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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

Herbs
Herbs

When: Aug 24, 08:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 103 Mana Esplanade, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
Venue: Sandbar Pub, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

A Very Pottered Drag Show
A Very Pottered Drag Show

When: Aug 23 to Aug 25, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 26 Allen Street, Wellington
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington

Fathers Day- Axe Throwing!
Fathers Day- Axe Throwing!

When: Sep 1, 12:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Where: 58 Kent Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Sweet Axe Throwing Co., 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

Queen + Adam Lambert - The Rhapsody Tour 2020
Queen + Adam Lambert - The Rhapsody Tour 2020

When: Feb 5, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

The Medicine Stand-up Comedy
The Medicine Stand-up Comedy

When: Aug 7 to Aug 28, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 26 Allen Street, Wellington
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington

Wellington Escape Rooms On a Budget
Wellington Escape Rooms On a Budget

When: Aug 1 to Aug 31, 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Where: 12 Johnston St, Wellington
Venue: Escape Mate, Wellington

Orchestra Wellington - Heroes And Villains!
Orchestra Wellington - Heroes And Villains!

When: Aug 24, 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Dylan Moran
Dylan Moran

When: Oct 12 to Oct 13, 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Brown Bag Lunch: One Billion Trees – Role of Botanic Gardens
Brown Bag Lunch: One Billion Trees – Role of Botanic Gardens

When: Aug 22, 12:30 PM to 01:10 PM
Where: 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Venue: Treehouse Visitor Centre, Wellington

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