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See in Wellington, New Zealand
Te Papa, . The national museum. Particularly good if you have children to entertain on a rainy day. Free (except for the occasional special presentation).
Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queens Wharf, . Daily, 10AM-5PM, closed 25 Dec. A well-presented museum of the history of Wellington, including its maritime history. Free.
City Gallery, Civic Square. Lacks a permanent collection but runs a consistently avant-garde set of exhibits. It also has the excellent cafe Nikau attached to it.
The Wellington Cable Car, from Lambton Quay (next to the McDonald's), 04 472 2199, . Daily until 10PM. The easiest way to get a nice view of the city and harbor, the Cable Car runs on rails from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden in Kelburn every ten minutes. $3.50 one way, $6.00 return (Concession prices are available for children, students and senior citizens over 65)
Frank Kitts Park. A great place to wander around, with walls to climb, inline skates, and jet ski rental.
Futuna Chapel. Important architecture modernist masterpiece located in suburb of Karori. Visit by arrangement
Wrights Hill. More views, and WWII underground tunnels which are open to the public on public holidays for a small fee.
Brooklyn Wind Turbine. Another great place to go to get an excellent view of the city, the harbour, and Cook Strait, plus experience the wind! Access is signposted from Brooklyn shops: head up Todman Street.
Massey Memorial An interesting place to go if you want to see a large memorial in the middle of nowhere, with a good view of the surrounding harbour.
Karori Cemetery is an interesting picnic spot.
Elmscourt an historic art deco apartment block on the corner of The Terrace and Abel Smith Street.
Oriental Parade. A new beach. However if you are not from somewhere really cold it is unlikely that it will be hot enough for you to be in desperate need for a swim. There is a spa pool (jacuzzi) in Freyberg Swimming pool (on Oriental Parade) which is inexpensive if you enjoy "people soup".
Zealandia (Karori Wildlife Sanctuary), end of Waiapu Rd, (first left after the Karori Tunnel), . Daily 10AM-5PM (last entry 4PM), closed 25 Dec. A predator-proof fence encloses an old water catchment area, forming a mainland island that provides a natural haven for endangered native birds, tuatara, wētā, and other indigenous flora and fauna, safe from introduced predators. By far the most convenient place in the country to see rare New Zealand wildlife. $17.50, child $9, more for guided tours.
Plimmer's Ark. Under and in the Old Bank Arcade on the corner of Lambton Quay and Customhouse Quay – near Plimmer's Steps. A hundred years ago a Bank was built on top of a wrecked ship that had been used as a market. When they renovated the building they discovered the ship's timbers and preserved the remains in the building! Just take the escalator down through the bank vault doors.
Parliament Buildings, the Beehive (or Executive Wing), and the Parliamentary Library. The grounds of Parliament are open to the public. Known as the hill, Parliament grounds are at the foot of Molesworth and Bowen Streets, where they meet Lambton Quay.
National Library of New Zealand, corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets (across the road from the Cathedral and Parliament), . The library regularly holds exhibitions.
Turnbull House, Bowen Street (just across the road from Parliament Buildings). This imposing brick mansion now seems small and out of place amongst the surrounding high-rises.
The Old Government Buildings, with the cenotaph in the foreground and NZ Post headquarters behind.
Old Government Buildings opposite Parliament at 15 Lambton Quay. This is the largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere and the second-largest in the world. It is now the home of Victoria University Law School.
Old St Paul's, (one block east of Parliament). This was the Anglican center for decades. Superseded by the new cathedral north of Parliament, this one is popular for weddings and funerals.
Wellington Central Library, (in the city square, next to the information centre), . It's huge with great places to sit and read or if you bring your laptop to connect home via one of the city's paid-for wi-fi networks. Entry is free.