Wellington Journals

Getting Cultural in Wellington

An April 2005 trip to Wellington by lo7la

Te Papa Tongarewa Photo, Wellington, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Wellington is New Zealand's cultural hot spot. It is a fantastic city to take in some history, relax with a walk in the botanical gardens, or dance the night away.

Getting Cultural in Wellington

Overview

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The best things include a day at the Te Papa Museum, taking a ride up in the cable car and then strolling down through the royal botanical gardens, and heading out to Courtenay Place for a drink and a boogie. Other walks include heading out to Mt Cook for great views of the city and country.Quick Tips: If you can stomach the crowd, head to the basement of Base Backpackers or Sports Cafe in Courtenay Place for cheap drinks. Best Way To Get Around: The best way to get around is to walk. Most of the city is accessible by walking. The local bus is another great way to get around. Driving is a pain since parking is hard to come by. Taxi is the way to go at night. Wellington is a great pla...Read More

Base Backpackers

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Hotel

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Base Backpackers is one of those chain hostels without a soul. Sometimes you have to wonder if the people who designed the Base in Wellington have traveled at all. The rates are less than competitive with the rest of the hostels in town. Rates for large dorm rooms start at NZ$25 a night, hardly the budget of the backpacker hostels in town. For a multi-level hostel that holds 325 beds, the kitchen is a joke. A small cubby space to store your food, only two refrigerators, a lack of counter space to prepare food, a precious few pots and pans, and only about eight burners make this kitchen one of the worst hostel kitchens I've seen. The kitchen spills out into the eating/common area, and that spills out ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Base Backpackers
21-23 Cambridge Tce
Wellington, New Zealand
(04) 801 5666

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Editor's Note: Wildlife House has been renamed Wellywood Backpackers.As the big backpacker places in the city center go, this was my favorite by far. Location is its biggest asset, as it's located only blocks from Courtenay Place, Te Papa Museum, and the supermarket. The kitchen, while not extremely well equipped, was large and spacious. It gave us plenty of room to prepare our meal and plenty of space to store our food.The beds were comfy and the noise level was relatively low. None of the rooms are en-suite, but each shower has its own room. Some of the perks include was free, 24-hour Internet access, and they give you 2-for-1 drink tickets to Sports Café. Off-street park...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Wildlife House
58 Tory St.
Wellington, New Zealand
(64) 04 381 3899

Te Papa Tongarewa

Attraction | "Te Papa"

Te Papa Tongarewa Photo, Wellington, New Zealand
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The Te Papa museum is the ultimate must if you are visiting Wellington. Entry is free, but you'll find a donation box as you walk in. The museum showcases some of the best cultural works in New Zealand, along with an in-depth history of the Maori people. You can check the museum website for special events, such as readings, dance shows, and new exhibits. The museum is open every day.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable St
Wellington, New Zealand 6001
+64 (4) 381 7000

Magic Bus

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Attraction

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The Magic Bus is one of two hop-on-hop-off tours that travels around the whole of the north and south islands of New Zealand. The other has been nicknamed the big green f*** truck. Wellington is one of the major cities you can jump onto this bus tour. Magic prides themselves on being the "independent travelers" choice. If you don't already know, this is how it works: You buy a bus pass valid for a certain amount of time, in this case a year, and then you are allowed to hop-on at certain points (towns) around the country. The service just covers transport but they will arrange for accommodation if you would like (but it's up to you to pay for it). The nice thing about this choice of trans...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Magic Bus
120 Albert Street
Auckland, New Zealand
+64 (9) 358 5600