A Local's Guide to Wellington

Large and small, corners and vistas, places to move in and places to stop... some of my favourite pieces of Wellington.
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Yet another one of Wellington's fine cafes. The range of single origin coffees changes regularly and is available just how you like it (cold drip and other cutting edge coffee styles available). They're next door to the Quilter's 2nd-hand bookstore and so make an excellent place to pore over your find from the book mine.

Yet another one of Wellington's fine cafes. The range of single origin coffees changes regularly and is available just how you like it (cold drip and other cutting edge coffee styles available). They're next door to the Quilter's 2nd-hand bookstore and so make an excellent place to pore over your find from the book mine.

Wellington Railway Station on Bunny St, Pipitea, Wellington - a classic example of early 20th Century station architecture and a minor  temple to Mass Transit. NZ's busiest train station was opened in 1937 and incorporated many earthquake-resistant features - including a facade composed of hollow bricks run through with metal rods attached to the internal structure.1500 tons of decorative Hanmer and Whangarei granite as well as marble was used to clad the interior and the entranceway. A…

Wellington Railway Station on Bunny St, Pipitea, Wellington - a classic example of early 20th Century station architecture and a minor temple to Mass Transit. NZ's busiest train station was opened in 1937 and incorporated many earthquake-resistant features - including a facade composed of hollow bricks run through with metal rods attached to the internal structure.1500 tons of decorative Hanmer and Whangarei granite as well as marble was used to clad the interior and the entranceway. A…

One of Wellington's newest purpose built cinemas (2 screens) able to screen all formats (from 35mm to HFR 3D). Comfortable leather seats with good leg-room throughout. Also contains a restaurant and a well-stocked bar. Lunch and Dinner served every day (last seating for the restaurant usually around 8.30pm). A destination cinema in the suburbs with close links to the people at Weta Productions just down the road. (And they of course stock Gunpowder Rum).

One of Wellington's newest purpose built cinemas (2 screens) able to screen all formats (from 35mm to HFR 3D). Comfortable leather seats with good leg-room throughout. Also contains a restaurant and a well-stocked bar. Lunch and Dinner served every day (last seating for the restaurant usually around 8.30pm). A destination cinema in the suburbs with close links to the people at Weta Productions just down the road. (And they of course stock Gunpowder Rum).

Best flying fox in the inner city (and some great winding paths with multiple foot bridges in a rain-forest like environment)

Best flying fox in the inner city (and some great winding paths with multiple foot bridges in a rain-forest like environment)

Excellent brunch destination from the people who brought you the original Caffe L'Affare - they also make easily the best baguettes in town under the name 'ACME': pick them up here or at Moore Wilson's down the street... but you have to be quick, they sell out like hot bread

Excellent brunch destination from the people who brought you the original Caffe L'Affare - they also make easily the best baguettes in town under the name 'ACME': pick them up here or at Moore Wilson's down the street... but you have to be quick, they sell out like hot bread

Perhaps Wellington's finest collection of bottled beers and ever changing draught varieties (including ye olde Englishe hand-pull) is to be found here. Carefully chilled beers from both near and far are to be had for love or money (well, mostly money - haven't tried love - it might work). Colin is the owner and also a fine host.

Perhaps Wellington's finest collection of bottled beers and ever changing draught varieties (including ye olde Englishe hand-pull) is to be found here. Carefully chilled beers from both near and far are to be had for love or money (well, mostly money - haven't tried love - it might work). Colin is the owner and also a fine host.

A patch of Cuban sun even on the most drab Winter's day - lovingly crafted from two conjoined working men's huts this bar and restaurant is a welcome splash of local colour. Regular live music events in the bar often lead to spontaneous dancing and a good time had by all. Or grab a mojito and a cigar and head to the open air area out the back to play cards or backgammon. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner from a menu of small plates made on the fly.

A patch of Cuban sun even on the most drab Winter's day - lovingly crafted from two conjoined working men's huts this bar and restaurant is a welcome splash of local colour. Regular live music events in the bar often lead to spontaneous dancing and a good time had by all. Or grab a mojito and a cigar and head to the open air area out the back to play cards or backgammon. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner from a menu of small plates made on the fly.

One of NZ's longest running cocktail bars, an institution if you must (since c.1999-2000). One of the largest bottle selections in town including the stupendous Fernet Branca, the bartender's shot of choice... -ish. Currently in Tiki mode, but always a den of booze where shenanigans are frequent. Look for the large pink and white 'Motel: Vacancy/No-Vacancy sign' and take the stairs to the first floor - if the front door is closed try the buzzer and your luck... you may be granted entrance…

One of NZ's longest running cocktail bars, an institution if you must (since c.1999-2000). One of the largest bottle selections in town including the stupendous Fernet Branca, the bartender's shot of choice... -ish. Currently in Tiki mode, but always a den of booze where shenanigans are frequent. Look for the large pink and white 'Motel: Vacancy/No-Vacancy sign' and take the stairs to the first floor - if the front door is closed try the buzzer and your luck... you may be granted entrance…

Wellington's most intense bric-a-brac/junk shop experience - the first part of this cluttered space is a mere decoy - behind lies a mini-warehouse of lost and found pseudo-treasures. If you're looking for glassware, vinyl, books, memorabilia this is the place

Wellington's most intense bric-a-brac/junk shop experience - the first part of this cluttered space is a mere decoy - behind lies a mini-warehouse of lost and found pseudo-treasures. If you're looking for glassware, vinyl, books, memorabilia this is the place

Some of the finest coffee known to man or beast comes from this cafe/roastery... and then by night it becomes one of Wellington's newest cocktail hangouts. Many a fine concoction of rum and sundries to be had - Jake and Corey are your drinksmith guides.

Some of the finest coffee known to man or beast comes from this cafe/roastery... and then by night it becomes one of Wellington's newest cocktail hangouts. Many a fine concoction of rum and sundries to be had - Jake and Corey are your drinksmith guides.

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