City Scoop: Wellington

23 December 2015
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New Zealand's capital city sits on the Cook Strait and offers a range of unique experiences from dining and sightseeing, to exploration outside the city limits.

With so much to see and do, it's best to have a local guide. We asked James Dobson, fashion designer at Jimmy D, for his insider scoop on Wellington, including one well-kept secret.

 Catch the tram to see Wellington in all its glory


Nikau Cafe – I’m obsessed with good scrambled eggs and this cafe does the best around. Creamy eggs, thick toast and crispy bacon with a nice strong flat white – it’s a great start to a day exploring the capital!

After Dark

Ancestral – Head out the back to the garden bar, take a seat on the heated concrete benches, grab some yakitori and get the knowledgeable staff to recommend a wine or sake.


City Gallery Wellington – This is a beautiful building with some really progressive exhibitions that showcase inspiring international and local art.

 Visit Wairarapa's rugged coast on a day trip (Image: Getty)

Day Trip

Wairarapa – The 1.5-hour train trip will take you through the Rimutaka Range, emerging in Wairarapa. Wine tours can be organised and will take you from Featherston station to the vineyards surrounding Martinborough.

Secret Tip

Insider info – Hit The Service Depot to check out Children of Vision; it’s a store-within-a-store with the best local and international clothing around.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Wellington.

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