Originally posted as a guest post from Kerry-Ann I am featuring this post again as my contribution to Blog4NZ.
This is a guest post from Kerry-Ann, my friend and fellow travel blogger at Audacious Freedom. Thank you Kerry-Ann, for being a guest poster here at Budget Travelers Sandbox.
Experience the best of Wellington on a low budget…
On the southern point of the North Island tucked between a dramatic harbour and bush clad mountains you will find Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. One of Wellington’s unique characteristics is its compact CBD. This means those all important activities such as shopping, eating, cultural activities and relaxing on the beach are within walking distance of each other. It is this characteristic that allows Wellington to combine city life with wildlife adventures.
1. Enjoy the spectacular harbour
Waterfront walk way along Oriental Bay
On a calm day hire a kayak and head out into the harbour. This is the best way to experience the full beauty of Wellington. Soak up the cityscape and dramatic mountain while watching out for unexpected visitors and you may just see a little blue penguin, stingray or an octopus. If you choose to go kayaking don’t arrive in denims they won’t let you out! If you prefer staying on dry land, take a stroll along the waterfront. From Oriental Bay you will get awesome views of the city. If the numbing of your body in the sea (which locals call swimming) isn’t appealing then across the road is a shop full of delicious creamy Italian ice cream to cool yourself down with instead.
2. Ride the Cable car to the top of the Botanical Garden
Wellington Cable Car
For those who love views, catch the Cable Car from the bustling business precinct to the top entrance of the botanical garden. At the summit nosey around the Cable Car museum before walking over to the lookout point and taking in the stunning views. If you are not in a rush, take a wander through the Botanical Garden – it is free. Enjoy the nature trails, the herb garden, the duck pond and the rose garden. If all this walking has tired you out then stop for a drink at the cafe in the Rose Garden and savour the atmosphere. This is also a good place to find those much needed toilets! From the Rose Garden back to the business precinct is a 10 minute walk.
3. Exploring New Zealand’s cultural diversity
Te Papa: Level 4 Espresso Cafe
Don’t miss the most popular and biggest museum, Te Papa. It is free (though donations are appreciated) to explore this fascinating building that houses the country’s most precious treasures. The imaginative (and sometimes cheeky) exhibitions tell of New Zealand’s diverse history, bringing the stories to life through interactive exhibits and technology. If you feeling peckish there is a well stocked, busy cafe on the ground floor or if you looking for somewhere quiet to relax with a drink and something sweet to eat then head up to the Espresso Cafe on level. Let Wellington, voted the coolest little capital in the world by the Lonely Planet, captivate you with its ability to combine fine dining, shopping, cultural events, galleries and history with the simple pleasures of a seaside paradise. Wellington knows how to steal hearts and before long you could be dreaming of living here too…
Kerry-ann Edge: I am an entrepreneur, Internet Marketer, foreigner,
traveler, hybrid-nomad, and home maker. My blog Audacious Freedom
(http://audaciousfreedom.com) is a diary of the highs and lows, the
personal growth, challenges, obstacles and triumphs I have had, as I
have learned to be flexible and adapt to life on the move, from
traveling to international relocations.