Despite the wind, the city is fun. The atmosphere is upbeat, cool. And so are the restaurants and cafes. Te Papa and Weta Workshop (behind the scenes) are both well worth the visit. Personally we love the Maori artefacts in the airtight strongroom - very special indeed.
Two hours away by car, or just 10 minutes by helicopter, is the Wairarapa. Lovely remote rugged farming region with some excellent vineyards (Martinborough) and a heavyweight lodge (Wharekauhau). Another day or two well spent.