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Wellington for families

Wanaka, New Zealand
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Wellington for families

Hi everyone,

I've finally decided to take advantage of cheap airfares and have just purchased some return flights to Wellington. Later this winter we will be arriving in Wellington early on a Friday morning and leaving late Saturday evening. So essentially we will have 2 full days to enjoy the sights.

It's been years since I visited Wellington, and I've never visited with a child. So I'm after any advice you can give me on visiting Wellington with a family. More specifically:

1) Apart from the obvious (Te Papa, Zoo, Zelandia, Cable Car), are there any must see attractions for a family with a pre-schooler? We particularly love inexpensive places to go for short walks.

2) Any great kids playgrounds or family friendly cafes?

3) Which hotel is better located - Rydges or the Copthorne? Both have good family packages.

4) Lastly, what's traffic like between the airport and the waterfront about 8am on a Friday morning? If awful, are there any great attractions/cafes etc near the airport we could go to spend an hour or two while the traffic dies down?

Thanks so much everyone :-)

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11. Re: Wellington for families

Thank you everyone. You all make excellent points and have given me plenty of food for thought. Will keep thinking about the whole car thing for a few more days.

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12. Re: Wellington for families

I've just remembered, there's also a playground in Waitangi Park (very close to the Copthorne) which has a kiosk selling coffee right beside it.

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13. Re: Wellington for families

Thank you Selsy. Very helpful!

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