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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When: Feb 21 to Feb 24, 11:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Sussex St, Mt Cook, Wellington
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
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When: Feb 23, 03:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 120 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Venue: The Residence Bar, Wellington
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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
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When: Feb 21 to Mar 8, 08:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 107 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Waitangi Park, Wellington
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When: Mar 7, 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Tennyson Street, Wellington, Wellington
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When: Feb 21 to Mar 15, 09:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
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When: Feb 23, 09:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Barton Rd, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
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When: Feb 22 to Feb 23, 09:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 69 Courtenay Place, Wellington
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When: Feb 26, 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Eatery, Wellington
YHA Wellington is one of the best-located backpacker hostels in town, complete with two kitchens, vibrant communal spaces, and an on-site espresso bar.
This charming heritage backpacker hostel offers an opportunity to experience the luxury of early New Zealand, combined with well-kept, modern facilities.
A family-owned backpacker hostel, YHA Picton The Villa has everything on its doorstep; diving, kayaking, walks, or of course, a ferry ride to the North Island.