Families visiting Wellington have plenty to experience and explore at the destination. The capital city of New Zealand is home to numerous attractions and activities to cater to every age, interest and taste. If you are planning to spend some time with your kids in Wellington, check out these top notch family friendly spots.


Museum of New Zealand Te Tapa Tongarewa

Commonly known as Te Tapa or Te Tapa Tongarewa, this is one attraction that must be there on the itineraries of travellers planning a family holiday in Wellington. Adults can explore the diversified culture of New Zealand by admiring the permanent collections, whereas exhibits like NatureSpace, PlaNet Pasifika and StoryPlace will keep kids busy. Many family-friendly events also mark the significance of the museum as a popular attraction in Wellington.


Zoos often show up in the travel plan of families. While in Wellington, you cannot afford to skip Zealandia, a wildlife sanctuary located a few minutes from the Downtown. A trip to this sanctuary offers an opportunity to know about various species of animals and birds endemic to New Zealand in addition to a wide range of reptiles and insects. If your kids are over 12, consider being a part of the night tour called ‘Zealandia By Night’ to take a look at various nocturnal creatures such as little spotted kiwi, tiny Maud Island frogs and tuatara.

Botanic Gardens

Botanic Gardens are sure to make your trip to Wellington worthwhile. In addition to the famous native bush, spectacular gardens and various species of flowers, the Sculpture Trail at the gardens makes for a popular highlight for the visitors. Follow this trail to admire the incredible sculptures created by notable Kiwi artists. For kids, a visit to these gardens is an opportunity to know more about nature and its conservation. The authorities are planning to build a specific Children’s Garden to educate youngsters about plants. Opt for the Wellington Cable Car ride to reach Botanic Gardens while admiring the captivating natural beauty of New Zealand.

Carter Observatory

Most kids have lots of questions concerning the universe. The Carter Observatory in Wellington is sure to answer many such questions. That’s why this planetarium is a highly sought after attraction among families. It is located at the top of the Botanic Gardens and hosts an array of interactive exhibitions to educate visitors about the science of the Southern Skies. Some of the popular topics covered in the museum are the Big Bang, scale of the universe, black hole, space rock and the Maori story of creation. Plan an evening tour on Tuesdays and Saturdays to be a part of public telescope viewing.

Adrenalin Forest

This adventure park is your chance to satisfy your cravings for aerial thrills. Tarzan swings, rope bridges and flying foxes are just a few of the many exciting features of Adrenalin Forest. Jaw-dropping activities are available for all age groups. This heaven for adventure seekers is just 20 minutes’ drive from the CBD and is also blessed with picturesque beauty.

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