Here in the small town capital of New Zealand, Wellington, weekends are best spent on the coast.
The land-linked island of Mirimar at the mouth of Wellington harbour has a small two lane road circling it. This is the most accessible way to see the north and south coast in an hour or two. Usually the wind is rolling in hard from either North or South and you'll want to take shelter on the opposite side.
There are regular stopping bays for you to pull into, each with it's own rocky cove or hillside lookout. The diversity of this coast means that after exploring it almost every weekend for a year it always feels fresh and unfamiliar.
Stop for your weekend fix of hollandaise at Scorch-a-rama in Scorching Bay. You'll see divers ducking fro Crayfish and Kina around Breakers Bay. Ascend to Moa Point to get the best views of planes sweeping in from the South Island and see the surfers and dog walkers braving the cold waters of Lyall Bay.
Before or after, make sure you refill your stomach at Gypsy Kitchen with some of the best fresh food and coffee this side of the Equator.