Herd Street is a short street that connects Oriental Bay to Clyde Quay. I spend a fair amount of time on Herd Street when I am in Wellington for work as I usually stay in the Oriental Bay area.
Herd Street offers great views across the harbour and is also where the iconic boat sheds, pictured below, are located.
It is also a place where you can find great food. I can recommend two venues; Poneke is a cafe and bar that does great breakfast and coffee. Whitebait offers it’s diners a fine dining experience, offering sensational seafood accompanied by great New Zealand wines. On a beautiful day it is stunning, and when Wellington puts on a winter wind storm, you also experience the full force of this on Herd Street.
Following Herd Street around the foreshore you soon come across the New Zealand National Museum – Te Papa. Housed in the largest structure on the foreshore are exhibits that chart New Zealand’s history, including what I think is the best Gallipoli exhibit I have every seen.
The area is also the centre of many of the activities held in Wellington, whether its local entertainers busking on a sunny day or, as pictured below, the annual LUX light festival which draws people from near an far to enjoy the harbour area.
We attended LUX this year, 2017, and enjoyed many of the installations. My favorite was an abstract installation in Opera House Lane and is the feature image on this post.