Here are some things that I already would recommend anyone to do on a Saturday in New Zealand's capital:
1. Go to Frank Kitt's Underground Markets. It's close to the Civic Square on Jervois Quay in an underground parking area. Here you'll find local arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing and some food and coffee stalls. It's not very big but still definitely worth a visit.
2. Wander along Cuba Street and enjoy the vintage stores, pubs and shopping opportunities. Also on Saturday the pub The Fringe on the corner of Cuba and Vivian hosts a little flea market.
3. Take the Cable Car ($3.50 one way, $6 return) up to the Botanical Gardens and enjoy the view over the city. You can either take the Cable Car back down or chose the 40mins walk back to the city center. You'll end up at the Parliament Buildings.
4. Walk up Hill Street to the Cathedral of Sacred Hearts (past the Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul). On the left hand side opposite the nice looking brick church there is a tree of which one branch is completely covered in bubble gum. It was such a weird sight! We had no idea what it was until a woman came by and told us the story.
Obviously when the girls of St. Mary's Junior College start their senior years they put a bubble gum on that tree as some kind of ceremony. Her own daughter had done it a few months ago. Johanna didn't tell her that she had wanted to contribute to what we thought was a piece of art by adding yet another bubble gum to the tree...
5. Stop at Duke Cavaller's and try one of their funky cocktails. I had a Devonshire Mary with a cucumber slice in it. They may sound weird and are a bit pricy too ($12 - $17) but it's something your mouth will not forget.
Written and contributed by maerchen82