellington Cable Car, stopping for a quick look at the Cable Car museum, and then getting out at the top of Kelburn Lookout to admire the views. Then stop in at Zealandia to be introduced to a range of New Zealand's beautiful bird population. The massive Takahe, the lovely Tui, the friendly Kereru, and of course, the Kiwi. See the size of the giant Weta, and meet a Tuatara, the living dinosaur. The native plants of New Zealand are, in the main, not found anywhere else, so find some time to appreciate them as well. The beautiful yellow Kowhai, the delicate Rewarewa flowers, the famous Silver Fern. Meet the Finally wander back down to the city through the Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the Rose Gardens, the Poppy Fields, and learn about the Joy Fountain and the Peace Garden.

After Dark

See Glow worms at Botanic Gardens, return to Te Papa, try a night tour at Zealandia to see the nocturnal birds in action, especially the national bird, the Kiwi.

 

Prices:

Chocolate Fish Kaimoana Café (8am-5pm) Feijoa, Plum & Ginger Smoothie $4/$8 Mains from $11.50

  • Kiwi Chia Breakfast $12
  • Cheese & Marmite Sammie- kid size $5-50
  • Paua Pattie $15.50
  • Seafood Chowder Crayfish or Whitebait Fritter $19.50

Parliament Buildings FOC

War memorials FOC

Te Papa National Museum FOC

  • Twilight Tour Adult $20 Child $10

Whitebait-(11.30am-2.30pm; 5.30pm-11pm) Lunch from $21

  • Dinner – 8 course meal for $110, with wines an extra $90

Grand Century (11.30am-2.30pm; 5pm-10.30pm) Meals from $10

Crab Shack (11.30 am -9.30 pm) -Scoops of Shellfish $16 500g; Raw Fish $17, Clam & Mussel Fritters $14

  • Mains from $23

Giddy-Up Mussel Bar (5pm-10pm)- Taniwha Pate $10

  • Mussels natural- $8, Chowder $10, fritters $10
  • Pavlova $8

Cable Car Adult $4 Child $2 one way

Cable Car Museum FOC

Zealandia Adult $19.50 Child $10

Night tours Adult $85 Child $27.50
 

Choose BRC on your next Car Rental Wellington


*Please note: Prices listed here are for reference only and it might change without notice. We recommend you call or visit the attraction's website for current pricing

Bargain Rental Cars 
is proud of offering the best deals and the best customer service in New Zealand. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us on 0800 566 701 or info@bargainrentals.co.nz. You also can get a free/no-obligation quote on our website and also book your car online. 

 
More articles you may like:
Tips on Saving Money When Hiring a Car in Auckland

While car rental in Auckland is generally expensive, this should not stop you from deciding on this option if you want to visit and roam around the country that you are about to visit and explore...read more
 
10 Things to consider when choosing a rental car company

With so many car rental companies out there, the task of deciding which one is good can be daunting and stressful. Rental vehicle companies offer different services, prices and vehicles...read more
 
How to Get the Best Deal on Rental Cars in New Zealand

Whenever you’re planning on any kind of trip to New Zealand or if you have advanced notice of being without your own car, it’s a good idea to start researching your options as soon as possible...read more
 
Email

Keep up to date with specials. Sign up for
our newsletter

 
 

TALK TO US

We'd love to hear from you!

Name
Email
Message