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.
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