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Known to be a bustling harbour and busy port once upon a time, Wellington Waterfront is now the charming and the gorgeous promenade extending from Frank Kitts Park to Taranaki Street in Wellington, New Zealand. Boasting of gorgeous views of the skyline and separating the central city from the sea, the spot is a major tourist attraction owing to the pleasant atmosphere and the availability of several activities and recreational games at the site. The entire promenade is home to historical and modern elements which add to the appeal of the place. From the statue of Kupe to the existing textures of the wharf structures and the wharf furniture, all make the Wellington waterfront an eclectic and exciting place in the city. The promenade is also a common place for activities like skating, riding a bike or walking. You can also go paddle boating or motor boating inside the waters. Besides, the amazing artwork along the waterfront only increases the aesthetics of the place. In addition to that, you can find several restaurants, cafes and bars dotted around the promenade or across the road from it, that can cater to your hunger pangs. Other than serving delicious food, these places also have amazing view alongside.

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Things to Do at Wellington Waterfront

  1. The promenade or the Wellington Waterfront is a lengthy stretch of land which is ideal for skating, roller skating, or riding bikes. All of these can be rented from Fergs Kayaks. Fergs Kayaks is situated in close vicinity on the Wellington Waterfront itself and offers activities like cycling, inline skating, roller blading and rock climbing etc. itself in addition to renting out skates and kayaks etc.
  2. Hire a two or four seater crocodile bike and enjoy a bike ride from Oriental Bay to Kumutoto. You can pick up these bikes from the kiosk at Clyde Quay Wharf.
  3. You can also go boating in the inner harbour of the sea. Get a paddle boat or a pedal boat or simply a motor boat from Fergs Kayaks itself and you are all set to go.
  4. Spot the famous sculptures like the Solace in the Wind by Te Papa, Water Whirler by Frank Kitts Park and creative slab of concrete that form the Writer’s Walk. 
  5. The Frank Kitts Park also has a beautiful park for the kids where they can run around and play. The highlight of the park is the lighthouse slide which the kids enjoy the most.
  6. Another park is also situated on the waterfront which is called Waitangi Park. This one also has exciting slides, swings and skate ramps etc.
  7. You can also find several diving planks and platforms where you can volunteer to take a dip in the sea. There are several centres that can be found on the waterfront itself which can help you dive right in and with sufficient safety measures.
  8. There is also a great viewing platform jutting out onto the sea which is also a popular picnic place. The platform, which was originally a band rotunda, was converted into a bathing pavilion in 1937 which offers enchanting views of the majestic horizon and the gorgeous sea.
  9. Another option is to sit and relax on any of the several benches laid out at the promenade and soak in the stunning views from the waterfront.
  10. Eat at any one or more of the several restaurants and cafes built by the waterfront. Aside from the amazing food, you can also enjoy an amazing view and watch the world go by.

Events and Festivals at Wellington Waterfront

There are several events and festivals celebrated at the promenade of the Wellington Waterfront which include Waitangi Day celebrations, Southeast Asian Night Market, the Positively Pasifika concert, dragon boating festival, and Chinese New Year, as well as the Guy Fawkes fireworks. You can also organize an event at the site. In case you wish to do so, you can get in touch with the management at the official website and make a prior appointment.

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