A Wellington long weekend itinerary – where to eat and drink in the capital

Eating and drinking Wellington’s best needs planning and good advice, writes Stephanie Holmes

When you’re planning a weekend in Wellington, there are priorities to get sorted before you depart. Namely, where are you going to eat in a city full of delicious options? On a recent trip, a local expert planned a mouth-watering line-up of venues for me to visit – from fine-dining to cocktail drinking to high tea to hot chocolate. Here’s how to fit it all in . . .

Friday, 5.30pm: Dinner at Hiakai

Hiakai, a modern, 30-seat, fine-dining restaurant, has been open for only two years but is already making history.

Monique Fiso’s exceptional menu with its unique take on indigenous ingredients has been lauded by critics and won awards worldwide – last year Time Magazine placed the restaurant on its list of the world’s 100 greatest places. Zealandia and Camp Glenorchy were the only other New Zealand attractions to feature.

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