Wellington is the music and cultural hub of New Zealand - quirky streets, sweet bars, good food and loads of free stuff! The staff at Base Wellington whipped up a list of 50 Free Things to Do in Wellington...

Top 50 FREE things to do in Wellington

  1. Te Papa - the National Museum of New Zealand (it's well worth leaving a gold coin donation by the way as you can spend all day there!)
  2. Walk round the Botanic Gardens.
  3. 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!
  4. weta cave wellington own 19
  5. Chill out like a hipster at Frank Kitt's park.
  6. Go round the bays and have a picnic at Scorching Bay.
  7. Visit the Marine Education Centre at Island Bay and see lots of sea creatures.
  8. Jump off a wharf into the sea. Particularly if it's mid-winter. Or just swim in the ocean.
  9. Drive through the Victoria Tunnel and beep your horn. (Full of especially exuberant drivers)
  10. Walk up to Mount Victoria for a wonderful view of the city.
  11. Go to Old St Paul's Cathedral in Thorndon.
  12. Walk out to Red Rocks and see the seals.
  13. Go for a stroll around the scenic Island Bay.
  14. Go outside on a clear night and look at the stars.
  15. Drive or walk up to the Brooklyn wind turbine.
  16. Walk into the embassy theatre and discover where the LOTR trilogy premiered.
  17. Download the Welly Walks Iphone app for free and pick one of its many walks.
  18. Walk along the waterfront and see if you can spot all the poetry blocks set along the shore.
  19. Tuesday nights go to Frank Kitts Park and check out the fire dancers’ fire spinning.
  20. Listen to a busker on Courtney.
  21. Look around the Petone shops.
  22. Check out the National War Museum.
  23. Play free pool at Shooters / The Grand.
  24. If you’re a bookworm, visit Wellingtons Public Library.
  25. Enjoy retro music at Boogie Wonderland and Electric Avenue.
  26. Walk up Cuba Street and check out all the trendy cafes and vintage clothes shops
  27. cuba street wellington commons

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  28. Take a walk down Ascot Street and check out some of Wellingtons original buildings.
  29. 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.
  30. Drive out to Eastbourne and check out the sweet beaches.
  31. Take a tour of the beehive / parliament buildings.
  32. Get wet at the Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street.
  33. Visit the cable car museum.
  34. Drive to the F69 shipwreck.
  35. Go into the wild in Otari – Wiltons bush native botanic garden.
  36. Visit Mount Kaukau.
  37. Check out the fine architecture of Parliament house.
  38. Walk the Bolton Street Cemetery if you are brave.
  39. Watch the Wellington Cable Car in action from the top of Kelburn.
  40. Wellington Cable Car and City
  41. If you have a car, take a lovely drive around Days Bay.
  42. Check out the Petone settler’s museum.
  43. Catch a free gig at MEOW lounge bar.
  44. Spend the day on the Wellington Writer Walk.
  45. Go to the Wellington Gardens in summer and check out a free concert.
  46. Go to the National Archives and ask to see the original Treaty of Waitangi.
  47. At Christmas time sit under the Telecom Christmas tree in the park across from New World...
  48. Have a car and fancy a drive? There is a lookout in Brooklyn near the wind turbines.
  49. Check out the Saint Mary of Angels church an authentic New Zealand built church.
  50. Walk to Oriental Parade and sit on top of the Fishermans table restaurant.
  51. Friday night go check out the Left Bank Market down Cuba Street
  52. Chat to the friendly Base reception staff when they aren’t busy.
  53. Take a free map from reception and find all these great places.

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Main image: The Arts: Walk the streets of Wellington or Auckland. 'There's a huge art scene with a lot of energy', and some pretty amazing things. (James Cameron). CREDIT: Julian Apse, Tourism New Zealand