What is the best way to see Wellington in a day?

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Jeff Fleisher

If you’re trying to cover Wellington in just one day, Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend you get up early, and enjoy a flat white (foamed milk and espresso) or other caffeinated drink in a packed cafe. Take a walk along the waterfront. Stop at Te Papa and spend a few hours touring the National Museum—this is one of the best places in New Zealand for a crash course in the history of the country and the culture of the Maori people. After that, take the Wellington Cable Car, a charming vintage funicular, from Lambton Quay up to the Botanic Gardens for a long stroll. Walk downhill to the Parliament Beehive for a short tour of the building, then enjoy a quick meal across the street at the Backbencher. If you have time, head to ZEALANDIA wildlife sanctuary in Karori to see native birds and enjoy the outdoors, before coming back downtown. Hike or take a bus to the top of Mount Victoria around sunset for the most spectacular view of the city. After dinner, take a walk along the harbor and finish the night at a bar or club on either Courtenay Place or Cuba Street. 

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