Culinary Capital

Pop into the city or plan a Wellington long weekend. Whether for a quick bite or a long night, there is always something on to satisfy your appetite in the culinary capital.

From undercover atriums to outdoor surroundings, visitors can get a taste of local produce and products from Wellington’s wide range of boutique weekend markets. To sample local flavours and pick up some gifts for those left back home, head to the markets or take a stroll down Hannah’s Laneway. Right in the heart of the city, this laneway is salted caramel, chocolate, craft beer, coffee, handcrafted soda, pizza and peanut butter heaven, it is without question the tastiest laneway in New Zealand, and quite possibly the world.

The capital is home to a number of purveyors of delicious beverages. And just over an hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington city, you’ll find the wine-growing region of Wairarapa, home to over 20 wineries. If that’s not all, over two weeks in August Wellington is transformed into foodie heaven, as it hosts New Zealand’s largest and most creative culinary festival – Visa Wellington On a Plate. This celebration of all things food and drink involves more than 100 restaurants and serves up a feast of dining events, burger battles, pop-up eateries, cocktail contests and of course, innovative and delicious cuisine from Wellington’s top restaurants and cafes.