We stayed in the Quality Hotel for one night on our way out of NZ, and chose the location so we could check out Cuba Street. It's very different from the rest of Wellington, and we really liked its eclectic style. Sure, there was dirt, the occasional beggar and some closed shops, etc, the sort of thing you expect in any urban environment, but we loved the sense of being in a place that had grown organically over many decades. And sure, decades rather than centuries, so it's a New World rather than Old World perspective I'm offering. I can definitely understand how some people wouldn't get the attraction. But the gelato at Kaffe Eis was spectacularly good, the bucket fountain was fun, and the walk to the waterfront and back was always interesting
On the negative side, we were a little disappointed in the range of restaurants available (as we had expected a lot more) but the one we finally chose, the Rasa Malaysia, served very tasty food (if rather slowly for those who ordered dosai) at quite cheap prices. The bottle shop further down the street towards the waterfront also seemed very reasonable to us.
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