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The hidden gems and hipster hideouts of Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's cool creative capital has plenty to offer for chic weekend breaks. Visit the best bars on Cuba Street, feast on bagels and peanut butter on Eva Street, and jump from museum, to gallery to indie cinema in this hipster haven - Skyscanner New Zealand have got the lowdown.

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The best places to eat in Wellington

Moore Wilson’s, Te Aro

You’ve probably heard about the fact Wellington has more restaurants per capita than New York, so you know you’re spoilt for choice when eating out in the city. Moore Wilson’s is a New Zealand foodie institution, but it’s the pop-up food pods inside you want to look out for – recently they’ve hosted craft beer breweries, fresh doughnut pop-ups and held nut mylk tastings. There’s even a Chook Wagon for hot rotisserie chicken on the ground floor!

Best Ugly Bagels, Wellesley Street

If you’re looking for a real feast, Best Ugly Bagels on Wellesley Street make soft, hand-rolled and wood fired bagels with insane toppings. Think bananas, peanuts and maple mascarpone on top of a cinnamon and raisin base, or grilled Swiss cheese, marmite and pastrami. Of course, they offer traditional cream cheese and (locally) smoked salmon too.

Loretta, Cuba Street

And whilst we’re discussing the best places to eat in Wellington, Loretta on Cuba Street is also worth a brunch date (served between 11am and 4pm). The waffles are served with vanilla ice cream and bacon, and you can order a carafe of mimosas or Aperol spritz. That’s what Sundays were made for, really.

Wellington Night Markets, Cuba Street

If you don’t have time to visit Cuba Street on a Sunday morning, head on a Friday or Saturday night any time after 5.30pm for Wellington’s Night Markets. Ideal for wrapping up warm and enjoying crepes filled with Nutella in the colder months, and one or two beers before walking down Cuba Street on late summer nights. There’s usually live music, the shops stay open late and street food stalls aplenty.

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Havana Bar, Cuba Street

If you’ve meandered down Cuba Street through to Wigan, you’ve probably found Havana Bar – this is a tiny bar inside a pink house, neighboured by comparably grey offices. Naturally, they have some colourful cocktails on their menu as well as an established list of New Zealand wines. Bottoms up.

Little Beer Quarter, Edward Street

The little beer quarter is a hole-in-the-wall bar you can see from a mile off (the yellow wall definitely helps). Craft beer geeks can enjoy the local Kiwi brews, as well as the whisky menu behind the bar. It’s also a great place to line your stomach, as the gastro-pub meals are on offer every day of the week!

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Roxy Cinema, Miramar

For a calm night of films, food and drinks, the Roxy is perfect. They have a speakeasy-style bar downstairs and a traditional Art Deco style cinema for independent films, new releases and alternative events – check their calendar to see if anything takes your fancy. The Light House cinema on Cuba Street has similar events and it’s closer to the city centre.

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Pegasus Books, Cuba Street

Pegasus is one of the best second-hand book dealers in New Zealand, nestled into Cuba Street. Find a graphic novel, classic literature and collectables all under one roof (then enjoy your new buys with a coffee on Cuba).

Fix and Fogg, Eva Street

It sounds like it should be some sort of abstract art store, but in fact this is a laneway peanut butter shop on Eva Street, Wellington. Pop in to pick up a jar of Extra Crunchy or Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter.

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Matchbox Studios, Te Aro

Matchbox Studios is a shop, come café, come gallery, selling beautiful odds and ends like cookie shaped soaps, candles in milk bottles and chocolate coated grasshoppers. Not a spelling error – they retail tubs of snackable grasshoppers for $13 a tub. Crunchy. Find their beautiful studio on Cuba Street.

The best places to stay in Wellington

Wellesley Boutique Hotel, CBD

Wellesley is ideal for old school charm on a weekend break. Think free standing bath tubs, neo-Georgian interiors and Grand pianos in the lobby. The central location makes it ideal for business travellers too!

Museum Art Hotel, Wellington

This is where to stay if you really like your interiors, pillow menus and creative cocktails. Museum Art Hotel is located close to the Te Papa Museum, and it’s just a short walk away from the water. For a luxury stay in Wellington, it doesn’t get much better than this – especially if you enjoy their room service and spa facilities.

Ohtel, Wellington

The Ohtel is so chic that it’s previously been used as a background for editorial photoshoots. Of course, their hospitability attracts the guests in too – there are 10 spacious suites right on the harbour, perfect for couples or families who need their own stylish space.

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The best things to do in Wellington

Weta Cave, Miramar

Don’t have time to visit Hobbiton on the North Island? This is where you can find the props from all of the Lord of the Rings movies, Thunderbirds and Mad Max. That’s just the beginning though: get lost in the cave and you’ll find much more.

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City Gallery, Wellington

The city gallery is exhibition based, which means you can find a different artist or exhibit on whenever you visit. Recently, they have shown work from New Zealand born artist Francis Upritchard, hosted a special exhibit for ANZ family day and celebrated graphic art usually partnered with pop from the 60s. See their events to plan your next weekend break.

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Join us for fun, free art activities tomorrow, Sat 24th from 11am-4pm, ~ANZ Family Day ~ Explore exhibitions 'Sister Corita's Summer of Love' and 'Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs'. Activities throughout the day so drop by anytime. Make your own magnetic alphabet with artist Ruby Joy Eade (11am-4pm) Have a go at screenprinting (11am-4pm) Join a kid-friendly tour of the exhibition 'Sister Corita's Summer of Love' (12.30pm and 2.30pm) Catch new screenings fromSquare Eyes Film Foundation(11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm) Pick up a LOOk! card from the Art Cart to draw, look and make your way around the galleries Plus, don't forget to enter our drawing competition and be in win some great prizes. #family #free #whywellington #anzfamilyday #artactivities

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