Tā moko Artist Taryn Beri Shares Capital Tips
Taryn Beri is an independent tā moko practitioner in Wellington and a member of the Ngāti Toarangatira tribe. Beri shares the best sights, bites, and art in the capital city with the National Geographic.
“When I’m tattooing travellers from all parts of the globe, I’m often asked about the best things to see, do, and experience in Wellington. In my view, the best weekends always start with a hearty brunch, so head to one of these top spots to fill your belly first,” Beri suggests. “Spruce Goose Café and Maranui are close to the airport and have beautiful views of Lyall Bay, a popular surfing beach. A little farther from the airport is Chocolate Fish Café, which has a great setup for kids, with bikes for them to play on while you enjoy your kai.
“After brunch, visit Te Papa. Our world-class museum will not disappoint. Learn about ancient Māori culture and be sure to check out the spectacular contemporary Māori marae on the top floor, by game-changing Māori artist Cliff Whiting.
“If you have a car and fancy venturing out of the city, the Kapiti Coast on the furthest outreach of the Wellington Region has a lot to offer. Visit any of the beaches along the way like Plimmerton, Paekakariki, Raumati, Waikanae, or Otaki. Take in the view of the beautiful and historically significant Kapiti Island while you’re at it.
“After exploring Wellington’s natural beauty, check out Cuba Street in the central business district. This is the top spot in town for shopping, bars, and cafés. I spent many years growing up in this area when I was a teenager. My favourite spots are Havana Bar and Laundry Bar, both located on Cuba Street with good music, drinks, and people. You could also check out Moon Bar in Newtown.”
Original article by Taryn Beri, National Geographic, October 18, 2018.