If you have the luxury of spending time in Wellington, you can not go wrong by visiting the city's waterfront. It's a relaxing and fun place to be, as the Wellingtonians who live and work there have already discovered. Wellington's waterfront area has been developed and designed specifically with public recreation in mind. There are enough activities and places to visit on Wellington's waterfront to keep the whole family busy for hours. You can choose from a range of eateries, museums, playgrounds, learning opportunities, retail outlets, interesting architecture and cultural events galore. Even if you only have a small amount of time in Wellington, the waterfront is the perfect place to just enjoy a quiet stroll or to just relax over lunch as you take in the magnificent harbor views.
One of Wellington's key waterfront destinations for families is the well known Te Papa Museum. After a morning spent exploring all the museum has to offer, you can choose from a range of outdoor eateries and enjoy the sea breeze while the children explore the playground with its fabulous seagull slide. Walking around the waterfront is easy, but if you're feeling a bit more energetic, you could hire some inline skates or a croc bike and get some exercise at the same time.
Not everyone wants to take the waterfront at a fast pace, so if you've got time to relax and enjoy the scenery, why not take some hand lines and bait down to the waterfront and spend some time in Wellington fishing along the water's edge. You might also want to stop for a refreshing cold or hot drink before enjoying a paddle or taking in some of the art works, commemorative plaques and sculptures that are interspersed around the waterfront.
If you're fortunately enough to be in Wellington for an evening event at the theater or one of the city's sporting arena's the waterfront is an ideal place to spend time before the main event. Arrive early for an early drink or meal at one of the waterfront eateries. And if you would like to spend the night on the waterfront, you could book a cabin on The Wellesley which is moored at the Taranaki Street wharf. Breakfast is only a short walk along the waterfront and you are free to choose from a variety of other activities while you still have time in Wellington to spare. You could book a scenic helicopter flight or a ferry ride to Somes-Matiu Island in the middle of the harbor. If you want to stay closer to land, try a vertical bungy or paddle a kayak along the shoreline. Whatever you do, do not miss the waterfront. It's Wellington at its best.