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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!

Don't leave without

seeing the view from Mount Victoria

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events

BLACKCAPS v India Test
BLACKCAPS v India Test

When: Feb 21 to Feb 24, 11:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Sussex St, Mt Cook, Wellington
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Wilder Fury 2
Wilder Fury 2

When: Feb 23, 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 120 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Venue: The Residence Bar, Wellington

Porirua Mega Fun Carnival
Porirua Mega Fun Carnival

When: Feb 20 to Feb 23, 06:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Awarua St, Porirua City, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
Venue: Elsdon Park, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Wellington Pride Festival - Tū Whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Ta
Wellington Pride Festival - Tū Whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Ta

When: Feb 21 to Mar 8, 08:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 107 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Waitangi Park, Wellington

Wellington Pride Parade
Wellington Pride Parade

When: Mar 7, 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Tennyson Street, Wellington, Wellington
Venue: Courtenay Place, Wellington

2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts
2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts

When: Feb 21 to Mar 15, 09:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
Venue: The Opera House, Wellington

The Wellington Truck & Transport Show
The Wellington Truck & Transport Show

When: Feb 23, 09:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Barton Rd, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region

SLAY - Wellington Vs. Auckland: A Wellington Pride Drag Show
SLAY - Wellington Vs. Auckland: A Wellington Pride Drag Show

When: Feb 22 to Feb 23, 09:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 69 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Venue: The Grand, Wellington

Lillet & Meadowlark Jewellery Workshop
Lillet & Meadowlark Jewellery Workshop

When: Feb 26, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Eatery, Wellington

The Performance Arcade Live Music Series
The Performance Arcade Live Music Series

When: Feb 21 to Mar 1, 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Wellington
Venue: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

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