Top 10: Things to do in Wellington

22:45, Feb 20 2013
Leftbank food market
NIGHT MOVE: Lily Kao has set up the Wellington Night Market, in Left Bank Arcade off Cuba St.
Matiu Somes Island
Matiu Somes Island
Kapiti Mountainbike
Happy trails: Makara Peak is a popular mountain bike spot.
Parliament
Seat of government: There are free tours around Parliament.
Wellington waterfront
Fun times: There's plenty on offer around Wellington waterfront, where there's even a diving platform.
Gelato
There's nothing better than strolling round the waterfront eating gelato.
Mt Vic
Picture perfect: The view from Mt Victoria.

Welcome to Wellington, students. We want you to enjoy your time in the capital, so we've compiled a list of things you can see and do here.

Te Papa: It's free, has plenty of interactive exhibitions and is a great place to explore on Wellington's rare rainy days.

Gelato: Wellingtonians love gelato. There are many gelato places around the city, including in Cable Car Lane, Courtenay Place, Oriental Pde and on the waterfront.

Somes Island: The historic reserve is just a ferry ride away. Learn about the wildlife and when it was a human quarantine station.

Mt Victoria. Trails criss-cross the hill just to the east of the city. A favourite place for runners and mountain bikers.

The lookout has a 360-degree view of Wellington. It's a great spot for taking a panorama photo on your smartphone.

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Arts scene: Many theatres, galleries and bars have student deals or free events.

Check out our weekly Gig Guide for what's on around town.

Waterfront activities: Paddleboating, rollerskating or blading, kayaking, more. All about $10 or free.

Markets: Great bargains to be had on crafts, fruit, veges, eggs and meat. Locations all around the city including Newtown, Hill St, Cuba St and the waterfront.

Coffee: Wellington is the coffee capital of New Zealand.

There are loads of different coffee brands established right here. Why not try Cafe L'affare, Mojo, Coffee Supreme, Havana or Flight?

Mountainbiking trails: There are plenty of good year-round trails in Wellington, including Makara Peak, Hawkins Hill and Polhill.

Parliament: Free tours. See where the action takes place and decisions are made. Some great history there, too.

The Wellingtonian