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.
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!
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.
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.
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.