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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.
Bakery
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“Something for everyone. A huge range of restaurants catering to all budgets, great bars etc”
  • 56 locals recommend
Museum
“Innovative, interesting, all encompassing for art and artefacts and exhibitions about the natural world”
  • 39 locals recommend
Place to shop
“This full supermarket is often referred to as New World Chaffers Street, even though its official address is Wakefield Street! New World Chaffers Street is about 9-10 minutes walk from City Bach. This modern, vibrant supermarket has anything you could wish for whether to feed a family, entertain, go on a picnic, or just simply self-catering if you're visiting Wellington. The delicatessen section is a winner. The food always looks to delicious. They usually give samples to try before you buy.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Tunnel
“Iconic views of Wellington. Popular tourist spot. See my pin for Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout— with better views minus the crowds :)”
  • 48 locals recommend
Place to shop
“If you are a foodie, be sure to pay a visit. Five stores in one (Fresh, Grocery, Variety, Toys, and amazing wine/spirits/beer/cider selections.) Food kiosks and the Chook Wagon (rotisserie) sell prepared meals as well.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Lounge
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“I go here for some delish desert..its on the 3rd storey of some dinghy entrance off Courtney Place, like a secret spot.. but dont let that fool you..., its cosy, warm and has a chillout vibe - decorated like a library with books all around and comfy sofas to lounge...cool place to hangout.. check out website for opening hours”
  • 53 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Spiritual home to LOTR's and the best cinematic experience in NZ and arguably the best in the world - be sure to see a movie in the Grand Auditorium ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Museum
“Te Papa is really exciting you can learn NZ geology, nature, marine life, Maori culture, etc (also it is free)”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great relaxed atmosphere, away from the main part of town. Often have live Salsa type music on the weekend ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Café
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“cool little brunch spot - need to get in early as it gets busy! Milkshakes come highly recommended”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Cross is a garden bar, cafe, come restaurant with lots of action all day and into the evening. They have cafe food and cooked menu for all times of the day. Caters to all food types.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Renovated for the final Lord of the Rings World Premiere, this gorgeous art deco theatre is a treat. The interior design is outstanding.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Food
“Internationally acclaimed beers. Utilises an innovative approach to beermaking with continual experimentation to produce new and exciting beers. There is also a standard range which is produced regularly. Call into the taproom to taste before purchasing. Alternatively, visit the GP bar close by.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Cafe
“A busy but AMAZING cafe. This is the original spot of the crazy coffee culture in Wellington. Bottomless filter coffee!! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Store
“Wellington Museum shares the fascinating stories of the Wellington region. All housed within the beautiful 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Established- 1972 Location- Wellington Harbour Board Head Office and Bond Store,3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand Website- museumswellington.org.nz”
  • 23 locals recommend
Entertainment
“City Gallery Wellington is a contemporary art gallery with a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events, and an international reputation.”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Lounge
“I go here for some delish desert..its on the 3rd storey of some dinghy entrance off Courtney Place, like a secret spot.. but dont let that fool you..., its cosy, warm and has a chillout vibe - decorated like a library with books all around and comfy sofas to lounge...cool place to hangout.. check out website for opening hours”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great relaxed atmosphere, away from the main part of town. Often have live Salsa type music on the weekend ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Café
“cool little brunch spot - need to get in early as it gets busy! Milkshakes come highly recommended”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
“The Cross is a garden bar, cafe, come restaurant with lots of action all day and into the evening. They have cafe food and cooked menu for all times of the day. Caters to all food types.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
“Dog-friendly beer bar just off Glover Park. Good selection of beers. Good bar fare if you're hungry - pizzas, sandwiches, and curly fries (with cheese and gravy!). Cheap tacos on Tuesdays and wings on Wednesdays, and free live music throughout the week. Great on a sunny afternoon when you can take your beer and food into the park and enjoy on a beanbag. Dog friendly!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“Laundry is a short walk away and a great spot on Cuba St for a drink and a snack. Better later. Love the stuffed jalapenos !”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely fresh, interesting food made with care and on trend. Think Ottolengi. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lovely, light space and good service. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“NZ known, hard to find. Consistent Best Restaurant winner, menu changes frequently.”
  • 22 locals recommend

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