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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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stories

Lake Rotorua by Julian Apse
Top 7 Must-Do Activities in Rotorua

Rotorua is well known for it's geothermal wonders and adrenaline-pumping activities, but did you know it's also a haven for mountain biking? Check...

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Top 8 Mountain Biking Towns in New Zealand

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Top 5 Must-Do Activities in Wellington

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Central North Road Trip

We've put together the ultimate Central Plateau road trip to show just how much cool stuff is packed into the area!

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17 Reasons New Zealand is Better Than Australia

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Seven Epic Spots For Stargazing In New Zealand

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Top 5 Romantic Hostel Getaways

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events

Naked Girls Reading – Wellington 2020
Naked Girls Reading – Wellington 2020

When: Feb 15 to Oct 24, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 26 Allen Street, Wellington
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington

Bon Iver
Bon Iver

When: Jun 7, 06:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington

Highball 2020
Highball 2020

When: Oct 9 to Oct 10, 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 15 Buckle Street, Wellington
Venue: Dominion Museum Building, Wellington

Stormzy
Stormzy

When: Nov 19, 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington

Bad Girls of Burlesque
Bad Girls of Burlesque

When: Jul 10 to Jul 11, 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 26 Allen Street, Wellington
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington

Six: The Musical
Six: The Musical

When: Jul 9 to Jul 19, 07:30 PM to 07:15 PM
Where: 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
Venue: The Opera House, Wellington

Crusty Demons - Rise of the Demons NZ Tour: POSTPONED
Crusty Demons - Rise of the Demons NZ Tour: POSTPONED

When: Apr 24, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Judds Road, Masterton, Wairarapa
Venue: Solway Showgrounds, Masterton, Wairarapa

UFC 249: Khabib vs Ferguson
UFC 249: Khabib vs Ferguson

When: Apr 19, 02:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 105 Mana Esplanade, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
Venue: Supply Room Bar & Cafe, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Monday Evening Jewellery Class
Monday Evening Jewellery Class

When: Apr 20 to Jun 22, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 61 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Workspace Studios, Wellington

Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour: POSTPONED
Th' Dudes - Th' Bliss Tour: POSTPONED

When: Apr 11, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington

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