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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

Hamlet - Summer Shakespeare
Hamlet - Summer Shakespeare

When: Feb 15 to Mar 2, 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Venue: The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington

WNM Lantern Festival 2019
WNM Lantern Festival 2019

When: Feb 23 to Feb 25, 05:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 116 Cuba Street, Lower Cuba Street, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Night Market, Wellington

Food For Thought
Food For Thought

When: Mar 11, 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 55 Cable Street, Wellington, Wellington
Venue: Amokura Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Lanterns of The Terracotta Warriors
Lanterns of The Terracotta Warriors

When: Feb 5 to Feb 25, 06:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where: 55 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Te Papa, Wellington

Summer Pop-up Village
Summer Pop-up Village

When: Dec 18 to Mar 3, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Taranaki Wharf, Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Pop-up Village, Wellington

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

When: Dec 15 to Apr 22, 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 55 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: Te Papa, Wellington

Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019
Te Matatini ki te Ao 2019

When: Feb 21 to Feb 24, 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams

When: Feb 24, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Puruatanga Rd, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Venue: Luna Estate, Martinborough, Wairarapa

Te Pōhutu Nui - Welly Bomb Comp
Te Pōhutu Nui - Welly Bomb Comp

When: Feb 23, 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where: Wellington
Venue: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington

Rotary Martinborough Fair 2019
Rotary Martinborough Fair 2019

When: Feb 2 to Mar 2, 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Martinborough Square, Martinborough, Wairarapa
Venue: Martinborough Square, Martinborough, Wairarapa

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