WELLINGTON! Energetic and creative, explore New Zealand’s and the world’s ‘coolest little capital’. Words & Images JACQUELINE WONG SEE The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, earned Lonely Planet’s top 500 places to see, and it’s easy to see why. Interactive exhibits, emotively curated – there is plenty to get you excited and challenged. Afterward, take a stroll on Wellington’s scenic waterfront, dotted with cafes and parks. Come over the weekend and check out one of the three markets for artisanal produce on display and more.
DO Ride the Cable Car from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Take a picnic with you, or grab some ﬁsh and chips while enjoying 360-degree panoramic views of the city, harbour and beyond from the top of Mount Victoria Lookout.
Also, check out ZEALANDIA, a sanctuary to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife or for a bit of kiwispotting on a night tour.
SHOP The city is full of fashionable stores and boutiques, centred around Cuba, Willis, Victoria, Wakeﬁeld and Featherston Streets and, of course, the Golden Mile on Lambton Quay. Stop by the Boatshed at Frank Kitts Park for exclusive local designer apparel and souvenirs at Mulberry, handcrafted jewellery at MariaFrancesca, Maori crafts at Moari Arts Gallery and for contemporary, aﬀordable collectibles by local artists at Make At The Academy on Queen’s Wharf.
STAY From its lively woodﬁre eatery and café, The Sterling, the Park Hotel oﬀers wonderful local artisan products (coﬀee, chocolates, sauces and peanut butters) at the cosy reception for guests. This contemporary and cosy 4-star hotel is too good not to share. The stunning views of Midland Park, the city’s favourite green retreat, inspired the hotel its name. Originally the site of the Spanish-styled Midland Hotel on Lambton Quay, the land was purchased by Wellington City Council in the 1970s for the creation of a city park. For more information, go to: wellingtonnz.com Royal Brunei Airlines ﬂies Melbourne daily for connections to Wellington. Discover things to do in Wellington on www.muhibah.com.bn
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