The waterfront area is long and goes from downtown all the way to Oriental Bay to the east, encompassing many areas of interest. The best walking and seafood restaurants can be had at Wellington Waterfront and here you will also find the top museum in the country, Te Papa Tongarewa.
Wellington's Cuban Quarter is centered on Cuba Street in the heart of downtown. It has a bohemian feel, with its alternative stores and trendy markets, and is largely traffic-free. This area also has some good eating and nightlife options and is a focus during the big festivals.
Mount Victoria provides the best views in town and lies just to the south of downtown Wellington. It has a stunning backdrop of forestry and has good scope for walking and mountain biking. From the summit, at about 600 feet, you can discern downtown, the harbor and the airport. The view from here is a full 360 degrees.
Thorndon is one of Wellington's northern suburbs and is within walking distance of downtown. It features many of the city's oldest buildings as it survived a major earthquake in the 1800s. Ascot Street and Tinakori Road are the main thoroughfares with the best shopping and nightlife. Ascot Street is particularly nice as it retains many hillside houses dating from the 1800s.