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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NZ Fringe Festival
New Zealand Fringe Festival 2021 Aotearoa’s largest open access arts festival of unbridled creativity. Risky. Innovative. Excellent. For three weeks from 26 February — 20 March, 150+ wild, whimsical and wondrous works will appear in Whanganui-a-Tara. #NZFringe #MakeItFringe
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Wings over Wairarapa
Wings over Wairarapa located in the beautiful Wairarapa hosts an extravaganza of aerial action over three days. You will see over 70 aircraft including vintage, military, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays, skydiving and much more! In addition to the spectacular flying programme, there are fantastic ground displays and activities for everyone.
Fried Chicken Fest
Fried Chicken Fest (Saturday 27 February) brings together the best of the best chicken vendors: whether it’s fried, deep-fried, basted, grilled, or baked, you’re bound to find the dish you’ve been after. Pair that with beer, wine, cider, and more from the top breweries and wineries in the area, and you’ve got one clucking good day! Earlybird tickets on sale 15 December, kids U12 FREE!
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Māoriland Film Festival
Māoriland Film Festival is Aotearoa’s premier international Indigenous Film Festival. Each March the Indigenous world comes together in Ōtaki, Aotearoa (New Zealand) to celebrate Indigenous screen storytelling at Māoriland Film Festival, the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere.
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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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