Want to explore Wellington, be active and have some fun as a family? These child-friendly activities will tick all those boxes and they are all within easy reach of the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay.
Go on a Discovery Walk
A great way to get acquainted with the city is a tour with Walk Wellington. Their local guides have been ambassadors for the city since 1999 and have earned Walk Wellington a top ranking on TripAdvisor. Discover the history, culture, landscape, architecture and weather of this vibrant city during an easy, two-hour stroll. Tours leave from Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at Civic Square – a short jaunt from your hotel – and run every day except Christmas and Good Friday.
Ride Like the Wind
Take a break at the top of Wellington. Credit: Switched On Bikes
Biking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and see the sights of New Zealand’s capital city. Follow the waterfront path from your hotel to Switched On Bikes and start your city tour with Ryan and his team of professional guides. There's no need to feel intimidated – these bikes are electric and are suitable for most fitness levels. This is a good one for older kids as there is a minimum height requirement of 155cm and basic bike riding experience is required. Start off on the flats of the waterfront before heading up to Mount Victoria for photo opportunities of Wellington.
Hike up a Hill
Cable car heading to the lookout above Wellington. Credit: Jeff McEwan
The best view comes after a hard climb. However, hiking up Mount Victoria is challenging yet doable. It's only 1.5km from your hotel to a lookout that rises 196m above the city streets. Grab your camera, pack a picnic and make a day of exploring the trails through Charles Plimmer Park on your way to the summit.
Want the view without the climb? Head to Lambton Quay and hop on the historic Wellington Cable Car for a five-minute ride to the top of Kelburn Hill. Kids of all ages will love the LED light show as the cable car passes through two 100m tunnels. Once at the top, enjoy panoramic views and a wander through the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum, Space Place at Carter Observatory and Zealandia Sanctuary before returning to sea level.
Fancy a game of cricket on Oriental Bay? Credit: WellingtonNZ.com
Wellington may not be a classic beach destination but there is a nice little beach at Oriental Bay. This family-friendly beach offers safe swimming and golden sands for building castles or a game of cricket. If the weather is not cooperating, try the nearby Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre for some indoor splash time.
Wellington may be a great place for business but it’s also a gorgeous city that offers many ways for your family to have fun together while on holiday if you know where to look.