Wellington, New Zealand can be a rough and spiky mistress of a city when the weather is blowing a gale and the rain is coming down. On a good day though – as the locals will often remind you – it simply can’t be beat. Here is our guide to capturing the city’s most Instagrammable spots.
What do you get after a run of films as successful as Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar and The Hobbit? Well, you naturally get compared to Hollywood, hence Wellywood – a beautiful and not-so-witty combination of Wellington and Hollywood. And with this glitzy new title comes a sign to mirror the one in the Hollywood Hills. It’s an Instagram fave – albeit a bit of a cheesy one.
Hey, if they’re good enough to have the famous Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr pose in front of for The New York Times, then they’re probably good enough for your Instagram feed.
Literally setting the words of writers and poets about Wellington in stone, pick which of this Writers Walk series along the waterfront best captures your impressions of the city and whack in on the ‘Gram.
Oriental Bay is just a hop, skip and jump from the city, and a hugely popular spot when the sun shines in Wellington. The golden sands, city views and harbour backdrop make for great Insta shots. It also has a couple of the tastiest cafes in Wellington. Refresh yourself with a gelato from Kaffe Eis.
Wellington might not have the biggest and flashest airport in the world when you compare it to places such as Dubai, Singapore and Los Angeles, but it might just have the coolest. How many other airports have giants eagles swooping though them? Or have a 13-metre, one-tonne Gollum making a grab at enormous trout swimming through the airport? It’s no wonder this airport gets so many hits on Instagram.
Decorated in a range of sculptures, a traditional bridge this is not. Allow time for a couple of visits to the City to Sea Bridge connecting Civic Square and the waterfront – as the sunlight moves through the sculptures, the area can completely change.
Snap up a feed while you snap some pictures when you visit this awesome and trendy spot. Hannahs Laneway has been transformed from a dull side street into a thriving hub of culinary craftsmanship. Taste your way from boutique peanut butter to craft soda, stop for pint of local beer and admire the street art and installations while you’re there.
This towering memorial honours over 300,000 Kiwis who have served their country through the African War, World Wars One and Two and other conflicts. If you can make it here to witness the ANZAC Day service, it’s well worth the trip. Save those Insta snaps for when the service is over, though.
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