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.

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Light Cycles by Moment Factory

Light Cycles by Moment Factory Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā, 11 May – 9 June. Highlighting the Garden’s lush canvas, ‘Light Cycles’ invites you on a night-time adventure where nature’s secret rhythms come to life through dazzling light installations, soundscapes, and digital art.  It’s time to tune in.

Matariki Ahi Kā

Matariki Ahi Kā celebrates the Māori New Year in a uniquely Wellington way, 6pm-9pm, 27-30 June, on the Wellington Waterfront. Enjoy an immersive walk-through journey including fire, projections, performances, the Mana Moana Pōneke water screen, and a ceremony each evening to honour those who have passed away and to express hopes for the future. Share kai at the Odlins Plaza kai court, while listening to performers on the Aroha stage.

World of WearableArt Show: Dream Awake

World of WearableArt Show (26 Sept – 13 Oct) at TSB Arena. Journey to a world between worlds, where imagination becomes reality. Audiences will follow the dreamer through six awe-inspiring realms, as they navigate worlds spun by the mysterious and magical dream maker. Dare to dream at Aotearoa’s creative spectacle of the year, where the boundaries of live music, dance, theatre, aerial choreography, immersive media, and wearable art are pushed to the extreme together in one unmissable show. Rorschach’s Dreamscape, Rodney Leong, New Zealand.

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 check website for details, 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.


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!

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 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

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.

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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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