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Walk a few minutes to La Bella Italia, an authentic Italian restaurant with an amazing atmosphere and delicious, fresh food. Pick up authentic Italian supplies for back onboard or snacking.
Still on your feet, take a stroll down Jackson Street. It’s lined with historic buildings that are now filled with cafés, boutique shopping and independent retailers. Wellington is known for its quality coffee and Caffeind have some of the best. Stop in for a caffeine hit and home baking.
Petone Historical Jail and Police Station, which is halfway along Jackson Street, is a great location for learning about the area’s history. Keep the history theme going at the Petone Settlers Museum, which is a few blocks over on the Foreshore. The place where the museum stands marks the spot where New Zealand’s first settlers from Europe came ashore from their ships.
Breathe in the sea air as you walk along to Alfred Memelink Gallery. Here you can purchase a canvas painting of iconic Wellington locations and see work by New Zealand artists. The gallery is special too because it overlooks Petone Beach and Wellington Harbour.
The Dowse Art Museum is your next stop. This design and craft museum has an international reputation, a regularly changing exhibitions programme and vibrant events. Their gift shop stocks New Zealand designed and made products and there’s a café next door. In Dowse Square you can fill your drink bottle with artesian water from an underground bore.
Get back on the bus and travel down to Zany Zeus in Moera. Their organic dairy products are something to write home about. Fill up on their halloumi sandwiches, sample brinza and other cheeses or order an affogato – which is particularly good with chocolate Ghana ice cream.
Pick up the bus again on Randwick Road and ride it out to Eastbourne, a seaside village with a variety of shops. Enjoy sea views or get adventurous; at Days Bay (just before Eastbourne) hire a canoe or kayak at the wharf and paddle around the bays.
The East by West Ferry sails from Days Bay over to Queens Wharf in the centre of Wellington city. If you’re heading home early, then stopping at Matiu/Somes Island is another great walking opportunity. It’s an island in the middle of Wellington Harbour and a tranquil retreat for wildlife. You might even spot a tuatara.