Following on from Saturday’s suggestions
Start the day with a walk into town along the waterfront to Chaffers’ market for fresh produce straight from the market gardens of Otaki. You could get breakfast here at the food trucks and stalls, or in the Chaffers market building, or just grab a coffee now and save your appetite for Cuba St (recommendations below).
Wander back into the city down Courtney Place to secondhand bookstore Arty Bees for some new to you reading material. They have a seriously impressive range of genres and titles, and the staff can actually tell you without looking whether they have something in stock or not.
Now you are really hungry, turn into Cuba St. You are faced with a multitude of choices for brunch; some of my favourites being: Floriditas, Plum, or Duke Carvells. Most importantly, they all do great coffee.
Stay on Cuba St and wander up the road checking out the electic shops: boutique vintage clothing, bookshops, design shops and art galleries. Stop for something sweet at Martha’s Pantry (at the top of Cuba) before browsing down the other side of the road and back to the waterfront.
If raining, visit Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand to explore some of NZ’s nature, art, history, and cultural heritage offerings. Its free entry and you can easily absorb hours of the afternoon in here.
If calm and sunny, hire a kayak or a SUP from Fergs on the waterfront and paddle around in the harbour
Try Martin Bosley’s by the yacht club (and coincidentally in the same area Saturday’s of dinner suggestion). Otherwise consider dining at renowned Wellington institutions Matterhorn, or Logan Brown for their extensive wine lists and gorgeous food.
If I had a car, or just more time, then my weekend would also include:
· Breakfast at Maranui, Lyall Bay
· Taking the Dominion Ferry over to Days Bay, walk to Eastbourne to eat cake, or just to Soames Island for a wander and a picnic
· Walking up Tinakori Hill or Mt Vic for the view (walk it on a nice day)