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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“$ Responsible for the re-emergence of many native species,​ Zealandia is one of my favourite places to go in Wellington. They are now home to over 200 Tuataras, and let you walk around colonial gold mining spaces. Take as long as you want in the extensive sanctuary, short and long loops are available. Wear appropriate footwear. There are wheelchair accessible walks.”
  • 136 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Really lovely walks through old native bush. Free entry. Walks from 30 minutes to an hour or two. Lots of native birds. The air in so nice in there, it's a special and invigorating place. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Nature
“A good walk along the top of Belmont hill, it can be quite windy. You can start the walk at the Belmont Wind Turbine.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park is an award-winning purpose built bike park set in 250 hectares of bird-filled native bush. Whether you're a walker, runner or mountain biker there's a track at Makara Peak for you. This park extends across Makara Hill Road and along the main ridge to the top of Karori Park, where there is another local network of tracks.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great woodfire pizza, suitable for family as well as catching up with friends over a drink.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“This has a nicer atmosphere than the Pickle Jar, good spot for an afternoon drink, dinner or brunch ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 2
“Wide range of restaurants, bars etc in Courtenay Place, Willis Street, Manners Street and surrounding streets.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature
“Best place to look over the whole wellington, lower hutt, Makara and Wellington Wind Turbine.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Big park having jogging/walking track, exercise machines at places and children's play ground. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 5 locals recommend
Store
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“No sit down but her food and coffee is great. Her on site made pies are another level.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“Indian Restaurant - Dine in or Takeaway. Entrance to Restaurant and Parking through the Marsden Village Carpark by the traffic lights.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“Great deli products and coffee and home made ready meals. Tony is super friendly.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Hire mountain bikes and then scare yourself silly in Makara Peak mountain biking trails. Great value entertainment”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great woodfire pizza, suitable for family as well as catching up with friends over a drink.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This has a nicer atmosphere than the Pickle Jar, good spot for an afternoon drink, dinner or brunch ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 5 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Indian Restaurant - Dine in or Takeaway. Entrance to Restaurant and Parking through the Marsden Village Carpark by the traffic lights.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Delivery
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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