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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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events

The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery
The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery

When: Dec 5 to Dec 13, 12:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: Riverbank St, Ebdentown, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Riverbank Park, Upper Hutt, Wellington Region

Downtown Shakedown
Downtown Shakedown

When: Dec 5, 03:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 107 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Waitangi Park, Wellington

Te Papa's Christmas Night Market
Te Papa's Christmas Night Market

When: Dec 3, 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 55 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Te Papa, Wellington

Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2021
Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2021

When: Feb 26 to Feb 28, 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: South Road, Masterton, Wairarapa
Venue: Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, Wairarapa

Blackcaps v West Indies 2nd Test Match
Blackcaps v West Indies 2nd Test Match

When: Dec 11 to Dec 15, 11:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Sussex St, Mt Cook, Wellington
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Christmas Day Lunch Buffet: SOLD OUT
Christmas Day Lunch Buffet: SOLD OUT

When: Dec 25, 11:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Where: 110 Wakefield St, Wellington
Venue: West Plaza Hotel, Wellington

Light Years Christmas
Light Years Christmas

When: Nov 16 to Dec 22, 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM
Where: 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Capital E, Wellington

Cinderella – The Pantomime
Cinderella – The Pantomime

When: Nov 13 to Dec 20, 06:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Circa Theatre, Wellington

Christmas Pop Up
Christmas Pop Up

When: Nov 26 to Dec 24, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 20 Manners St
Venue: Manners Street, Wellington

Johnsonville Charitable Trust Christmas Parade 2020
Johnsonville Charitable Trust Christmas Parade 2020

When: Dec 5, 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM
Where: starting from Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville
Venue: Johnsonville, Wellington

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