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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

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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Lake Rotorua by Julian Apse
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events

Chicago: High School Edition
Chicago: High School Edition

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
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
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

Rapunzel
Rapunzel

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
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

Downtown Shakedown
Downtown Shakedown

When: Dec 5, 03:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 107 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Waitangi Park, Wellington

Light Years
Light Years

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
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
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

Wonderland
Wonderland

When: Sep 26 to Sep 27, 10:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 151 Mazengarb Rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Venue: Paraparaumu College, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast

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