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
housing NZ's government
Did you know:
there are more cafes, bars + restaurants per capita here than New York!
Don't leave without
seeing the view from Mount Victoria
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When: Jan 25, 05:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Bellevue St, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Hutt Recreation Ground, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
If These Walls Could Talk, They'd Tell You My Name
When: Dec 16 to Mar 8, 09:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Where: Courtenay Place, Wellington
Venue: Courtenay Place Park, Wellington
Alice In Wonderland - The Pantomime
When: Nov 15 to Dec 22, 06:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Circa Theatre, Wellington
When: Nov 22 to Dec 22, 08:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Jackson Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Disneys Aladdin Jnr plus Arabian Nights
When: Dec 14, 01:00 PM to 08:15 PM
Where: 83 Pownall St, Masterton, Wairarapa
Venue: Wairarapa College, Masterton, Wairarapa
The Wellington Christmas Markets
When: Nov 30 to Dec 22, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Underground Market, Wellington
Suffrage in Stitches
When: Dec 10 to Apr 27, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Museum, Wellington
Christmas Day Lunch
When: Dec 25, 11:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Restaurant, Wellington
Dream11 Super Smash - Christmas at the Basin
When: Dec 21, 12:40 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: Sussex St, Mt Cook, Wellington
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
YHA Wellington is one of the best-located backpacker hostels in town, complete with two kitchens, vibrant communal spaces, and an on-site espresso bar.
This charming heritage backpacker hostel offers an opportunity to experience the luxury of early New Zealand, combined with well-kept, modern facilities.
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.