5 of the best family friendly activities in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is a vibrant and culturally rich city with much to discover. From divine dining to quirky art and decor, there’s so much to look forward to when you visit Wellington. While adults may be mesmerised by the lively aura of this metropolis, children, the tougher critics may need a little more convincing. To help keep them busy whilst enjoying the essence of Wellington we have listed our top 5 family friendly activities in Wellington.


Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa is idyllically situated in the heart of the city facing the iconic Wellington waterfront. It’s interactive experience driven displays makes Te Papa, a museum like no other. Discover the history of New Zealand and dive deep into the inner workings of Maori history and culture. The interactive games in the kids zone will keep both young and old engaged indefinitely. General admission is free, so take a look, there is something for everyone.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience

Zealandia is a unique wilderness experience set around a serene reservoir, just minutes from downtown Wellington. Track through stunning native bush and encounter rare and beautiful flora and fauna such as Tui’s (native bird) and Tuatara (a relic from the time of the dinosaurs) and many more. Take a night tour and try your luck at spotting the endangered spotted kiwi and other nocturnal creatures. Have the freedom to explore the things that interest you at your own pace at Zealandia.

Zealandia - The Karori Sanctuary Experience

Weta Cave

Take a peek behind the curtain of a multi-award winning design studio, Weta Workshop. This guided tour will take you through their Workshop and give you a glimpse of how they made famous movies like Lord of the Rings and Avatar come to life. Get a close look at props and models used in movies at all stages of the design process.Touching is encouraged and the stories of your guide ids This is a light fun, experience enjoyed by movie lovers of any age.

Weta Cave

H20 Xtream Waterpark

Take the kids out to H2O Xtream in Upper Hutt for a splash of exhilaration and copious amounts of fun. With 3 hydro-slides, various activities, wave pool and chill out zone, everyone in the family will be thoroughly entertained.

H20 Xtream Waterpark

Wellington Zoo

The Wellington Zoo is situated a short 10 minute drive from central wellington home making it an ideal day time activity. Wellington Zoo is a magical place of learning and fun, leaving visitors with a sense of wonder and respect for nature. With over 500 animals, spread across lush green land. Be captivated by cute and cuddly bears, silly monkeys, regal lions, insects and invertebrates… there is so much see at the Wellington Zoo.

Wellington Zoo

There are infinite amounts of activities worth experiencing in Wellington. For more laid back families a picnic in the Botanical Gardens or a day at the Oriental Bay is a perfect way to wind down and take in the natural beauty of New Zealand’s Capital. If you have more ideas on amazing family friendly activities in Wellington, please comment below.

Campbell Bevan is Founder and Managing Director at Amazing Accom.

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Comments (2)

  1. Erica says:

    such a great list! having lived in Wellington for a number of years, I’d agree that there are litterally another hundred things you could add to it – Cuba St Market, the Petone Esplanade, Eastbourne, Mt. Victoria, Lyall Bay… the list goes on. this is an excellent starting point, thanks so much for kickstarting my memories!!

  2. I’d agree with Erica’s additional list. There is just so much to do in Wellington and surrounds. Bring it on!

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