Travel // Weekend in Wellington

After recently having a long weekend away in Wellington, I thought I would share with you what I got up to in my weekend away in one of my favourite cities in the world!

I have to apologise for lack of photos, for a chunk of time I was taking photos and I didn’t realise I was missing my SD card – rookie mistake Laura.

// Saturday 3pm – Check in
This weekend I stayed at Gourmet Stay in Wellingtons CBD.  Named after the district it’s in, I was excited to stay here and try out the nearby cafes and restaurants.  I checked in and sorted myself out before heading out into the rain to wander the local streets of beautiful Wellington. 

Weekend away in Wellington

// 5pm – Pamper Time
I treated myself to a mani + pedi at Spring Spa. This place is off the charts! All of my blogger friends recommended it and I can definitely see why – it’s damn pretty and the staff are so friendly and accommodating. My hands and toes were feeling super relaxed and pretty and ready for a night out.

// 6pm – Cocktails!
Rhiana, from Kasey & Co, is one of my faves in Wellington.  Library Bar is a bar that I missed out on coming two last time I was in Wellington, so we headed there before our dinner reservations. It’s such a eclectic and moody space. Probably not the best spot for a first date… Perfect for a pre or post movie or show drink.

// 7.30pm – Rhiana time aka Dinner
Rhiana booked us into Chow for dinner – a restaurant after my own heart.  As we walked in it smelt amazing. On Saturday nights they have two for one cocktails which we definitely took advantage of.  We rolled out of the restaurant hours later with happy tummies.

// Sunday 9am – Coffee on deck
After a good nights sleep I woke up pretty early, I blame daylight savings. My room came with a beautiful deck and hot tub, unfortunately the hot tub wasn’t working while I was staying, but I took full advantage of the deck on the sunny Wellington mornings. Coffee in the warm sun and morning blogging at it’s best.

Weekend away in Wellington

// Sunday 11.30am – Brunch time
After sprucing myself up a bit, Dani (from Danipohlod.com) and her husband popped over and we went out for brunch. My favourite meal. We walked over to Fidel’s Cafe on Cuba street and enjoyed some delicious food and great banter.  We all ordered their chicken on waffles, with plenty of syrup – so sweet and soooooo good!

// 1pm – See the city
After brunch, I wandered down Cuba Street to the waterfront to soak up some sun. It was so pretty down by the water, there were markets on lots of people and plenty of buskers. I love how approachable and centralised everything is in Wellington.

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// 3pm – Coffee and kola and chocolate
One of my goals for this trip to Wellington was to goto as many cafes as possible. As most of you know I help organise #brunchclub events in Auckland, and for a few months this year I helped the welly babes out by contacting and booking #brunchclub events down here from Auckland. Let me tell you, in organising those events I got some serious cafe envy, so I had a wish list of cafes that I just had to visit before leaving.  I checked out Six Barrel Soda and the Wellington Chocolate Factory before heading back to my hotel room to put my feet up after a few hours of walking!

Weekend away in Wellington

// 5pm – Treat Yo Self
Annnnnd I’m back at Spring Spa. While I got my mani + pedi I looked over their treatments menu and decided that I deserved a little more relaxation…. hehe. I booked in for their Fabulips treatment along with a traditional full body massage. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a relaxing massage before. I left feeling blissful and amazing and I totally could’ve gone for a nap.

// 7pm – Dinner
By this time I feel like all I have done is eat in Wellington, but I have been walking too so that is totally fine… right?  A group of us went along to Pan de Muerto for dinner and enjoyed great mystic Mexican food!  The service and food was amazing, along with the many margaritas we all enjoyed!

// Monday 9am – Coffee
So I didn’t get to as many cafes as I would’ve like yesterday so this morning my aim was to head to one before meeting my Grandma. I went down to Enigma on Courtney Place, while the staff weren’t super smiley the coffee was probably the best I had all weekend. The decor reminded me of my teens, which made me fall in love with it and Wellington even more.

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// 11am – Family time 
My grandma and uncle live in Wellington, and I can’t come all this way without saying hi!  After my coffees I walked up to House of Dumplings and grabbed two of their lunchboxes takeaway to take over to Grandma as she couldn’t get out that day.  The staff at HoD were super helpful – there’s so much to choose from and it’s a little overwhelming. I got there in the end and it was totally worth it – I can’t wait to come back.

// 5.30pm – Bloggers Catchup!
This weekend was filled with seeing and meeting bloggers so why not end it with a bang – I rocked up to Five Boroughs for ‘after work’ drinks and enjoyed the company of bloggers Sarah, Hannah and Bella. I love, so much, how my life has been influenced and infiltrated with amazing bloggers, my best friends are people i’ve met through blogging.

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// Tuesday 9am – Brekkie
Bit of a early morning to make sure I checked out in time to have one last cafe stop in Wellington before my flight. I walked over to Egmont Street Eatery, just off Dixon St. The decor for this place is so sleek – loved it! Also the food was perfect. I grabbed their vegetarian cornbread and beans – I’m not sure what was in this but it was damn delicious, highly recommend. These guys also have won a best burger award, of which I wanted to be keen to try for breakfast but decided against it. On my way back to the hotel I stopped in for another coffee at Southern Cross which was beautiful in the early afternoon sun.

Weekend away in Wellington

// 11am – Bye welly!
Heading to the airport in an Uber I felt happy yet sad. I really love Wellington, and the bundle that comes with it. Thanks for having me!

Wellington – for those of you that don’t know – is New Zealand’s capital city. I’ve been so Wellington a handful or three times, and for the longest time wanted to live here. While now-a-days I don’t think I could leave Auckland for a smaller city, I really do love the sense of community that Wellington city has and wish there was more of that in Auckland.

Look out for another travel related posts soon that feature my favourite beauty and skincare products to take with you when travelling! 

What are some of your favourite things to do in Wellington?
What is your favourite Welly cafe?
xx Laura

8 Comments
  • You visited so many of my faves as well as places I still need to check out! Sounds like a fantastic trip. #nailedit

    • Thanks Sarah – It was such a great trip. Where are some of your favourites that I didn’t get to?

  • That looks like a great trip! I really want to head back there.

  • Sounds like you had a fab time and definitely visited a lot of my favourite places. Enigma will always be my number one though!

    • Yay! Thanks Loz it was such a good time. Where are some of your other favourite places – you know, for next time?

  • I love Six Barrel Soda & I’ve booked Gourmet Stay for a night when I fly to Welly in a few weeks! Gonna have to check out that spa…

    • Eeee! That’s so exciting! You’ll love Gourmet Stay, it’s in such a great spot and is perfect for short and long stays!