If you don't like wind...
Wellington's now known for it's weather but even a grey day can be beautiful. Enjoy the waterfront, here with Te Papa museum to the right. More waterfront. Prose from local authors features all along the waterfront. While exploring the waterfront, let the kids run wild at this popular park.
Hire a kayak and explore the waterfront by sea. There are many ways to dine on Wellington's waterfront: try Dockside or a food truck. Get some culture at Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand.
Soak up the atmosphere in rough-and-ready Cuba Street, and make sure to admire Wellington's famous-in-New-Zealand bucket fountain. Enjoy the coffee culture. Wellington's greatest contribution to civilisation is Whittaker's chocolate: locally-made, yummy and available just about everywhere.
Wellington's a great town for walking (shoes: Charlotte Olympia). Take the kids to the zoo. The otters are always popular, if a little smelly. Try the fab French goodies at Louis Sergeant.
Nearby Upper Hutt is New Zealand's craft beer capital so grab some brews at the supermarket or bottle store. Enjoy views of Wellington from the top of the Cable Car. If the queues to get down are a little long, walk back to the city through the Botanic Gardens. At night, hit the town: this is Dirty Little Secret, a fab roof-top bar with great views of the city.
If you've got a spare hour, do a tour of Parliament or have lunch on the lawn outside. If you do just one thing to 'appreciate' the weather, check out the wind-powered sculptures around town, like this one on Lambton Quay which moves in the wind. The lush, art-filled Museum Hotel is a good accommodation option.
Jump on the ferry to Day's Bay and enjoy sandy beaches, good swimming, and pizza and ice cream at the Pavilion. It's even gorgeous at night.
Updated: 10 June 2017