Tastes of Wellington that will leave you hungry for more

From excellent eateries to the people behind the plates, Wellington’s burgeoning food scene makes the city a must-visit – here are the best places to eat and drink.

View of a town in Wellington from a cable car ride
  • Lachean Humphreys
  • May 2018

8am: Breakfast at Olive

Start the day in the best way possible: with a lavish eggs Benedict and your choice of brekky cocktail at Olive.

10am: Stop at the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa

The national museum, features an enormous permanent collection to check out, including the awesome earthquake house, at Te Papa.

12pm: Lunch at Prefab

Enter this light-filled, rustic-style hall and be assailed by the aroma of fresh, house-made pastries and breads at Prefab. On the rotating menu, think laden seasonal salads, home-style pies and lavish sandwiches – all complemented nicely by a glass of local wine. There’s also a “bottomless” coffee option on offer, made from house-roasted beans.

2pm: Walk it off

Take in panoramic views of the city, harbour and suburbs from Mount Victoria lookout, the end point of a 25-minute trek through bushland from the mountain’s base.

3pm: Visit the Weta Workshop,

A 45-minute tour of Weta Workshop gives you a behind-the-scenes look at award-winning creative design and effects, from outstanding work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies to The Chronicles of Narnia and Godzilla.

The waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand
The waterfront in Wellington, New Zealand

6pm: Relax at the waterfront

Back in the city, recline on beanbags at Karaka Café with a New Zealand-brewed beer or cider in hand and take in the view over the waterfront lagoon.

8pm: Enjoy a leisurely dinner at Havana Bar

Begin a sweet, smoky and spicy food journey with a cocktail and classic Spanish bites in the bar at Havana. Move across to the vibrant restaurant for the tasty tapas menu and dine alongside zealous chefs at work in the open kitchen.

A daylight top view in the harbour of New-zealand.
Harbour front in Wellington, New Zealand

11pm: Wander along Courtenay Place

After dinner, Courtenay Place is the plate to go for bars, clubs and late-night dining options in the heart of Wellington’s nightlife.