Located on the south-west tip of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is often referred to as the coolest little capital in the world. This city is great for families to visit as it is home to many places where children can play, learn and be entertained without older family members getting bored.
Only a short walk from the cable car is Space Place at Carter Observatory, home to Wellington’s planetarium and museum for astronomy. Discover the science, history and mythology of New Zealand’s night skies through watching one of several informative short films or walking through the multimedia exhibition at the full-dome planetarium. Space Place is situated at Wellington’s Botanic Garden and is open during the day from Tuesday to Sunday as well as on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) for those who want to stargaze.
Visit Oriental Bay, one of Wellington’s most beautiful beaches and the perfect spot for some fresh air and a picnic. Take a breather on the beach and look out onto the bay as ships come in and out of the busy harbour while children can play on swings and slides close by. The best spot for a picnic with nearby playground equipment is the Freyberg Beach playground or Waitangi Park, both located along the Oriental Bay parade.