Explore Wellington

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.

For even more inspiration, visit WellingtonNZ.com

Van Gogh Alive

Digital Nights Wellington – Van Gogh Alive is an outdoor debut of the world’s most visited multi-sensory experience celebrating the world’s most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. Feast your eyes at Odlins Plaza on the Wellington Waterfront from 28 August – 30 October.

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Visa Wellington On a Plate

Visa Wellington On a Plate is New Zealand's biggest and tastiest food festival. Eat, Drink and #LoveLocal as the Wellington region serves up a storm of Festival Dishes, burgers, cocktails, events, and pop-ups. Treat your tastebuds at venues across Wellington during October.

Event tickets on sale from 7 September


Beervana New Zealand's greatest festival of beer is back! Over 60 breweries, delicious food, music & entertainment! Held at Sky Stadium, the event is rescheduled to 20-21 November this year.

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Wellington Jazz Festival

Wellington Jazz Festival 2020 is set to be a true celebration of the sounds and talents of Aotearoa as world-class live music fills bars and eateries across the capital 18-22 November.

Avantdale Bowling Club

Avantdale Bowling Club headline act Wellington Jazz Festival. West Auckland rapper and hip hop artist Tom Scott is bringing his “stunning” (NPR) genre-pushing jazz, hip-hop project Avantdale Bowling Club to Wellington on Saturday 21 November.

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Beers at the Basin

Beers at the Basin is a one-day Wellington Festival showcasing some of the best Craft Breweries, Local Wineries, Street Food and Music that NZ has to offer. Saturday 28 November at the Basin Reserve.

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Downtown Shakedown

Downtown Shakedown is a brand spanking new Wellington festival that will kick off summer with a mega line-up at Waitangi Park on the Wellington Waterfront on 5 December. Featuring six of the best bands in Aotearoa under a massive super top marquee, this is a party you don’t want to miss!

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World of WearableArt - Up Close

World of WearableArt - Up Close (Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata) is an extravagant new immersive exhibition at Te Papa. Explore the limitless creativity and jaw-dropping detail of the garments on display and learn the unique stories behind the designs, from 12 December - 14 February.

Tickets on sale from 1 September

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

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

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

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.

Te Papa

Te Papa New Zealand’s national museum and art gallery is known for its cutting-edge, interactive approach to telling the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand. Take a guided tour or explore the six storeys of interactive exhibitions at your own pace.

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Wellington Museum

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

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.

Book tickets online or at the zoo entrance.

Weta Workshop

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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Discover ZEALANDIA a lush ecosanctuary that’s home to over 40 rare native species. Spot tuatara and takahē by day, and search for thousands of glow worms and over 150 kiwi by night. Experience this world-renowned conservation success that lies only minutes from the CBD.

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For even more inspiration, visit WellingtonNZ.com