Wellington - the home of coffee, culture, and cinema
The "coolest little capital" is home to under half a million people and a surprising number of excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants. The compact CBD is a great place for strolling to find your next bite or brew to sample.
Wellington also draws plenty of film buffs for it's role in the Lord of the Rings movies, mountain bikers for the excellent trails easily accessible from town, and culture cravers looking to explore our centre of government and National Museum.
at a glance
Best known for
as the home to NZ's government
Did you know
there are more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita here than New York City!
Don't leave without
seeing the view from Mount Victoria
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When: Sep 21 to Sep 25, 07:00 PM to 08:50 PM
Where: Coastlands Theatre, 32 Raumati Rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Venue: Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Gelissimo Glow Gelato
When: Sep 9 to Oct 30, 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Odlins Plaza, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Venue: Gelissimo Gelateria, Wellington
Tapu te Ranga Marae Documentary Fundraiser
When: Oct 18, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington
Venue: Empire Cinema, Wellington
When: Oct 6 to Oct 10, 10:00 AM to 12:50 PM
Where: 22 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Gryphon Theatre, Wellington
New Zealand School of Music Orchestra
When: Sep 26, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington
When: Dec 5, 03:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 107 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Waitangi Park, Wellington
When: Aug 10 to Dec 30, 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM
Where: 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Capital E, Wellington
Spring Festival – Te Wā o te Kōanga
When: Sep 26 to Oct 11, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 101 Glenmore St, Kelburn, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington
Pop Garden Exhibition
When: Sep 5 to Dec 13, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Ct, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
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A family-owned backpacker hostel, YHA Picton The Villa has everything on its doorstep; diving, kayaking, walks, or of course, a ferry ride to the North Island.