Secrets Series

Wellington is a treasure trove of secrets, with hidden bars, laneway coffee shops, and boutique retailers and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to experience these secrets yourself. So to help you uncover the best of them, our In-The-Know concierge team have collated their Secrets Series.
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ARTY BEES BOOKS. A family-run, independent bookstore nestled in the heart of Wellington, Arty Bees houses over 130,000 pre-loved and new books ranging from the obvious to the outright bizarre..

A family-run, independent bookstore nestled in the heart of Wellington, Arty Bees houses over pre-loved and new books ranging from the obvious to the outright bizarre.

BROOKLYN HILL TRAILS. Once at the summit the true secret of this hill is the extensive array of well-crafted multi-use trails which descend back into the city through native bush and wildlife.

Wellington - Visit the stunning conservation and restoration project at Zealandia, The Karori Sanctuary Experience - © Rob Suisted (My Destination)

ROXY CINEMA.   Not so secret with locals, the cinema itself has become an integral part of the blossoming Wellington film industry and is well worth a visit.

The Roxy Cinema, Miramar peninsular, Wellington, NZ. The city's newest purpose built cinema rendered in style with all the viewing pleasure of the Century (and a well-supplied bar in a supporting role).

BIG BAD WOLF. Our secret suggestion is the Spit Roast Pork Sandwich. An ideal lunchtime treat with the pork sourced from free range pigs; whether a meat connoisseur or not, a treat not to be missed.

Our secret suggestion is the Spit Roast Pork Sandwich. An ideal lunchtime treat with the pork sourced from free range pigs; whether a meat connoisseur or not, a treat not to be missed.

HIDDEN ART TRAIL. The Old Bank Arcade is one of Wellington's commercial buildings which holds secret art installations even the most curious of locals may not know about.

The Old Bank Arcade is one of Wellington's commercial buildings which holds secret art installations even the most curious of locals may not know about.

SIX BARREL SODA CO. Accessed via a small doorway in an alley wall, take the stairs to uncover one of the finest people watching spots in town offering a delightful range of tasty treats and quality coffee.

This is a NZ boutique soda brand, Six Barrel Soda Co., whose name, labels and packaging, cafe interior - every element of the brand - was designed by Common Goods

THE MT VIC CHIPPERY. Located at the bottom of Majoribanks St, serves fresh fish prepared to your liking and has an intriguing range of home-cooked chips and sides to complete your indulgence.

THE MT VIC CHIPPERY. Located at the bottom of Majoribanks St, serves fresh fish prepared to your liking and has an intriguing range of home-cooked chips and sides to complete your indulgence.

ANCESTRAL. The true secret to Ancestral is the Haipai private dining room. Enjoy the additional seclusion and attention the room offers for a delightful, exclusive evening.

The true secret to Ancestral is the Haipai private dining room. Enjoy the additional seclusion and attention the room offers for a delightful, exclusive evening.

OTARI-WILTON’S BUSH. The Otari Botanic Garden is a unique sanctuary dedicated to native plants, and along with Wilton’s Bush reserve, is a perfect place for escaping the bustle of the central city. Our pick of the reserve is the 800-year old Rimu found by taking the Blue trail.

OTARI-WILTON’S BUSH. The Otari Botanic Garden is a unique sanctuary dedicated to native plants, and along with Wilton’s Bush reserve, is a perfect place for escaping the bustle of the central city. Our pick of the reserve is the 800-year old Rimu found by taking the Blue trail.

THE SUPREME COURT. This building is not only of national significance but also contains a number of unique and symbolic elements hidden throughout its design.

THE SUPREME COURT. This building is not only of national significance but also contains a number of unique and symbolic elements hidden throughout its design.

EKIM BURGERS.To make the most of this secret, pop down later in the evening to catch the last of surfers as you revel in the traditional fare, and on a clear evening enjoy stunning vistas of the South Island.

To make the most of this secret, pop down later in the evening to catch the last of surfers as you revel in the traditional fare, and on a clear evening enjoy stunning vistas of the South Island.

C.G.R MERCHANT & CO. Recently opened, C.G.R specialise in making their own rum and gin infusions using a variety of herbs and spices.

R MERCHANT & CO. Recently opened, C.R specialise in making their own rum and gin infusions using a variety of herbs and spices.

Speak to our In The Know concierge team for more of their recommendations and tips for uncovering the best of Wellington.

Speak to our In The Know concierge team for more of their recommendations and tips for uncovering the best of Wellington.

KAFFEE EIS. Popular with locals, this Kaffee Eis is hidden away in an old boat shed beneath Frank Kitts park. For a classic refreshing New Zealand taste, try the water-based feijoa sorbetto.

Popular with locals, this Kaffee Eis is hidden away in an old boat shed beneath Frank Kitts park. For a classic refreshing New Zealand taste, try the water-based feijoa sorbetto.

HILL ST FARMERS MARKET. Tucked away next to the Cathedral of St Paul, the market provides a colourful and tasty start to the weekend, with many of the producers willing to share their tips or a favourite recipe.

Tucked away next to the Cathedral of St Paul, the market provides a colourful and tasty start to the weekend, with many of the producers willing to share their tips or a favourite recipe.

THE BLACK SPARROW. Tucked away underneath the Embassy Theatre in what was originally the orchestra pit is the recently opened Black Sparrow. With its underground setting and opulent surroundings, it alludes to a bygone era.

THE BLACK SPARROW. Tucked away underneath the Embassy Theatre in what was originally the orchestra pit is the recently opened Black Sparrow. With its underground setting and opulent surroundings, it alludes to a bygone era.

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