Being at the tip of the North Island, Wellington features numerous cafes, bars with stunning waterfront views.
But for the best panoramic view in town, head to the No 1 Bistro, nestled at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens, and handily located next to the Cable Car. Formerly known as the Skyline Restaurant, this eatery offers jaw-droppingly good views of the harbor and city. At the time of writing, it is closed for renovation but the owners assure me that it will be open for business soon. The food may be casual dining, but if my last visit is anything to go by, the service and views are anything but. It's only three minutes from the capital's Central Business District by the historic Cable Car — or, if you feel the need to walk those calories off, then it's a 15-minute stroll down the hill, past Victoria University and dropping down into the city.