As the capital of the country, locals and visitors alike often regard Wellington as a centre of culture and a focal point of everything New Zealand. Cafes line the waterfront of Wellington Harbour, art galleries dot the CBD along Victoria and Ghuznee Street and annual festivals from the New Zealand International Comedy Festival to the Cuba Street Carnival bring excitement to the city throughout the year. If you want to see a little deeper than the country’s beaches, mountains and other various landscapes, the people you’ll meet and the atmosphere that makes up New Zealand’s identity is waiting for you in the Windy City.
Get a glimpse into the past and learn more about the country during your stay by visiting some of the top Wellington museums. Take the time to check out a few of these locations.
Cable Car Museum
See the story of the iconic Wellington cable cars for yourself at the Cable Car Museum. Located at the original cable car system winding house built in 1902, the building and Grip Car 3 have been restored to their former glory for visitors to enjoy. Tours are to suit and can include a ride on the cable car, escorted by your own gripman, after exploring the museum.
Find the Cable Car Museum at 1a Upland Road, Kelburn.
Perhaps the best-known museum in the country, Te Papa is worth a visit any and every time you stay in Wellington. Focused entirely on the visitor’s experience, Te Papa is renowned for being interactive and innovative throughout its exhibits. The museum explores everything from art and culture to the country’s rich history – learn about New Zealand’s heritage and the ways of life of both the Maori and European settlers.
Find Te Papa at 55 Cable Street, Wellington Central.
Museum of Wellington City and Sea
The Museum of Wellington City and Sea lets visitors explore the history of culture, society and maritime in the region. Exhibitions include film, stories of the 1968 Wahine ferry disaster, accounts of life in the city throughout the 20th century and ‘A Millenium Ago’ – a show about Maori Myths and Legends.
Find the Museum of Wellington City and Sea at Queens Wharf, 3 Jervois Quay.
New Zealand has a rich heritage and an exciting history just waiting for you to uncover for yourself. Learn more during your stay in Wellington at some of the city’s top museums.