News from WCC
The Capital again opens its doors to locals this Sunday for Wellington Open Day, 10am–5pm – and there may be traffic delays around at least two of the major attractions – the Zoo and Zealandia.
Twenty of the city’s visitor attractions are opening their doors for residents and charity – all for a gold coin donation.
The open day is organised by Positively Wellington Tourism to keep us in the know about what’s on in the city and where – and to thank Wellingtonians for being great hosts when visitors arrive.
This year’s attractions and tours include entry into Zealandia, Wellington Zoo and Carter Observatory. Kids can hop on an Our Space multimedia ride at Te Papa and those aged 5–10 can hunt for treasure at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, with prizes for all.
Last year, heavy traffic caused delays in Newtown and in Karori and Kelburn as thousands of people went to the Zoo and Zealandia. This year, the City Council stresses that people should take buses or walk to both attractions as parking is limited.
Motorists are advised to avoid roads around Zealandia and in Newtown if they want to avoid delays.
In terms of Wellington Open Day, if you fancy something a little different:
· * take a back-of-house tour at City Gallery to see how they make exhibitions come to life
· * learn how to make mojitos at Motel Bar or cocktails at The Library bar
· * go behind-the-scenes at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre
· * have a go (16–20 year-olds) at ocean sports.
Now in its fourth year, Wellington Open Day attracts thousands of Wellingtonians with tours selling out. In 2013, over $37,000 was raised for charity.
Note that most of the tours and special activities will be first-in, first-served on the day, though some need to be pre-booked directly with the operators. Details are here.