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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas when all the lights go up on the Norfolk Pines along Oriental Parade (the capital's very own Christmas trees!). 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄 Get in the holiday spirit with us and check out the Wellington Advent Calendar! Check in every day until 24 Dec for a daily pressie, and you’ll be treated to local eats, drinks, experiences and general good times. It’s our way of wishing you a very Welly Xmas! 🎅🏼🎁👉🏼 https://advent.wellingtonnz.com 📷: Thanks to @hanniecap for her wonderful pic and giving us all the Christmas feels. 😉 Share your Welly snaps with us via #ShareMeWLG! at Oriental Bay

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Find your wild in Wellington! You can now explore hundreds of trails all over the Wellington region in one easy online hub. Simply look up the best spots to hike, bike, walk and go horse riding according to distance, proximity, difficulty and more (in the handy link below)! Many of these trails are just a 10-15 minute drive out of the Wellington CBD, like Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park. Or head out a bit further and tackle one of the regional tracks, like the Escarpment Track in Kāpiti, just an hour away. There's a trail to suit everyone - question is, which one will you choose first? Check it out and find your wild on: WellingtonRegionalTrails.com 🍃 🏃‍♂️🚴🏻‍♀️🚶🏽‍♂️🏃‍♀️🚴🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️🍃 at Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park

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Did you know this gent turned 10-years-old this year? It's hard to believe this local icon, who hangs about on the Wellington waterfront behind @te_papa, and perpetually leaning into the harbour's harsh gales (even on a breathless day!), hasn't always been around. Going by the name, Solace In the Wind (sometimes, colloquially, as 'the Naked Man'), he is the work of artist, Max Patte. Solace In the Wind happily poses with passers by, though, always whilst keeping a watchful eye over the harbour. His serene, committed acceptance of the elements has come to represent the hardiness of Wellingtonians in the face of the capital's changeable weather. 🍃⛅ ☔🌈☀️ 📷: Thank you to @sarbjohalphoto for sharing this pic via #ShareMeWLG! at Wellington Waterfont

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Wellington's mixed bag of showery and sunny weather this week has seen an infiltration of rainbows in local Instagram feeds! (Not that we're complaining - who could ever complain about a rainbow?!) Some were even lucky enough to catch a double rainbow, such as this pretty duo being all magnificent over the Eastern Bays like it was no big deal. This week, Wellington truly was the Coolest Little Capital at the end of the rainbow. 🌈 😍 📷: Thanks to @jonathanushernz for this stunning capture and sharing it via #ShareMeWLG. 🙌 at Seatoun

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Some may not know the postcard-pretty, highly 'grammable Boat Sheds on Clyde Quay Boat Harbour in Oriental Bay are heritage buildings, which have been in continuous use as boatsheds since 1905. Securing tenants was initially difficult, due to high rent fees, but the sheds eventually became highly sought after, with a long waiting list of members from the nearby Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club and other yacht clubs. The sheds have consistently acted as a colourful backdrop for civic promotions and campaigns, and featured in many a local and visitors' visual love letters to Wellington. ⛵️⛵️⛵️☀️ 📷: Cheers to @bertnol for sharing this pic via #ShareMeWLG during his travels in the capital!

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Find your kind of wild in Wellington. Perched on a harbour and nestled between hills, Wellington is made for urban and nature exploring. Spend the morning wandering street art-clad laneways, sipping coffee and discovering new foodie finds. After lunch, head to the nearby wild south coast to explore the beautifully rugged beaches and soak up the views. Here's @shanelography at Breaker Bay, about 20 minutes’ drive from the CBD, but a whole different world 💙💙 at Breaker Bay

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Wellington 💛s ice cream and fitting for a creative capital, our ice cream makers take their ice cream craft deliciously seriously.  Repeat visits to @fieldandgreen are needed to try all 17 ice cream flavours made at their Wakefield St eatery. Walk to the waterfront for @gelissimo_gelato's best-selling Yum Yum made with local and organic ingredients.  Leg it to Lower Hutt for ice cream made by organic dairy gods @zanyzeus - their soft serve is so good that you’ll never queue up at a certain Mr W’s van ever again. @carrellogelato reckons that "made properly, gelato is out of this world"; head to their Oriental Bay store and see for yourself. And with 5 store locations, you’re never far from a delicious scoop of @kaffee_eis in Wellington 🍦🍦

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Wellington’s got a new wine scene and it’s far from tame – in fact, it’s pretty wild.  Local craft beer rock stars, @garageproject, are making natural wine in their Wild Workshop on Marion Street.  Using grapes from Wellington’s neighbouring wine growing regions, like @wairarapa, Garage Project create wild wines that push the boundaries of what wine can be. By making their wine in the heart of the city, Garage Project want to make their wine accessible and demystify the process. As they put it, “Wine should be fun, beer should be fun, it should be a delicious thing you enjoy with friends”. Cheers, to that 🍷🍷 at Garage Project Taproom

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Who says you have to fly to Fiji to catch a wave? 🌊🏄 Lyall Bay isn't only a great surfing spot, it's also the perfect posse for those on land to watch surfers, the weather and planes rolling in. 🏄‍♀️ ✈️ ⛅️ 📷: Cheers to @paul.hamer for taking this awesome photo and @lyallbaynz for sharing it via #ShareMeWLG. at Lyall Bay

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Cuba Street holds a special place in the heart of anyone who has ever lived in or visited Wellington. It’s the home of high/low juxtaposition. From $10 bowls of chilli oil dumplings at @ramsrestaurant to 10-course degustations at @loganbrownrestaurantnz; from artists and musicians to corporate types and start-up entrepreneurs - there’s a place for everyone and everything on Cuba Street. The Cuba Street Project, is a hot-off-the-press new book celebrating Wellington’s beloved street and the places, the people and the food that makes Cuba Street the capital of cool in the coolest little capital. Available now at all good bookstores including @ekorbookshopcafe and @unitybookswgtn. Thanks @alicelloydcreates for sharing your stunning photographs 📷 at Cuba Street, Wellington

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It's summer in Wellington when everyone flocks to Oriental Parade. Think of it as the capital's Riviera, just walking distance from the city. But it wasn’t always a local hot spot, starting out as a one-man town during the early days of European settlement, and developing into a seaside escape early last century, with the addition of a Tea Kiosk, the Te Aro Baths (now Freyberg pool) and band rotunda. It reached peak beach in 2002 when @wgtncc shipped 22,000 tonnes of white sand from Golden Bay (in the South Island) to expand the beach, solidifying its status as a popular destination for sun worshippers, fitness fanatics, swimmers and lovers of ice cream. ☀️ 🌊👙🏊‍♀️🍦😎 📷: Cheers to @theotherphotoguy for sharing this pic via #ShareMeWLG! at Oriental Bay

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There’s an exciting surprise in the current issue of @metromagnz. Flip the cover over and discover the Best of Wellington: where to eat, drink, shop, relax and generally have fun in the capital this summer. Plus the cutest darn cover that you ever did see featuring @89aro, @garageproject91aro, a local kererū (aka Bird of the Year) from @visit_zealandia and some classy Aro Valley locals. Cheers to @jonnie_ritchie for the cover art, we LOVE it!

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