Things To Do with Kids in Wellington

With epic outdoor adventures, interactive museums and a walkable city centre, kids will have a ball in Wellington. Thanks to all the low-cost activities, parents will love it, too.

New Zealand's capital has stacks of things to do with kids. On the Wellington Waterfront alone, you'll find a long list of family experiences. Try Wellington Museum, Capital E, Frank Kitts Park, beaches, bikes and, most importantly, gelato.

Are the kids ready for some real adventure? Hop on the ferry to Days Bay to bike along the coast. Or ride the ruby red Cable Car to the Kelburn Lookout. We're just getting started!

Are you planning a trip to explore Wellington? Here are some of the best things to do with the family in the city to help you put together the perfect itinerary for a weekend (or even longer if you're lucky).

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Educational Activities

  • The Wellington Museum is always a kid favourite. Learn all about Wellington's maritime history through fun interactive exhibits.
  • Do your kids have a thing for outer space? Don't miss Space Place, a science centre with multimedia exhibits and a full-dome planetarium.
  • The Capital E children's centre is home to an epic playground with games and cool activities. Check the schedule to see live performances and participate in special workshops.


Parks and Zoos

  • Kids can't get enough of the Wellington Zoo. Don't miss the Close Encounters exhibits, where you can interact with giraffes, red pandas and more.
  • Frank Kitts Park is famous for its enormous lighthouse slide. Kids will love watching the helicopters take off from nearby.
  • Freyberg Beach Playground has an awesome rope climbing course and a miniature beach. With pretty waterfront views, it's a perfect place for a picnic, too.


Adventure Activities

  • Take a ride on the iconic Cable Car to the Kelburn Lookout. At the top, pop into the Cable Car Museum.
  • Take the ferry to Days Bay to see New Zealand's first lighthouse. For even more fun, rent an electric bike and zip around the pretty bay.
  • Get up-close and personal with New Zealand's fur seals. On the Seal Coast Safari, you'll drive in a 'seal mobile' on the beach and walk among the seals in the waves.

Created in partnership with Discover Wellington