1. Walk – everywhere. If the weather is nice, walk along the waterfront, visit the underground market or Te Papa. Ramble up Cuba Street. Stop at a café or bar along the way for something to eat or drink
2. Night Market – We had dinner at a restaurant, but we also then walked through the Night Market on lower Cuba St as we headed back to our hotel. The lights, smells, giftware, and atmosphere were awesome, even on a cold night
3. Relax – Wellington is a great city to take things slow in. Te Papa or the Wellington Museum are both great for exploring (and even more so when you don’t have a kid in tow, so can actually read the information panels). Take some time to unwind in the hotel pool – or if there isn’t on, head to Freyberg and treat yourself to a soak in their spa.
4. Waterfront Markets – fresh produce, and Wellingtons famous food trucks. Whats not to like?
We made the mistake of not making a booking for Saturday dinner around 6:30, and spent an hour trying to find somewhere that had offerings I could eat, and would seat us. We wound up having dinner at the Bangalore Polo Club, nabbing a bar leaner and stools. Simple food done well at a really reasonable cost, we’d totally consider going again.
Sunday morning we headed to an old favourite of Joes Garage. The potato hash with eggs didn’t disappoint, but the hollandaise was a bit sickly rich for my tastes. The caramel thickshake was a meal on its own.
We opted for the Comfort Hotel on Cuba Street, booked through the Entertainment Book. We got a really excellent rate, the staff were friendly, we got extra towels when we went to the pool. The room was comfortable and clean. Our only complaint was that the rooms are single glazed, and Cuba St is not a quiet place on a Saturday night / Sunday morning, so I didn’t sleep well. Take earplugs if you’re a light-ish sleeper like me.