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Enjoy a fun-filled family holiday in Wellington

Take the hassle out of planning a family holiday by adding these three family activities to the top of your must-do list.

Family holidays can be a bit of a challenge. Trying to keep kids of all ages happy, engaged and entertained can be a bit of a slog. Your youngest just wants to sit around and play with toys while your eldest is mad keen to get out and see everything. Luckily, Wellington is just teeming with all kinds of fun adventures to make planning your family adventure in New Zealand a whole lot easier.

Here are some of our favourite family activities in New Zealand's capital.

Wellington Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car has been helping visitors enjoy beautiful views over the city for over 110 years now. Hop aboard the cable car at Lambton Quay and enjoy the slow climb to the top of the Kelburn Lookout. The journey itself is great fun and once you reach the top the Botanic Gardens are a two minute walk away, allowing a great chance for your young ones to run around and blow off some steam. A family return ticket on the Cable Car is just $19.

Wellington Cable Car

The Carter Observatory

Before you make the return trip on the Cable Car be sure to pay a visit to the Carter Observatory, located in Kelburn. A range of interactive displays and a digital planetarium will have kids and parents marvelling at the wonder of space as you learn all about the planets and stars that make up the universe. A family ticket costs between $37 and $55.50, depending on the size of your group.


Wellington Zoo is a must-see attraction for any nature and wildlife loving families. But there's another great attraction that should be high on your list too. Zealandia is a unique wildlife sanctuary just 10 minutes from the centre of the city. Featuring a host of native birds and reptiles such as kiwi, tuatara, kaka, the New Zealand falcon and a whole lot more. Enjoy a long nature walk around the natural environments and get an up close look at some of the country's fascinating animals.

A Moa at Wellington's Zealandia