Backpacking in Wellington, New Zealand for 2 days

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!

YHA Wellington 4 bedroom female dorm
YHA Wellington 4 bedroom female dorm
YHA Wellington 4 bedroom female dorm's toilet
YHA Wellington 4 bedroom female dorm’s toilet

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.

Weta cave trolls
Weta cave trolls
My preciousssssss
My preciousssssss
The Smaug miniature version
The Smaug miniature version
King Kong
King Kong
Bilbo Baggin's legs
Bilbo Baggin’s legs
Bilbo Baggin's feet made of silicone
Bilbo Baggin’s feet made of silicone
Weta Cave
Weta Cave
Weta cave trolls
Weta cave trolls

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!

Mt. Victoria lookout point
Mt. Victoria lookout point
Mt. Victoria lookout point
Mt. Victoria lookout point
Mt. Victoria lookout point
Mt. Victoria lookout point
Mt. Victoria forest
Mt. Victoria forest
Mt. Victoria forest where they filmed some LOTR scenes
Mt. Victoria forest where they filmed some LOTR scenes
Mt. Victoria forest where they filmed some LOTR scenes
Mt. Victoria forest where they filmed some LOTR scenes

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.

Cable Car
Cable Car
Old Cable Car
Old Cable Car
Old Cable Car
Old Cable Car
Wellington's Botanic Garden
Wellington’s Botanic Garden
Wellington's Botanic Garden
Wellington’s Botanic Garden
Wellington's Botanic Garden
Wellington’s 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.

Te Papa Museum
Te Papa Museum

Te Papa Museum Te Papa Museum

Murder House AKA the Dentist' Clinic
Murder House AKA the Dentist’ Clinic

Te Papa Museum Te Papa Museum Te Papa Museum Te Papa Museum

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