A Short Trip to Wellington

In October I visited Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, for a short business trip. I hadn’t been to New Zealand before, so I was eager to make the most of my short time there and the free time off between working. Below are some snaps I took, and some brief info on three activities I did in Wellington. (tap/click on an image to view full-size)

1. Take a walk up Mount Victoria

Mount Victoria looks over the Wellington Harbour, and gives a beautiful 360 degree view of the Wellington city and the surrounding country. It’s easy to walk up to Mount Victoria from the city – I took a route from the centre of town, up through Charles Plimmer Park, which took around 40 minutes. It’s a lovely walk through the paths in the pine forest.

The view of Wellington City from Mount Victoria

The view of Wellington City and the Harbour from Mount Victoria.

An eerie path through Charles Plimmer Park to Mount Victoria lookout.

An eerie path through Charles Plimmer Park to Mount Victoria lookout.

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Looking South-East over Wellington Harbour to the airport.

Looking South-East over Wellington Harbour to the airport.

2. Catch the Wellington Cable Car

On my second afternoon off, I really enjoyed hopping on the Wellington cable car up for a short trip up to the top for another view of the city. The cable car costs NZ$7.50 for a return ticket, and runs every 10 minutes during daylight hours. At the top of the cable car is the Cable Car Museum, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens.

The view from the Wellington Cable Car

The view from the Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car approaching the botanic gardens station

The Botanic Gardens include 25 hectares of protected forest, pine trees and plant collections, and it’s easy to get lost in the wonder and colour of the gardens while walking along one of the many paths. I took the shortest path, a 20 minute round-trip loop from the cable car lookout.

Wellington Botanic Gardens

The Wellington Botanic Gardens

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3. Enjoy a stroll around Wellington Harbour

The atmosphere around the Wellington Harbour was great to soak up. I took a stroll one lunch time, along with many joggers and cyclists, to soak up the afternoon sun. The city and harbour boasts some interesting architecture, and the harbour is always busy with different ships coming and going.

Interesting architecture around Wellington Harbour.

Some interesting architecture around Wellington Harbour.

Lots of ships (Navy ship, container ships and ferries) dock at Wellington Harbour, and there's a different sight each day.

Lots of ships (Navy ship, container ships and ferries) dock at Wellington Harbour, so there’s a different sight each day.

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Wellington City Harbour - looking towards the port.

Wellington Harbour – looking towards the port.

Wellington City Harbour - looking towards Mount Victoria.

Wellington Harbour – looking towards Mount Victoria.

Thanks for looking. Please leave a comment or question below if you enjoyed these photos of Wellington. – Edwin

2 Comments on “A Short Trip to Wellington

  1. Looks like you had a great trip Edwin! So great to have had that opportunity 🙂

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