With school holidays just around the corner, Wellington offers some fun creative learning activities great for the whole family.
Ride the Historic Wellington Cable Car
Dating back over 100 years, the Wellington Cable Car is a great way to see the city with kids of all ages. Grab an activity passport when you arrive and the kids can receive stamps throughout the day. On the way to the top, the historic ride has incorporated three stops and tunnels filled with interactive lighting displays. You’ll be blown away as the lights change for seasons, holidays and special events. Once at the top, set your eyes on the panoramic views of the city and harbour from a magnificent indoor and outdoor viewpoint.
Across from the lookout is the free entry Cable Car Museum with two of the original cable cars and the original winding mechanism that powered the grip cars for a good portion of a decade. The kids will love learning about the creation and history of the iconic transport system. Afterwards, the kids can run around in the Botanical Gardens where there is a great playground.
Zealandia Sanctuary in Karori
The fully-fenced, 225 hectare Eco sanctuary is the world’s first of its kind. Zealandia offers outstanding educational opportunities for kids of all ages. Their handson environment is great for young minds to grow alongside rare and endangered wildlife within the park. Take a guided tour along the canopy covered trails where birds, lizards and plants are discovered from their camouflaged surroundings. Take a moment to listen to the birds singing. Some of the birds were thought to have been absent from the mainland for a century. Night tours are available to catch a glimpse of nocturnal creatures roaming about. Zealandia even has a free five minute shuttle from the top of the Cable Car to easily accommodate your family filled day of activities.
Space Place at Carter Observatory
Located only a two minute walk from the top of the Cable Car, Space Place is one of New Zealand’s most prestigious astronomical artefacts. The kids will be astonished by the vast galaxy of stars presented on the full-dome planetarium showing a variety of informational shows to entice their intuitive minds. Point out star correlations like the Southern Cross or keep your eyes peeled for shooting stars. You could even adopt a star and for years on when you look up in the night sky you’ll remember the amazing time you spent in Wellington.
When ducking off for school holidays, you want a place that accommodates kids, while being relaxing from the chaotic hustle and bustle known as parenthood. When choosing Wellington accommodation it’s ideal to book something near restaurants and the main attractions on your itinerary. Maybe even consider a hotel with a kitchenette to make breakfast and snacks easily before heading out on your adventures. Furthermore, a hotel with a restaurant or bar might allow you to duck away for some much needed adult time.
For your next family getaway, look no further than Wellington to get your family out in the sun, embracing nature and learning about the stars.