Standing between the North and South Island is Wellington where the fast-paced business life meets the laid back countryside. While the northern hemisphere sweats, geographically vivid Wellington is exposed to the roaring westerly winds, sandy golden beaches of Kapiti and mountains of the Remutaka ranges. Whether you’re looking to sunbathe or hike, Wellington in March is, in the true sense of the word, the perfect option!
Wellington Weather In March
With the average temperature shuffling between 11 and 15 degrees and unexpected showers all year long, Wellington in March is wet and windy. While the sun shines over the city for the most part of the day and the temperature hardly crosses 25, you might find yourself asking if printed shorts would be a good idea? Well, No! Here’s why – as the windiest city in the world, the Wellington weather in March definitely does not like to see much skin. If that fun fact, got you wondering what to wear in Wellington in March, why not stick to the classic jeans, graphic t-shirt and a hoodie?
Top 10 Things To Do In Wellington In March
With the outfit on point, let’s get you out and show you around, shall we? Here are 10 kinds of activities you can indulge in during your visit to Wellington in the month of March:
1. Cuba Dupa : Join the locals at the carnival
New Zealand’s version of the carnival, brings to the streets tantrums of the tiny tots, gossip of the grown-ups and spirit of the senile. As one of the most celebrated events in Wellington in March, Cuba Dupa definitely tops the list if you want a culture affair without the weirdness of being an outsider. Sip, spice, or sound - whatever you are looking for, Cuba Dupa promise an extravagant supply of your demands. Get lost and get weird is the only right way to describe this 2-day celebration of life.
Location: Cuba Street, Wellington
Dates: Last weekend of March
Entry fee: Free
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2. Waitangi Park : Dance like no one’s watching at the Homegrown Festival
While the world is busy making a fuss about summertime blues, Wellington knows how to beat the blues. Filling the air around Waitangi Park with rhythms from reggae and rock are the homegrown Kiwi artists. Being one of the most awaited Wellington events in March, Homegrown deserves every last bit of the Instagram attention it attracts. You don’t have to know the Skinny Hobos or make small talk about the BlindSpott’s break-up as long as you are ready to scream your lungs out and sweat out the excitement, you will fit into the local underground music scene just fine.
Location: Waitangi Park, Wellington
Tip: You can buy the tickets here.
3. The Weta Cave : Unlock the fandom secrets
Where are the geeks at? Well, they are here! From zombies and goblins to dragons and BFGs (Big Friendly Giant), experience the virtual world come to reality at the Weta Cave. Snap a selfie with a life-size sculpture of Gandalf or learn how to fight a troll, with guided tours and an exclusive documentary screening, this place is for the creatives. Get inspired to ideate, design and build your own superhero fiction with extraterrestrial monsters and alien forces. For the severely obsessed, regular workshops are held here too.
Location: 1 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington
Timings: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry fee: Free
4. ZEALANDIA : Lose yourself in the wilderness
If you think you’re the next Louis Armstrong, it’s time to look around the wonderful world of ZEALANDIA. Sheltering the country’s rarest and endangered species, this carefully fenced sanctuary is the first in the world to extend the human hand of synergistic living to nature. Strolling around this Wellington valley transports you to a pre-human era of chirpy cuckoos and grunting frogs. If Darwin’s theory is any true, we are sure to witness some biological evolution and this place would be the birthplace of it. Dich those textbooks and come and watch history repeat itself!
Location: Waiapu Road, Karori 6012, Wellington
Timings: Monday to Sunday - 9 AM to 5 PM | Last valley entry - 4 PM
Tip: You can buy your tickets here!
5. City Gallery Wellington : Soak in some artsy vibes
Fearless strokes and vibrant color palettes are a routine observation at the City Gallery of Wellington. Promoting the art of today, the gallery warmly welcomes budding Kiwi artists to showcase their unique exhibits and earn some attention. If you like your art traditional, head to the galleries dedicated to Maori and Pacific Arts. For a quick bite, you can stop at the gallery’s cafe, Nikau, for chic interiors and all day breakfast options. This one is sure to make your followers J-E-A-L-O-U-S.
Location: 101 Wakefield St, Wellington
Timings: Monday to Sunday - 10 AM to 5 PM
Entry fee: Free
6. Carter Observatory : Discover the origins of life on Earth at the Space Place
If you thought star gazing was surreal, wait until you enter the Space Place in Wellington and witness what the iconic Thomas Cooke Telescope can bring to light. Get sucked into the wonders of the Black Hole or find out about the rocks on the moon, the interactive galleries at the Carter Observatory are every child’s dream come true. For the fiery pirates, this is your chance to sail with Māori, navigating the vast Pacific Ocean using nothing but the stars. Say “Aye” when you are ready!
Location: 40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn 6012, Wellington
- Tuesday and Friday: 4 PM - 11 PM
- Saturday: 10 AM - 11 PM
- Sunday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry fee: $12.50 for adults | $8 for children | $10 for seniors and students
7. Night Market : Steal some souvenirs
What could be more fascinating that a walk in the moonlight in a street filled with local artists displaying their creative side while you hog away local deliciousness and pick up trinkets that New Zealand is famous for? Wellington’s Night Market is nothing short of absolute delight! Grab some ice cream and walk the night away haggling with locals or just experience the varied cultures that call the “coolest little capital” home.
Location: Friday - 116 Cuba Street, Wellington
Timings: 5 PM - 11 PM
Entry fee: Free
Tip: The market is organized at Lower Cuba Street on Saturdays.
8. Lambton Quay : Hop on Wellington’s infamous Cable Car
Getting on public transport in an unknown city might be a risky idea but Wellington likes to do things differently. Starting at in the city center, this cable car ride is as vintage as gets. Often described “touristy”, the quaint red colored cable car gives you the true feel of walking around Wellington without having to step out. While to and fro rides are available, why not step out and watch the sunset at the Botanical Garden on your way back?
Location: Cable Car Lane, 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington
- Monday to Friday: 7 AM - 10 PM
- Saturday: 8:30 AM - 10 PM
- Sunday and public holidays: 8:30 AM - 9 PM
Return trip ticket prices: $9 for adults | $4.50 for children | $20 for families
9. Wellington Chocolate Factory : Get sugar high on the streets
While the vacation spirit takes control, lose your senses to the aroma of crushed cocoa beans. Walk through the process of chocolate-making at the Wellington Chocolate Factory or stop and grab a freshly made golden crisp waffle smothered with chocolate sauce and nutties. We are not judging! Whatever may be your guilty pleasure, you are sure to find it around the block. Gym rats, this is the place to be on your cheat day.
Location: Te Aro, Wellington
10. Oriental Bay : Shed that holiday weight with Crocodile Biking
Winter is the season of warm blankets and hot chocolate! And while we don’t mind the snuggling, the lack of sunshine can be responsible for that growing belly. What if your sightseeing experience could help shed those extra calories? The Enormous Crocodile Company rents both small (2-3 seater) and large (6-seater) sized bikes that you can peddle around the city. Get those thighs toned as you explore the waterfront of Oriental Bay. Unlimited group gossip and selfies are free with the croc-bike ride.
Starting price for rentals: Small bike - $18 | Large bike - $30
With your to-do list ready, it is time to start packing your bags and chase the adventure awaiting you in Queensland in March! Make sure you book your trip to New Zealand from TravelTriangle for the most memorable holiday experience and great deals on customized packages. Know of any more things one can do in Wellington in the month of March? Pop them in the comments section below.
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