Quality Hotel Wellington
223 Cuba Street
Phone: (64) 4 3852156
Fax: (64) 4 3828873
Strapped into a two-seat metal bench between two crane towers attached to bungy cords that throw you 100 feet into the air may not be everybody's idea of fun but it is an experience that you will never forget. This adventure situated right in the entertainment sector of town is controlled by an electric console and all safety features are observed. If you have ever wanted the bungy experience without jumping, this could be the thrill for you. Admission: NZD35 per person.
Shoot 'em up and shoot 'em out at this games parlor that offers a great game for kids who like the noise and excitement of the space age. Arm yourself with a laser gun, a suit that lights up when you have been shot, an alien nest to invade, an opposing team to pit your wits against and a maze to fight your way through and all kids, big and small, will have lots of fun here.
Seal Coast Safari is a great way to get up close with the wilderness of New Zealand and that too just minutes away from downtown Wellington. The Safari includes wild goats, pet ostriches and often even wild horses and of course the star feature, the seals. Friendly guides provide you with ample knowledge and startling facts about the life of these creatures. The Safari departs from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Center at 10a and 1.30p daily and is for about three hours after which you are dropped back to the center.
New Zealand's premier cricket ground, the Basin was originally planned as a small boat haven to be linked to the harbor by a canal. An 1855 earthquake raised the surrounding land by one meter and the Basin was laid out as a cricket oval to the delight of a century of cricket lovers from all over the world. Watching cricket "on the bank" on a balmy summers day is a wonderful experience. The National Cricket Museum is also sited at this facility. Every December the grounds are home to the magical Christmas celebration Carols by Candlelight.
Housed in a quiet corner of the wonderful Museum of New Zealand this venue has been specially designed for 2 to 5 year olds. Children are welcome to come along with their parents or care givers and explore the natural environment created here through play and creativity. There is something for everyone with storytelling, drama, puzzles and games. Sessions must be booked and are held regularly throughout the day. Groups are catered for so keep Story Place in mind when organising the next birthday.
There is no better place to learn windsurfing than windy Wellington harbour. Internationally qualified instructors (RYA) will provide lessons at all levels of attainment and at your own pace. New Zealand has provided many Olympic champions at windsurfing and while you may not emulate their deeds you will still have a lot of fun trying. Lesson times are by arrangement and include board and wetsuit hire.
Not just a library, this is one of Wellington's most distinctive and exciting modern buildings. It houses a fabulous collection of books, newspapers, magazines, videos, tapes and compact discs spread over three large floors. There is a wonderful children's corner which offers Pre-School Story Time and on the mezzanine floor an excellent cafe and bookstore. You will find ample parking below the building and all sorts of interesting contemporary New Zealand art around it. Admission is free.
The Evening Post ferry, operated by this company, provides commuter and leisure transport to the Eastern bays. A day excursion is highly recommended for a unique perspective on the city, harbor and its environs. Watch out for dolphins. The ferry departs from Queens Wharf and stops at Somes Island before continuing to lovely Days Bay.
Fergs Kayaks provides rock climbing for all ages in a safe and secure indoor environment. New and experienced climbers alike will enjoy the challenge. The cost includes the use of a harness. Make sure you have someone with you over the age of 12 for the belay. After climbing try kayaking or in-line skating around the Wellington's wharf and lagoon. The exhilarating activities are such sheer fun to be doing that it is a definite that you will come asking for more.
Ride the waves without getting your feet wet, jump with a skateboard without the risk of falling off or ski in a downhill race without touching snow: all depending on the game available. Risk life and limb without risking life or limb in flesh at the Time Zone arcade with many of the latest games. You can also engage in traditional games like: shooting arcades, car races and air hockey. Children will love the Chocolate factory with a candy treat waiting for them at the end of their game. Indulge in popular games like Battle Gear 4 Driver, Tekken 6 and others and lose yourself in the thrill of the play! Check website for further details.
Open only during the five months of summer and autumn, Thorndon Outdoor Pool's delightful 30-meter uncovered pool is right in the heart of the city. Only minutes from the commercial center and the new stadium, this is an ideal place for a quick workout in the water. Changing rooms, lifeguards and vending machines are services on hand at this reasonably-priced facility.
Minutes from downtown by bus Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre offers a variety of pools. From paddling pools for the tiny tots to a 10-meter diving board, kids and adults alike can have a great day out. Lane swimming and aqua jogging are always available and one of the children's pools often has inflatables for the kids and an over-the-pool swing (supervised by a lifeguard). There is a cafe, an outside area for sunbathing, picnics and barbecues and a swim shop.