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20 awesome things to do in Wellington

A few months ago marked our one year anniversary of living here in lovely Wellington.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a local yet but I have come to feel at home in this city and seen more of its tourist offerings than any other part of New Zealand. And most parts of the world, come to think of it!

So today I’m going to put my knowledge of the coolest little capital in the world to good use. Read on for my list of top things to do in Wellington, including plenty that are 100% free!

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An afternoon in Russell, Bay of Islands

I get such a kick out of the fact that Russell was formerly known as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific.’

I’m sure its unsavoury past fully justified the label, but it’s just so incongruous with the quaint, historic port town as it stands today!

I enjoyed my first visit so much that I jumped at the chance to hop on the ferry and head back to Russell when we returned to Northland last December.

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Fairytale Ainokura in the snow

As soon as I first read about the gassho-zukuri thatched houses in Ainokura, I knew we had to squeeze in a stay at a traditional minshuku guesthouse there. It might seem out of the way when you look at the rest of our east to west itinerary, but I’m so happy I made that call. It turned out to be my favourite part of our time in Japan!

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