1. Order a dog’s breakfast
Forget “No shoes, No shirt, No service”… Beach Babylon in Oriental Bay has a K9 menu that caters to customers covered in fur! With options like a doggoccino or a gourmet biscuit platter offer, you can be sure that your pup won’t feel left out during this week’s brunch date.
Another dog-friendly café in Oriental Bay, Lola Stays, regularly features four-legged visitors on their Instagram Stories. If your dog is more interested in the spotlight than sharing a meal, consider Lola Stays for your next coffee break. Be sure to try out one of Mama Rose’s famous cheese scones as well.
2. Indulge in some retail therapy
Dogs are always welcome to walk through the central city, as long as they’re on-leash, so now it’s time to burn off some of that meal. Wander up to College Street in Te Aro, and you’ll find Smack Bang right across the road from Moore Wilson’s. This designer pet store and dog bakery has a large selection of goodies for dogs, cats and hoomans too.
Roast chicken scented bubbles anyone?
3. Put the fur in funicular
After picking up a cute new collar or tasty treat, head along to Lambton Quay and find Cable Car Lane. In November 2021, the iconic Wellington Cable Car (or technically, the Wellington funicular) held a ‘Bark and Ride’ trial and had 157 dogs travel between Lambton Quay and Kelburn in one month.
Since then, the city’s coolest little form of public transport has permanently allowed pups of all shapes and sizes to come for a ride. An all-day doggie ticket costs $2 per dog, or they ride free with anyone who holds a Cable Car multi-trip or membership card.