Heading to the windy capital city? Check out our favourite family friendly activities in Wellington for all budgets. The best bit – we know the weather can be a little bit wild, so have listed a few indoors options as well.

Te Papa

Te Papa has something for everyone, with a range of exhibitions and events that run all year round. Walk through the Te Taiao | Nature exhibits to discover New Zealand’s unique environment, or head to the larger than life Gallipoli exhibit for your history fix. Te Papa celebrates art, culture, music, history and more all in one impressive location.

Thrifty Tip: Te Papa also have a free School Holidays program – click here to find out more.

Weta Workshop

A Wellington and New Zealand favourite, Weta Workshops will take you off the streets of Wellington and into a different world entirely. From their movie making tours to their hands-on effects workshops, this backstage view into how Weta bring their imaginary worlds to life is a must visit for any movie buff.

Space Place at Carter Observatory

Have a budding astronaut amongst the ranks? Space Place at Carter Observatory showcases a range of virtual space experiences that are fun and educational. Learn about our galaxy and beyond through their virtual exhibits, galleries and full dome planetarium.

Thrifty Tip: The Wellington Cable Car heads straight up the hillside to Space Place and is a great transport option as parking is limited at the top.


This beautiful wildlife reserve is located less than an hour’s drive from Wellington and is a lovely day trip option for those wanting to get outdoors and connect with nature.  Explore the different habitats and the animals that reside there, have a warm drink at the café onsite and relax amongst the native bush surroundings.  Want a nature fix closer to the city?  Head to Wellington Zoo or Zealandia.

Thrifty Tip:  At certain times of the year there is a baby boom – head to Staglands between October and February to see the baby animals at play.

Wellington’s Playgrounds

They do say that you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and if it is a good day let’s get out and play!  Wellington has a number of great playgrounds scattered around the city, such as Frank Kitts Park, Central Park and the Botanical gardens.  Often accompanied by ice-cream van’s or one of Wellingtons iconic coffee carts, adults can relax with a caffeine fix while the kids burn some energy for free.

To start your family adventure in Wellington, book your vehicle here.

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