Of course, there’s hundreds of exciting things to do in Wellington. However, most of those activities burn a serious hole in our pockets. Consequently, we’ve listed 12 of the best free things to do in Wellington. So, you can have fun without spending money.
1. Hike Paekakariki Track
As one of the best Wellington activities, you can hike the loop with a group of friends or loved ones. Excellently, it’s a fabulous spot to watch the sunset and sunrise. Certainly, one of the best free things to do.
📍 Paekākāriki 5034, New Zealand
2. Visit the beach
Of course, all the beaches in Wellington are free to visit. Before winter sets in, take a walk on the beach, swim in the ocean, play watersports with friends…the list is endless. Choose from our collection of the best beaches to hangout at in Wellington.
📍 Various Locations
Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit fans will love this small museum in front of the Weta Workshop that’s totally free to visit. Guests can see costumes, props and sculptures from the movies, as well King Kong and Avatar and much more.
📍1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
Avail of many once-in-a-life opportunities to see world-famous art collections. For example, Surrealist masterpieces of artwork on lend from Rotterdam’s Museum, with works by Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, just to name a few. Excitingly, the museum is free entry.
📍 Te Papa Museum, 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
5. See the new Wellington sign
Why not put the ‘I’ in Wellington at this new epic Wellington sign in the centre. Indeed, one of the best new places to capture photos in the city. Read about it here.
📍 Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
6. Have a Picnic atop Te Whiti Riser
Wellington’s newest recreational walk is the perfect place for a DIY picnic on a good day. Opt to go on foot or by bike which takes under an hour. With picturesque views of the sea and surroundings, you’ll be in ultimate bliss.
📍 Riverside Drive, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
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Those with a passion for art, fashion and culture will appreciation the collections at this iconic 5-star art gallery. With regularly changing exhibitions, you’ll always be treated to something fresh.
📍 45 Laings Road, Hutt Central, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
8. Snap an IG-Worthy Pictures
Luckily, we’ve already listed the most instagrammable places around Wellington. For example, Cape Palliser Lighthouse and Mount Victoria Lookout. Fantastically, all of these places are free to visit.
📍 Various Locations
9. Eat at Hannah’s Laneway
Foodies will love exploring the world’s tastiest hidden laneway. Of course, it would be hard to look at everything without desiring to buy something. Nevertheless, they’ve got wonderful deals, so if you decide to get a little treat from Leeds Street Bakery or somewhere else, you won’t spend too much.
📍 14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
10. Hike Pinnacles Track
Just over an hour from the city, you’ll find this spectacular hike that was featured in Lord Of The Rings. Bring a packed lunch, and all you’ll need to pay for is petrol. Additionally, you can bring your furry friend and visit Cape Palliser Lighthouse along the way.
📍 Cape Palliser, New Zealand
11. Walk around Belmont Regional Park
Head to Wellington’s largest Regional Park to unwind and breathe in nature. Likewise, it’s favoured among locals who love to hike and mountain bike along the tracks. Equally, its got one of the best waterfalls to gaze at in Wellington.
📍 Takapu Valley, Wellington 5010, New Zealand
12. Explore Botanic Gardens
Just 20 minutes from Wellington centre, immerse yourself in 25 hectares of a lush garden, enriched in history, surrounded by unique plants, and more. It sits on the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, so you’ll be treated to lovely views and a unique landscape. Perfect place for a picnic!
📍 101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand