The Guide to Luxurious Stays in Wellington
If you’re travelling New Zealand for a special occasion or just prefer to travel in style, it’s well worth staying around Wellington for a while to soak in the luxury experiences. From helicopter excursions to exclusive tours of the city’s popular museums, Wellington has a range of unforgettable activities for the luxury traveller. Complete your days here with fine dining experiences and by retreating to one of the city’s impressive luxury hotels. Find out more about how you can make your stay in the capital exceptional with this luxury guide to Wellington.
10 Luxury Activities in Wellington
- See Wellington from a whole new perspective on a helicopter tour
- Tee off at one of Wellington’s prestigious golf courses
- Get some retail therapy at Wellington’s designer boutiques
- Visit the Wairarapa wine region with a day tour in Martinborough
- Try fine whisky at Wellington’s reputable whisky bars
- Join an exclusive night tour of the Zealandia eco-sanctuary
- Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Logan Brown, Whitebait and more
- Browse the city’s thought-provoking art galleries
- Amp up the Te Papa Museum experience with a museum tour
- Enjoy an evening of movie-making at dining at a boutique cinema restaurant with Weta Workshop
For more information on each activity, see our 10 Luxury Activities in Wellington.
Luxury Activities in Wellington
Looking for a special experience in Wellington? These activities will do the trick!
Take to the skies and discover some of the stunning scenery surrounding Wellington. Wellington Helicopters offers a range of deluxe tours. Fly to the Whaekauhau Country Estate set among lush countryside and rolling hills where you’ll indulge in a five-course gourmet lunch including New Zealand wine. Alternatively, explore the outskirts of Wellington, including its seal colonies, the Cook Strait and the Karori Rock Lighthouse on the Wellington South Coast Discovery tour. Learn more about Wellington Helicopters on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Did you know that Wellington has its own wine-making region? Discover it for yourself on a day trip to Martinborough in the Wairarapa. This European-style wine village is packed with cellar doors and wineries to indulge in. Make your own itinerary using our 10 Exquisite Vineyards & Wineries in Martinborough and hiring a bike with Green Jersey Cycle Tours in Martinborough to get around – more information on Viator and Tripadvisor. Alternatively, join Zozo Travel for their half-day wine tour departing from the Wellington city centre i-SITE. Find out more about Zozo Travel on Viator and Tripadvisor.
With 27 golf courses across the region, Wellington is a golfer’s dream. Hit prestigious courses like the Royal Wellington Golf Club located alongside the stunning Hutt River. Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on the Kapiti Coast offers tee-ers the chance to play over dune lands on a course that has hosted the New Zealand Open over 12 times. See more golf courses worth checking out in our 21 Best Golf Courses in New Zealand.
Finally, visit one of Wellington’s most popular attractions at the most exclusive time of the day: at night. The Zealandia by Night Tour is a guided night tour through the eco-sanctuary for native birds. Look out for the elusive kiwi bird, see beautiful glowworms and enjoy a guided tour of Zealandia’s interactive museum. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Luxury Dining in Wellington
New Zealand’s coolest little capital is packed with eateries and foodie experiences. Treat yourself to some of the finest dining experiences by booking a table at the fine dining restaurants.
One of the most renowned eateries in town is Logan Brown, set in a historic banking chamber on Wellington’s iconic Cuba Street. The restaurant has an ever-changing menu to keep in tune with the latest dining trends, using sustainable and local ingredients. Book a table for Saturdays for their five and seven-course degustation sessions.
Fresh seafood is cooked in a Josper charcoal-fired oven for mouthwatering meals at Whitebait. This seafood restaurant has a prime position on the Wellington waterfront. The lamb dishes and desserts are also well worth indulging in if you’re not feeling fishy.
See more recommendations in 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Wellington.
All-weather Luxury Activities in Wellington
As you may find out during your visit, the weather in Wellington doesn’t always play ball. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few activity suggestions that you can enjoy in any weather.
An easy go-to is to browse Wellington’s contemporary boutiques. Wellington offers plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy, from New Zealand designers to vintage finds. Recommendations include Caughley on Ghuznee Street, offering 28 international brands for women. ENA also on the same street is where you’ll find some of the latest pieces from New Zealand’s up-and-coming designers. Ziggurat on Cuba Street holds an array of men and women’s high-quality vintage finery. Try other New Zealand-designer stores too, like twenty-seven names, Karen Walker and Kowtow.
For gentlemen, seek out some of the city’s whisky bars to wet your whistle. Hawthorne Lounge on Tory Street serves up well-mixed cocktails and favourite whisky brands. The Portlander on Whitmore and Featherston Streets is also a must for whisky-lover, not only serving sumptuous steaks but more than 100 brands of whisky.
Finally, check out some of the city’s most fabulous art galleries, from the reputable City Gallery Wellington, known for its architecture and transformative spaces for pieces, to hidden gems like White Cube on Cuba.