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Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and take the covered steps to Mason's Lane (next to Dumpling'd). This will take you to Lambton Quay, Wellington's main shopping street."}]},{"address":"Midland Park","placeId":"ChIJISCrKCuuOG0RhE3YePYoQYk","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.11432783024858083,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.282152813942396,"longitude":174.77635879999997},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJISCrKCuuOG0RhE3YePYoQYk"}},{"type":"text","content":"Crossing the street to Midland Park you'll find the striking statue of writer Katherine Mansfield. This 3-metre steel statue by Virginia King includes passages from the writer's works, her hair even contains shopping lists found in her journals!"}]},{"address":"The New Zealand Portrait Gallery","placeId":"ChIJY26rySuuOG0RWdx5LXGcWDo","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.11432783024858083,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.28353191394307,"longitude":174.778132},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJY26rySuuOG0RWdx5LXGcWDo"}},{"type":"text","content":"From Cranfields, follow Johnston Street and use the pedestrian crossing to cross Customhouse Quay, you'll find yourself at the waterfront."},{"type":"text","content":"Take a right and it's a short walk to the Wellington Museum."},{"type":"text","content":"On the way, why not drop into the New Zealand Portrait Gallery?"},{"type":"text","content":"Open every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday, this small but perfectly formed gallery tells the stories of New Zealanders through portraiture. With changing exhibitions, there's always something new to see."}]},{"address":"Wellington Museum","placeId":"ChIJLyoZhNSvOG0R579NxQyM2YQ","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.28521636394392,"longitude":174.7781894},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJLyoZhNSvOG0R579NxQyM2YQ"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fwellington%20museum.jpeg?alt=media&token=4fa76d97-02ac-4f88-9e64-0a5a199c092b"},{"type":"text","content":"Continue along Jervois Quay (or follow Lady Elizabeth Way towards Queen's Wharf) and you'll find Wellington Museum."},{"type":"text","content":"Housed in the historic Bond Store Building, this eclectic museum explores the history of Pōneke (Wellington)."},{"type":"text","content":"From the waterfront of the late 1800s on the ground floor, to the weird and wonderful stories (including UFO sightings) in The Attic, there's something to keep everyone entertained for hours while the rain falls outside."},{"type":"text","content":"Make sure you don't miss the interactive time machine Ngā Hau in the attic!"}]},{"address":"Old Bank Arcade","placeId":"ChIJy7GEVNSvOG0R6E5FiyYgNf4","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.11432783024858083,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.2857763639442,"longitude":174.7762354},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJy7GEVNSvOG0R6E5FiyYgNf4"}},{"type":"text","content":"Cross Jervois Quay to Hunter Street and you'll find the historic Old Bank Arcade on the corner of Hunter and Customhouse Quay."},{"type":"text","content":"Opened in 1901, this was originally The Bank of New Zealand's Head office. Now it's home to a number of popular fashion boutiques and the ever-popular café Smith the Grocer."},{"type":"text","content":"Head upstairs for a view of the Old Bank Clock. Suspended from the Banking Chamber ceiling this extravagant clockwork opens up every hour, and displays stories of the history of the building."},{"type":"text","content":"Now, head down to the basement. Here you'll find the remains of Plimmers Ark. Actually the remains of the hull of the ship 'Inconstant' that ran aground in 1849, prominent businessman John Plimmer salvaged it and beached it here, using it as a warehouse it became known as Plimmer's Ark."},{"type":"text","content":"In the basement, you'll also find the subterranean entrance to our next stop, Willis Lane..."}]},{"address":"Willis Lane","placeId":"ChIJy9RDSAivOG0Rt8Q8pqjMtiU","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.28656151394459,"longitude":174.7762462},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJy9RDSAivOG0Rt8Q8pqjMtiU"}},{"type":"text","content":"### Willis Lane"},{"type":"text","content":"Hungry? This underground complex of historic tunnels has been transformed into a subterranean laneway of eateries and entertainment."},{"type":"text","content":"Sushi? Fried chicken? Cheese steaks? Ice Cream? Whatever takes your fancy, you'll find something delicious, and Churly's by Behemoth is available with cold beers, wines, cocktails and mocktails."}]},{"address":"Archie Brothers Cirque Electric Wellington","placeId":"ChIJe2RpUu6vOG0R4IF9a3HeOUw","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.28683066394472,"longitude":174.77610215000004},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJe2RpUu6vOG0R4IF9a3HeOUw"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Farchie.avif?alt=media&token=7ef3f352-46ea-4936-bdd6-162f04f670e4"},{"type":"text","content":"Let's stay underground a little longer and drop into Archie Brothers Cirque Electric, a hive of games and amusements."},{"type":"text","content":"While away an hour or so in the arcade, conquer the lanes with a game of bowling or grab a putter for a round of mini golf in neighbouring Holey Moley."}]},{"address":"Unity Books","placeId":"ChIJsVSQ1dWvOG0RkymzvMZUHNI","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.11955248915779015,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.28779466394521,"longitude":174.77558014999994},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJsVSQ1dWvOG0RkymzvMZUHNI"}},{"type":"text","content":"There's nothing better on a rainy evening than curling up with a good book! Head into Unity Books, New Zealand's leading independent bookshop, to pick your next novel.\n\nFor over 45 years, the team at Unity have prided themselves on being expert book hunters, tracking down anything you like and importing odd and mysterious titles from across the globe.\n\n"}]},{"address":"City Gallery Wellington","placeId":"ChIJAYfqlNavOG0R1gNXL6WfPys","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.28855231394555,"longitude":174.77670429999998},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJAYfqlNavOG0R1gNXL6WfPys"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fcity%20gallery.webp?alt=media&token=646dfcd5-ecce-4c65-af8e-c3a7846570c9"},{"type":"text","content":"Our next stop is City Gallery Wellington. With no permanent collection, the gallery is home to an ever-changing roster of dynamic and challenging exhibitions with both international and local perspectives.If you can brave the rain, look to the roof to. check out Ronnie van Hout's face-hand sculpture."},{"type":"text","content":"This divisive sculpture originally called Christchurch home before art Critic Warren Feeney petitioned to ban it from the city!"},{"type":"text","content":"Christchurch's loss might be our gain. Hopefully, this quirky sculpture has found a home in Wellington. We're known to embrace the weird and wonderful after all!"}]},{"address":"Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa","placeId":"ChIJnRaYrdGvOG0RMJot6PyfQJo","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.29073776394662,"longitude":174.78195525},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJnRaYrdGvOG0RMJot6PyfQJo"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fmuseum%20of%20nz%202.webp?alt=media&token=e46890c4-22be-462b-9bea-9a40498a18f9"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand's National Museum, home to multiple permanent exhibitions detailing the country's natural environment, culture and history plus an ever-changing roster of blockbuster exhibitions."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fte-papa-gallipoli.jpg?alt=media&token=2feff29f-c410-4a4b-ad54-7c944b4d4ffa"},{"type":"text","content":"It's also one of the best rainy-day attractions in the city, visitors can spend an entire day in its warren of diverse exhibits. Te Papa is also home to Toi Art, the national art collection, with galleries for young and old alike."},{"type":"text","content":"Check out 'Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War'. This ground-breaking exhibition tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War One through the eyes of eight ordinary New Zealanders. Huge sculptures created by Wellington's Weta Workshop capture these New Zealanders, frozen in time while 3D maps and interactive dioramas enthral everyone. "},{"type":"text","content":"A word of warning, this exhibit does explore content that may disturb some visitors."},{"type":"text","content":"\n"}]},{"address":"Iko Iko","placeId":"ChIJ2UnTgdevOG0RSBVBO_cowYE","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.29302231394774,"longitude":174.7758553},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJ2UnTgdevOG0RSBVBO_cowYE"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fiko%20iko%201.avif?alt=media&token=62d48a4d-9756-41c2-b6ee-141d31275abb"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fiko%20iko.webp?alt=media&token=25facf94-a5ee-4169-9574-3e05c9503857"},{"type":"text","content":"We've now made it to Cuba Street for a little retail therapy. Wellington's most colourful and bohemian street features heritage buildings and countless shops. Fortunately, most of the street is covered by awnings to shelter from the elements as you shop."},{"type":"text","content":"Why not stock up on souvenirs and gifts at Iko Iko? Like Bolton Hotel, they're independent and family-owned and operated. "},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fbucket%20fountain.jpeg?alt=media&token=fec2261e-e6f5-4c35-95a8-5b8952e94e1c"},{"type":"text","content":"While on Cuba Street, don't miss the Bucket Fountain. This kinetic work of art has been splashing visitors and Wellingtonians alike since 1969!"}]},{"address":"Dee's Place","placeId":"ChIJf66qEeSvOG0RfVZMZdwf0qY","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.11586449463364239,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.29312531394779,"longitude":174.77576555000002},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJf66qEeSvOG0RfVZMZdwf0qY"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fdees-place.jpg?alt=media&token=e23d17a0-017f-42ce-8e02-b3e022838dbc"},{"type":"text","content":"If you're looking for some refreshments, our Marketing Manager Paul recommends Dee's Place, a secret underground speakeasy-style bar with a cocktail list specialising in American Bourbon. It doesn't have any signage, but look for the stags head above the staircase heading to the basement and you'll find this cosy bar!"},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2FPAUL-FREEGUIDES.png?alt=media&token=d3735687-e24e-4157-a3e5-b031c442da39"}]},{"address":"Little Beer Quarter","placeId":"ChIJ6fBgsdevOG0Rq_L9WOWXqxs","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.11586449463364239,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.29075136394663,"longitude":174.77503705},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJ6fBgsdevOG0Rq_L9WOWXqxs"}},{"type":"text","content":"If cocktails aren't your thing, Little Beer Quarter is Wellington's cosy craft beer haven, complete with a roaring fireplace on colder days. Tucked away in the Edward Street Precinct, it could easily be missed! "},{"type":"text","content":"The hotel is just a short taxi or Uber ride away, though if you've still got some energy and a penchant for more shopping, the walk back along Willis Street and Lambton Quay is mostly sheltered from the elements by shop awnings."},{"type":"text","content":"On the way, you'll find independent boutiques, such as Coco on Willis Street, as well as large New Zealand and Australian brands like R.M. Williams, Country Road, Mecca Cosmetics and Farmer's Department Store."}]},{"address":"Bolton Hotel","placeId":"ChIJsy_6QSquOG0RD1U0549UuQE","location":{"longitudeDelta":0.1773310700361052,"latitudeDelta":0.09219986310369421,"latitude":-41.27925321394102,"longitude":174.77463854999996},"media":[{"type":"place","content":{"place_id":"ChIJsy_6QSquOG0RD1U0549UuQE"}},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fbolton%203.jpg?alt=media&token=6938fe27-5427-42db-b1ac-65ca8996d124"},{"type":"text","content":"Welcome back, to Bolton Hotel! We welcome you to join us in Artisan on level one for dinner or while away an hour or two over a platter with our Wine Down service (available 3pm - 6pm)."},{"type":"text","content":"If you're staying with us, don't forget to visit the fitness centre on level three for a warming soak in the spa or a spell in the sauna before retiring to your room."},{"type":"img","content":"https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/freeguides-prod.appspot.com/o/assets%2Ftours%2FiRVYOye2OzdDoZBR0KWn%2Fbolton%201.jpeg?alt=media&token=959827d7-7a1a-444d-9f22-b563b699b469"}]}]
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Bolton Hotel, Wellington's finest independent hotel, offers an excellent central location for work or leisure in New Zealand's capital.

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