'It’s Never Just a Weekend when it’s in Wellington!'
Can you spot me? hehe ;)
I had a part in helping make this wee groovy feature advertisement about the rockin-hot Coolest Capital in the World- Wellington. The only uber funky, creative town I know where you can see the milky way at night, dine out on gorgeous international cuisine, boogie to beats, cruise around thought provoking art and culture, experience an ever changing palate of weather, wander safe & freely and be however you feel ya wanna be.
Welly you are a special beautiful dame, & I'm proud to have called you home XO
Here's a great list of 50 FREEeee and fantastic things ya can do in my stomping ground:
Get thee to The City Gallery and Te Papa Museum
Walk round the Botanic Gardens
Go to the Weta Cave in Miramar - this is where the costumes and props are created for films such as Lord of the Rings and King Kong
Chill out like a hipster at Frank Kitt's park
Go round the bays and have a picnic at Scorching Bay
Visit the Marine Education Centre at Island Bay and see lots of sea creatures
Jump off a wharf into the sea. Particularly if it's mid-winter. Or just swim in the ocean
Drive through the Victoria Tunnel and beep your horn. (Full of especially exuberant drivers)
Walk up to Mount Victoria for a wonderful view of the city
Do a day trip by train, car or motorbike over to the Wairarapa and check out the vineyards & amazing cuisine on offer in Martinborough, Greytown and Featherston.
Walk out to Red Rocks and see the seals
Go for a stroll around the scenic Island Bay
Go outside on a clear night and look at the stars
Drive or walk up to the Brooklyn wind turbine
Get to The Lighthouse Cinema on Wigan St and watch a cool movie
Download the Welly Walks Iphone app for free and pick one of its many walks
Walk along the waterfront and see if you can spot all the poetry blocks set along the shore
Tuesday nights go to Frank Kitts Park and check out the fire dancers’ fire spinning
Listen to a busker on Courtney.. and donate some coins to their good cause ;)
Look around the Petone shops and do some serious op shop/ vintage hunting there, on Cuba St, in Newtown and Thorndon.
Check out the National War Museum
Play free pool at Shooters / The Grand
If you’re a bookworm, visit Wellington's Public Library
Enjoy live music at Havana, Laundry and Matterhorn
Walk up Cuba Street - Trendy cafes, shops, bars and always something eclectic going on
Take a walk down Ascot Street and check out some of Wellington's original buildings
Walk along the Skyline from Mt Kaukau (just above Khandallah) to Crofton Downs (the most spectacular views!) and have a drink and a meal in The Village
Drive out to Eastbourne and check out the sweet beaches and on the way visit The Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt and/ or pop over to Pataka Museum in Porirua
Take a tour of the Beehive / Parliament buildings
Get wet at the Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street
Visit the Cable Car Museum
Drive to the F69 shipwreck
Go into the wild in Otari – Wilton's bush native botanic garden.
Visit Mount Kaukau
Check out the fine architecture of Parliament house
Walk the Bolton Street Cemetery if you are brave
Watch the Wellington Cable Car in action from the top of Kelburn
If you have a car (or hire a motorbike!), take a lovely drive around Days Bay
Check out the Petone Settler’s Museum
Catch a free gig at MEOW lounge bar or many other's www.undertheradar.co.nz
Spend the day on the Wellington Writer Walk
Go to the Wellington Gardens in summer and check out a free concert or night cinema
Go to the National Archives and ask to see the original Treaty of Waitangi
At Christmas time sit under the Telecom Christmas tree in the park across from New World...
Have a car and fancy a drive, there is a lookout in Brooklyn near the wind turbines
Check out the Saint Mary of Angels church and Old St Pauls in Thorndon
Walk to Oriental Parade and sit on top of the Fishermans table restaurant with a gourmet ice-cream from Cafe Eis or Cornetto
Peruse the boutique fashion stores and art galleries
Friday night go check out the Left Bank Market down Cuba Street- yum yum yum!
BOOM - Sorrrted now aint ya! xx