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Guns & Butter: Wellington Travel Guide

The Wellington New Zealand Travel Guide is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.

Find the nerdy planning here. Find the picture preview here.

Here is the Wellington, New Zealand Travel Guide using the Guns & Butter methodology:

  • A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy
  • Anything on the line (Production Possibilities Frontier for my fellow economists) is an efficient use of your time depending on your tastes and preferences.
  • Anything inside the line is inefficient as should be avoided.
  • Anything outside is aspirational but may be impossible to do given the constraints of time and resources.
  • The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa.


Windy Wellington! Do you know that Wellington is the capital of New Zealand? Seriously, it isn’t Auckland. I’ve traveled near and far and have to say that Wellington is far. Just look at the Great Circle Mapper to see how far it is from the hometown of Flint.

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FNT-WLG on a380

I felt isolated and somewhat abandoned in New Zealand. The remoteness was unlike anything I’ve experienced. Even the Maldives felt more accessible. Not to belabor the point but Australians don’t go to New Zealand with great frequency.

Having said that, I had a great time in Wellington. While other cities like Queenstown and Christchurch are more scenic, there was still plenty to do for the three days that I was there.


Wellington is a party city. There is drinking along Cuba Street and clubs in the party area of Courtenay Place. By day there are pub crawls and by night there are more pub crawls. Saturday night was just as lively as Sunday night.

Irish Bar
Irish Bar
Local Beer
Local Beer
Drinking at the waterfront
Drinking at the waterfront

Botanic Garden 

Take the cable car up to the Wellington Botanic Garden for great views of the city and the beauty of New Zealand. After a night out, it’s nice to enjoy an organic buzz.

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Virtually straight up!
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View from the top
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From above
The Map
The Map
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Wellington Botanic Garden
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Smell the flowers
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More flowers
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And more flowers
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Nice place for a picnic

City Tour 

Walk through the botanic garden down to the city to observe the capitol and other weird buildings.

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This was happening
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The Beehive which is the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings

Oriental Bay 

Looking to go to the beach? Wellington is not the city for that. Oriental Bay is a small strip of sand right on the harbor suitable for a day of relaxing.

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Oriental Bay
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The beach
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I have regrets about my time in Wellington because I spent too much time asleep as a result of certain activities outlined above. I would have liked to have gone wine tasting like I did in Melbourne and lost less money sports gambling at TAB. Coming all the way from the United States to New Zealand and getting sidetracked by partying isn’t what a world traveler should do. Alas, it happens.

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I love TAB!
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A must photo-op

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