|Plan A Day|
|So, you’re planning a visit to Wellington’s wonderful waterfront? Good choice! The locals reckon its a relaxing and fun holiday destination without leaving the city limits.
Perhaps you’re taking the family to New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, attending a show at the TSB Bank Arenaor maybe you’re just looking to while away a sunny afternoon at Waitangi Park.
Don’t limit yourself to just one activity. Arm yourself with a free Wellington Waterfront Map from the Wellington Visitor Information Centre in Civic Square or the Waterfront Project Information Centre on Queens Wharf and get yourself acquainted with the host of other experiences that can fill a whole day or round off a morning, afternoon or evening. Wellington’s waterfront offers a range of relaxing, fun and entertaining activities, events and attractions for all ages and in all weathers.
We’ve put some suggestions together below to show you what we mean.
A family day out on the waterfront
Spend the morning exploring the treasures within Te Papa followed by a picnic of delicious hot meat sandwiches from Rawhide at Frank Kitts Park and an ice cream from an Ice Cream Cart. The children’s playground is right there, so you can keep an eye on the kids while also enjoying the quirky display of the nearby Water Whirler and fabulous views across the harbour.
Energy restored, the kids will be itching to get back out there so why not hire some inline skates from Fergs Kayaks and let them take the scenic route around the waterfront – the fun way to exercise!
Or, if you prefer more passive pursuits, bring a couple of hand lines with you and some bait and take the kids fishing off the many good spots along the water’s edge.
A coffee stop for you at Waitangi Park Cafe while kids play in the park, and the day is finished off with a paddle on the beach near Chaffers Marina, then home.
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A night out on the waterfront
Booked to see a show at Circa? Why not make a night of it, starting with dinner at Circa’s cafe and completed with a coffee or liqueur at next door’s Macs Brewery Bar
Maybe you’re attending a concert at theTSB Bank Arena? You could come down early and enjoy a pre-show drink or meal atShed 5 or Dockside?
After a night on the tiles St Johns you could plan ahead and have a cosy cabin booked on Megisti Charters which is moored alongside Taranaki Street Wharf. So, forget the drive home, you can stay the night, being gently rocked to sleep by the rhythmic tide.
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Exploring the waterfront
New to Wellington, just visiting for the day or looking for some fun and adventure without leaving the city? You could start with breakfast at the Boat Cafe then have a crack at rock-climbing at Fergs Kayaks.
Hop on the Dominion-Post Ferry and explore Somes-Matiu Island in the middle of Wellington’s harbour.
After lunch hire a Croc Bike from theEnormous Crocodile Company and take it for a spin along the waterfront promenades or around to the swimming beaches ofOriental Bay.
Now that you’ve had your exercise, head back to Frank Kitts Park or if that gorgeous blue water beckons, hire a paddle boat from Wet & Wild or a kayak from Fergs Kayaks and get out there for a leisurely paddle on the Lagoon or harbour.
As the afternoon draws to a close, park up at Bin44 and have a long, cool beer.
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Yearning for some learning?
Are you interested in tales of the waterfront? Do you have a penchant for history? Start your day at the Museum of Wellington and learn about some key events and tall tales, many of which occurred on the waterfront, that have shaped the Capital and New Zealand’s maritime history. Pick up a free copy of the Maritime Heritage Trail brochures from the Waterfront Project Information Centre and amble along the waterfront absorbing some of the waterfront’s rich heritage.
A leisurely stroll along the Frank Kitts Parkpromenade will also take you past commemorative plaques, gorgeous sculptures by some of New Zealand’s leading sculptors and the Wellington Writer’s Walk.
No educational visit to the waterfront would be complete without a visit to our national museum Te Papa and then there’s the practical learning you can indulge in such as climbing and kayaking lessons at Fergs Kayaks or windsurfing from Wild Winds.