By James Cook
I have been living in Wellington for about 6 months now and have witnessed the changing of the seasons here. I have done 2 top 5 lists for this city as the winter is so vastly different to the summer that it is like you are in a completely different city. So without further adieu here are my top 5 things to do in the winter in Wellington.
Te Papa means the earth in Maori and is the national museum for New Zealand. It is located in a huge earthquake proof building on the waterfront. Consisting of 5 floors they often host talks and classes. Best of all this museum is free! Another draw is the fact that they have free refills on coffee in the ground floor cafe and there is free internet (ok maybe not that surprising if you are from any European/North American country but in New Zealand internet is like gold!)
2.See a film.
Wellington to New Zealand is Hollywood to America. The film industry here is big business and what better place to watch a film then one of the old style movie theaters. The best one is the Embassy theatre, it was where the world premier for the 3rd Lord of the rings film was held and is very grand. Your other option if you are staying in the centre of Wellington is Paramount. It is also very grand and has an ace little cafe which leads directly to my next point.
3. Go to a Cafe
I have been here for 6 months. This is a small city. I have not even been to a 3rd of the cafes that Wellington has to offer. The cafe per capita ratio here must be among the top in the world! The cafe I go to the most is Meow but recently I have been going to one called Fidels. It is at the top of Cuba Street and makes the greatest milkshake I have ever tasted (Snickers thick shake)!
4.Soak up some high culture
Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. It is also the Arts capital, proof of this lies in the many theatres and countless art galleries dotted around the city. The 2 biggest ones are the national Gallery and the City Gallery. As for the theatre if you walk along Courtney place you will see 3! There are also lots of live music events and every Monday at the Fringe bar there is a live comedy night.
5. Go eat something
Like any good city wellington has a plethora of great eateries. From budget food courts to places where it costs hundreds of dollars and everything inbetween. The restaurants here do not leave much to be desired (strangely though almost every other place seems to be Malaysian!).
At the moment you can also go to pretty much any bar and watch a game of rugby as the World Cup is being hosted here!