As a city brimming with art, culture and fun, there are plenty of great reasons to visit ‘the coolest little capital in the world’. Surrounded by lush hills and a beautiful harbour, with some of the best coffee in the world and over 55 galleries and museums to discover, Wellington has something for everyone.
Here’s a list of must-do events and popular Wellington experiences to help you plan your next visit.
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Hilma af Klint
Discover The Secret Paintings of Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint whose groundbreaking work has changed the course of art history. See this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of af Klint’s work in Aotearoa at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, December 4 to 27 March. The Ten Largest, 1907. Photograph courtesy of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Destination Mars will take you and your whānau into outer space on an interactive experience where gaming wizardry plus captivating live action equals high-stakes adventure! Launching on 11 December at Te Papa.
Rita Angus, New Zealand Modernist
Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist | He Ringatoi Hou o Aotearoa (18 December - 25 April 2022). More than 70 works by one of New Zealand’s most iconic 20th-century artists, Rita Angus (1908–1970), will be exhibited at Te Papa, including Rutu, 1951, Cleopatra, 1938, Central Otago, 1953–56/1969, and Cass, 1936.
Wellington Wine & Food Festival
Wellington Wine & Food Festival (Saturday 12 February) brings together the best local cuisine and flavours paired with local wineries and breweries to bring out the best of a Wellington summer at Waitangi Park. The outdoors, fine wine, exquisite food, great music and fun with friends - what could be better than that!
Fried Chicken Festival
Fried Chicken Festival Wellington Fried Chicken (25-26 February) is one festival you don’t want to miss. Spend the weekend in the legendary Frank Kitts Park and enjoy the best of the best chicken that Wellington has to offer. Whether it’s fried, deep-fried, basted, grilled, or baked, you’re bound to find the perfect dish to please your taste buds!
Join 121 Festival (11-13 March) for a 3 Day Dance Odyssey under the famously dark, star-filled skies of the Wairarapa, nestled into the lush landscape and ancient Kahikatea trees. Come and dance to top tier artists for a weekend of musical eclecticism spread across six stages built upon the wonders of Tauherenikau.
Beers at the Basin
Beers at the Basin Beers at the Basin (new date: Saturday 9 April) is a one-day festival showcasing some of the best Craft Breweries, Local Wineries, Street Food and Music that NZ has to offer. Hosted at the iconic Basin reserve in Wellington, this is a festival under the sun you won’t want to miss!
Cable Car Museum
Cable Car Muesum is found in the original winding house at the top of the cable car system. Discover Wellington’s unique transport system that has carried people between the harbour and the hills for more than a century. Open daily, 9.30am – 5pm, Kelburn.
Capital E fuels the creative spark in children, equipping them with the skills of confidence, capability, and creativeness. At Play HQ, children aged five and under can enjoy themed activities and crafts that encourage creative discovery. Open Mon – Sat 9.30am – 3.30pm, free entry, Queens Wharf.
City Gallery Wellington
City Gallery Wellington is the capital’s public contemporary art gallery showcasing artists from Aotearoa and around the world. All are welcome to visit and enjoy the busy calendar of events, exhibitions, and beautiful Gallery Shop. Open daily 11am-5pm, free entry, Te Ngākau Civic Square.
He Tohu is an interactive exhibition that allows you to immerse yourself in three of New Zealand’s constitutional documents, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Based at The National Library, you can take a free guided tour or discover our nations treasures on your own with our Audio Tour.
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Space Place is the place to learn about planets, stars, constellations, and galaxies. We share the stories of New Zealand’s skies and the contribution to space exploration through multimedia exhibits, interactive galleries, the historic Thomas Cooke telescope, and our digital, full-dome planetarium.
Explore Your Own Backyard at Staglands Take some time for an adventure in your own backyard with friends and whanau at Staglands. Don’t forget to pack your togs and a picnic so you can make the most of our scenic picnic spots & delicious swimming holes. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington Cable Car lets you experience the hidden charm that Wellington has to offer with a 5-minute ride from the heart of city centre, up through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn to the lookout perched high above the city. Enjoy a fun day out with family and friends. Explore the intermediate stations and find your favourite spot!
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Wellington Museum celebrates the people and the events that have shaped the character and soul of the Capital City of New Zealand and it’s region. The Museum is located at the heart of Wellington’s waterfront. Open daily 10am-5pm, free entry, Queens Wharf.
Wellington Zoo offer you a wild day out packed with learning and fun. With 500+ animals of all shapes and sizes to check out, you’ll leave with a sense of wonder and be empowered to make a difference to protect our wildlife and their wild homes.
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Weta Workshop Tours offer you the chance to discover how incredible, imaginary worlds are brought to life through movie-making magic in the heart of Wellywood.
Weta Cave is a must-see for film buffs and lovers of cool stuff. See authentic Weta-designed collectibles, prop replicas, books, jewellery, art prints, gifts, apparel and movie memorabilia.
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