There are so many things to do in Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world—a city where having fun is easy. You can explore New Zealand wildlife, visit museums for lunch, and ride mountain bikes in the afternoon. Here are four adventurous things to do when visiting Wellington: Mix and match to suit your needs.
Only a ten-minute drive from Wellington City is where you’ll find Zealandia, a community-driven eco-restoration project and education facility that’s a must-see visitor attraction for all ages. One of the best things to do in Wellington, this hidden gem in a sanctuary valley aims to return a 225-hectare section of bush to its pre-human state. It’s the world’s first fully fenced urban eco-sanctuary—a conservation success, and safe haven for some of the rarest New Zealand wildlife. Enjoy a walk through lush native bush as you hear the musical songs of nearby birds. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of reptiles, insects, and more living creatures in the wild bush. Start your adventure with guided highlights, then, as darkness falls, follow your guide into the valley for a night tour of Kiwi spotting.
Only minutes from Wellington by helicopter or 30 minutes by coach, you’ll be transported to another world at Boomrock, where you can enjoy a variety of experiences. Perched on a rugged cliff high above the Tasman Sea and surrounded by 3,000 acres of farmland, you’ll soak up magnificent views of the South Island. If speeding around the track is your idea of a fun day out, then you’ve come to the right place to get your adrenaline fix. Here you’ll get the opportunity to do hot-laps with professional drivers, and get hands-on driver training on the purpose-built car testing circuit. This is not for the faint-hearted, so hold on for an unforgettable 4WD experience as you feel the thrill on the challenging circuit. There’s also other activities for you to enjoy such as extreme golf, clay target shooting, archery, skirting the cliffs in a rally car, and scenic helicopter flights.
Switched On Bikes
Wellington people are pretty switched on when it comes to coming up with new fun things to do in Wellington, and Switched On Bikes is no different. Electric bikes are the newest and most fun way for you to see and explore Wellington. Now you don’t have to break a sweat when climbing up Wellington’s famously steep hills. It’s an easy cruise, and especially great for those scenic bays where you want to enjoy the view. Hire an eBike and give it a go to try something different, or join a small guided tour of the must-see spots around Wellington—you’ll be a pro by the end of your ride. The most popular tour is the small group ‘Electric Bays Tour’, where a Switched On guide leads you from the centrally located Wellington Waterfront, around the bays, and onto the Miramar Peninsula, where the coastline is spectacular. You stop at a quaint local café before giving the electric bikes a test by heading up to the top of Mount Victoria, Wellington’s lookout.
For more thrills and spills, Wellington Adventures offers an exciting off-road quad bike adventure. You’ll cover 20 kilometres of rugged coastline as you ride up mountains 900 metres high with spectacular views. Native bush, a year-round seal colony, and magnificent views all make for a truly unforgettable experience. Don’t worry if you’re a novice as there are trails to suit all riders, from beginner to expert. Whether it’s a one-hour tour or one over two days, you’ll be guaranteed to have a fun time. Experience a different side of Wellington on this ride, which takes you to some stunning hidden spots across the region.