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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!

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seeing the view from Mount Victoria

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events

Igloo Village
Igloo Village

When: Jun 13 to Jun 30, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Restaurant, Wellington

Wellington Sky Show - Matariki ki Pōneke
Wellington Sky Show - Matariki ki Pōneke

When: Jun 29, 06:30 PM to 06:40 PM
Where: Wellington
Venue: Wellington Harbour - Roadside Stories, Wellington

Winter Pop-up Village
Winter Pop-up Village

When: Jun 21 to Jul 23, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 15 Customhouse Quay
Venue: Kumutoto ki Tai, Wellington

Synthony 2019
Synthony 2019

When: Oct 25 to Oct 26, 08:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington

Second Unit
Second Unit

When: Jun 13 to Jun 30, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Wellington
Venue: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Threepenny Opera
Threepenny Opera

When: Jun 22 to Jun 29, 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Hannah Playhouse, Wellington

Book Launch - How To Escape From Prison by Dr Paul Wood
Book Launch - How To Escape From Prison by Dr Paul Wood

When: Jun 27, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 57 Willis St, Wellington
Venue: Unity Books, Wellington

Cirque Du Play
Cirque Du Play

When: May 27 to Aug 1, 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM
Where: 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Capital E, Wellington

Northern Region Polyfest
Northern Region Polyfest

When: Jun 28, 10:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 17 Parumoana St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
Venue: Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

When: Jul 19, 08:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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