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: Oct 25 to Oct 26, 08:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington
The Martinborough Colour Run
When: Nov 2, 03:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Princess St, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Venue: Considine Park, Martinborough, Wairarapa
When: Jan 25, 05:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Bellevue St, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Hutt Recreation Ground, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Namaste Wellington - Diwali Fest
When: Oct 26, 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: 48 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Indian Cultural Association, Wellington
When: Oct 18 to Oct 28, 07:00 PM to 02:45 PM
Where: Taita Drive, Avalon, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Avalon Park, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
When: Oct 11 to Nov 9, 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Circa Theatre, Wellington
Truby King Park Open Day
When: Oct 28, 10:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 21 Manchester Tce, Melrose, Wellington
Venue: Truby King Park, Wellington
When: Nov 16, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 69 Courtenay Place, Wellington
Venue: The Grand, Wellington
Jazz Spectacular - Allen Vizzutti, Holly Hofmann, Rodger Fox
When: Oct 24, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Student Union Building, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington
Venue: Victoria University Memorial Theatre, 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.