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
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
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.
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!
Tickets on sale now
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 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.
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.
Book tickets online or at the zoo entrance.
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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