Best of Wellington

A SELECTION OF SOME OF THE BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO WHILE YOU ARE IN WELLINGTON.

THE BEST ETHICALLY-SOURCED CHOCOLATE FIX

Dedicated to producing organic, ethically traded, chocolate of the highest quality, Wellington Chocolate Factory (WCF) is New Zealand’s first ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate factory open to the public. WCF’s chocolate story starts with meeting the farmers and bringing to the factory the best single-origin beans from across the globe. Then they roast, crack, winnow, conch and temper – you can watch them do it! – producing batches of strong, luscious organic chocolate. Every bar has a story to tell and WCF ask Kiwi artists to add their own dash of inspiration to the chocolate bar wrappers – making for beautiful products that you’ll admire before you devour. Located in the heart of Wellington city, WCF is Fairtrade certified and has won many awards including Supreme Cuisine Artisan Awards for 2016. WCF also offer a wide range of artisan truffles and the best hot chocolate and milkshake with vegan options in town.

Where: 5 Eva St, Wellington

Contact: Wellington Chocolate Factory

THE LARGEST SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE EXPO

Everything you need to live a greener, cleaner and healthier lifestyle. From organics, beauty, health and wellness to eco-home and living – there is something for everyone at the Go Green Expo Wellington.

Daily seminars and workshops will allow you to hear from industry experts and ask questions, while a selection of food and beverage providers will leave your mouth watering for more. With the move to a more sustainable lifestyle now a key focus of most peoples lives, this is your chance to find out more. A show not to be missed!

When: 11-12 November 2017
Venue: TSB Bank Arena, 4 Queens Wharf
For more information: GoGreenExpo.co.nz

STUNNING ARTISAN WOOLLEN HEIRLOOMS

Unique in the world, Stansborough Mill uses the rarest wool in New Zealand to traditionally create stunning collections of exquisite textile pieces. Using time-honoured skills on historic 1890s looms, they weave and design collections for blockbuster movies (LOTR, Hobbit to Goodbye Pork Pie), interior designers, super yachts and high-end lodges.

Discover Petone’s hidden treasure and experience the nostalgia of a bygone era in an historic textile mill. Take time to enjoy a tour, where you will see some very famous wool, get to know inspiring artisans and hear the story of determination to save a rare sheep breed. Be wowed by the magical journey from the paddock through to the silver screen. Visit the Gallery shop, a unique opportunity to purchase inspirational, sustainable, luxurious blankets, throws, scarves, accessories and authentic movie memorabilia; 100% Pure NZ, natural and chemical free. VIP tours, evening functions and soirees by appointment.

Open: Mon–Fri, 9am to 4.30pm
Venue: 68 Fitzherbert St, Petone, Lower Hutt
Tour Bookings: By arrangement only, minimum numbers apply at set times info@stansborough.co.nz or phone +64 4 566 5591

Contact: Stansborough Mill

COLOURFUL & ENGAGING STORIES OF WELLINGTON’S HISTORY

Nga Heke is the newest exhibition at Wellington museum, showcasing different perspectives of Wellington’s colourful history. Journey through stories of Maori migration to Wellington, look at quirky objects of Wellington’s past and consider alternate histories. The objects on display each have their own story and connection to the Wellington region. From the Evergreen Coffee House sign to the effigy of Archibald Baxter, this collection reflects a social and cultural history of Wellington that’s fascinating, weird at times, but always engaging. There are also Alternate Histories – where we play with history and offer a choice of two different historical possibilities. You decide –and vote!

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Contact: Museums Wellington

WALKING TOUR OF WELLINGTON’S HIGHLIGHTS

Wellington is known for being a compact and vibrant city, and Walk Wellington gives guests a personal introduction to the heart and soul of the city. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable local guides will show you the key historical and cultural sights and reveal stories about Wellington’s past, present, people and places – with insights that you won’t find in the guidebooks. The easy-paced 2.5 hour walk begins at the i-Site Visitor Centre (look for the guide in green). You’ll visit historic sites including Old Government Buildings, Parliament grounds, the Supreme Court and Old St Paul’s. Walks depart at 10am daily, rain or shine (except on Good Friday and Christmas Day). Walkers are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Personalised group tours can be arranged to suit any size group; please email at least 4 weeks in advance.

Where: in front of the Michael Fowler Centre,111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Contact: Walk Wellington

Cost: Adults $20, children 5–16 years $10