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14+ school holiday activities in Wellington

Entertain the kids this winter with our guide to the top holiday activities in Wellington.

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Check out our list of school holiday activities that will keep your children entertained for hours on end. We’ve included both paid and free things to do, and plenty of options that can be fun for adults as well.

Read on to find out more and get started on planning your school holiday itinerary.

Top things to do during school holidays in Wellington

Less than $50 | School holiday activities in Wellington

Forest High Ropes and Ziplining Adventure

Forest High Ropes and Ziplining Adventure from RedBalloon NZ

Children (and adults) can be just like Tarzan with a 3-hour aerial obstacle course that gets you up to 31 metres in the treetops. A good level of physical and mental fitness is required to tackle the different challenges along the way.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Porirua
  • Ages: No age restriction but must be 140cm or taller
  • Price: $30 (child), $45 (adult)

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Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car from Klook

Take a ride on the iconic Wellington cable car from Lambton Quay up to Kelburn. Before you return, talk a walk around the Botanical Gardens or check out the planetarium at Space Place (extra cost).

  • Duration: 7 minutes each way
  • Location: Lambton Quay to Kelburn
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: Return ticket $4.25 for children and $8.45 for adults

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Kapiti Island Eco Experience Day Trip

Kapiti Island Eco Experience Day Trip from RedBalloon NZ

Spend much of a day exploring Kapiti Island with its native birds, walking tracks and peaceful beaches. You might be lucky and spot a whale.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Location: Boat departs from Paraparaumu
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $40 (child), $80 (adult)

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Weta Workshop’s There and Back Again Tour

Weta Workshop’s There and Back Again Tour from RedBalloon NZ

This tour gives a glimpse into what it’s like to create physical effects, props and costumes for big Hollywood films.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Tour departs Wellington CBD to Miramar Peninsula
  • Ages: All ages, but children 12 and under must be with a paying adult
  • Price: $42 (child), $68 (adult)

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More than $50 | School holiday activities in Wellington

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Family Tour

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Family Tour from RedBalloon NZ

Take the whole family to Zealandia for an educational guided tour through the sanctuary valley.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Waiapu Road, Karori
  • Ages: All ages, but moderate fitness is required
  • Price: $110 for 2 adults and 3 children

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Electric Bike Hire

Electric Bike Hire from RedBalloon NZ

If your kids don't have a bike at home, you can hire one from the Wellington Waterfront and explore the city. It's a great way to stay active during the school holidays and makes for a great family day out.

  • Duration: Whole day
  • Location: Wellington city
  • Ages: All ages but height requirement is 145cm
  • Price: $75

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Fly by Wire

Fly by Wire from Groupon

Does your teen have an interest in flying or being a pilot? Treat them to a self-propelled flight experience these holidays.

  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Location: Tunapo Road, Paekakariki
  • Ages: 15 years and over
  • Price: $79

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Cinema Experience for 4

Cinema Experience for 4 from RedBalloon NZ

If the weather is less than ideal, check out a new release movie. Four adult tickets are included but teenagers 15 years or older can attend.

  • Duration: 1.5 - 3 hours depending on movie
  • Location: Location: Any Event cinema
  • Ages: 15 years and over
  • Price: $60 for 4 tickets

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Wellington Food Tour

Wellington Food Tour from RedBalloon NZ

Have a foodie living in your household? Discover hidden gems right in Wellington during a food tour with a local guide who will take you around to some drool-worthy food spots.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Wellington city
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $195

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Free things to do in Wellington over the winter school holidays

  1. Spend an afternoon at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa and take your time checking out the six levels. Here you can find the world’s largest squid, animal and bird specimens plus New Zealand culture and history exhibits.
  2. Stroll through Wellington Botanic Garden.
  3. Find out what free school holiday programs are being run at Wellington City Libraries, or sign your kids up for their own library pass.
  4. Get those legs working by taking a walk along Oriental Bay and then up Mount Victoria. It may be steep but it feels great when you get to the top.
  5. Take a tour of Parliament if you have budding politicians in the family. Tours are run between 10am and 4pm daily and you can see the debating chamber, banquet hall, grand hall and more.
  6. Head out on the Red Rocks Walkway to see the seals. It’s a two-hour walk so make sure you wear comfy shoes and take plenty of water with you.

See the latest Wellington school holiday activities deals

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Things to do in Wellington from $21

Available on select dates and activities like tours, kayaking, zoo and animal interactions, spas and more.

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Klook Klook

Up to 10% off things to do in Wellington

Available on select 2020 dates. Activities include tours, cable car rides, transfers, helicopter flight experience and more. T&Cs apply.

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New Zealand activities from $89

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