Walking Welly - Street Art, Laneways and Chocolate

Updated: Jun 25

We spent the afternoon in New Zealand’s capital city today. There is so much to do here but this used to be our hometown, so we’ve done a lot already! Today we picked a few of the things that have arrived since we left.

It’s Matariki, the first time New Zealand has acknowledged it with a national holiday. The parking is free and there’s plenty of people about - Welly is a vibe today.

We’re on foot so we grab lunch at Rosie's and begin a loop of the city.

Rosie’s Red Hot Cantina - has such a good feel! Down on the waterfront, it’s packed full of people, the music is pumping, and with its wall to wall graffiti art, there’s plenty to look at. We go for the tacos and MJ’s favourite Mexican soda, Jarritos.

Shopping - after lunch we head through the city, starting at Lambton Quay, up Willis Street, through Manners Mall, and into Cuba Mall. These streets are lined with all of the most popular stores. Allow a bit more time, even though we weren’t planning to shop, we end up shopping!

Cuba Mall - iconic to Wellington with its rainbow crossing, pedestrian strip, bucket fountain, and mix of eclectic stores. MJ loves the comic book shops, Boardertown, and Cerberus Games round the corner.

Laneways - the old Hannah’s footwear factory is home to lots of cute little eateries. We visit the Wellington Chocolate Factory (WCF) and sample some of the hand crafted artisan chocolate of offer. We watch the chocolate being mixed through the glass and enjoy looking at the huge selection bars. WFC offers different chocolate making experiences, including one for juniors. They also do vegan chocolate. We buy a bar of coconut chocolate which is delicious. Stunning packaging too.

Street Art - Wellington has so much street art and and awesome sculptures. Some are easier to photograph than others! These are some of our favourites.

I’m in Wellington - get it? This new sculpture sign is on the waterfront, near Te Papa and is definitely a great shot for the gram! It’s missing the letter "I" so that you can stand in the middle of the sign to become the "I" for your photo.

It's true what they say, you can't beat Wellington on a good day.

⁃ Kiki and MJ x

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