Here’s a summary of things to do on a budget in Wellington, New Zealand.
1. Short of cash? Can’t drive? Book yourself a trip via Manabus . This new bus company offers trips around North Island in very affordable way. I booked myself a roundtrip ticket from Auckland for only $13. What else did I get from this trip? Cofee, tea, biscuits, ice cream. They also have wifi, power outlet and a toilet in the bus! Yes, for only $13.
2. Can’t afford a flashy hotel? Don’t mind sharing room with other travelers? Stay at YHA Wellington Hostel. I stayed at a 4-bedroom female dorm with private bathroom for $31 a night. This hostel is also a five minute walk to Te Papa museum and just a minute or less walk from Courtennay place. New world supermarket is in front of the hostel too!
3. Do you love The Hobbit? Lord of the Rings? Want to know how they create props for movies? Visit the Weta Cave but make sure you book a tour online first before you go there. I did a self drive tour which is $24 for 45 minutes. This tour will explain how they make stuff for the movies. Cool eh? How to go to the Weta Cave? Take bus 2 and drop off the last bus stop and then walk to the Weta Cave. PS. You can’t take photos while on the tour but there are some pretty cool stuff outside like trolls where you are allowed to take photos of.
4. Hungry? Would you spend $10 for a steak meal? Yes, I did at The Establishment Bar. They also have 5-8pm happy hour with $5 drink deals! $15 for a dinner, why not?
5. Wanna go for a walk? How about hiking? Don’t worry you don’t need a hiking shoes or a guide. Just take a bus to Mt. Victoria and then walk yourself back to the city. No trolls in the forest, promise! Just an awesome view of Wellington!
6. Feeling like a tourist? Want to experience Wellington’s most popular tourist attraction? Head to Lambton Quay and book one way ticket ($4.5, $7 for a return) towards Kelburn via Cablecar. Check out the lookout point and visit the Cablecar Museum. You can also take short walk to the Botanic Garden.
7. Of course you don’t wanna miss New Zealand’s Nationa Museum – Te papa. No admission fee but some areas would require some cash.