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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 Wellington Ice Skating Rink
The Wellington Ice Skating Rink

When: Jul 4 to Aug 2, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Queens Wharf, Wellington

Bad Girls of Burlesque
Bad Girls of Burlesque

When: Jul 10 to Jul 11, 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 26 Allen Street, Wellington
Venue: The Fringe Bar, Wellington

The Wellington Comedy Club - July
The Wellington Comedy Club - July

When: Jul 2 to Jul 30, 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 171 Cuba St, Wellington
Venue: San Fran, Wellington

Wellington Mid Winter Ball
Wellington Mid Winter Ball

When: Jul 25 to Jul 26, 07:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 131-135, Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011, Wellington
Venue: The Public Trust Building, Wellington

Greytown Festival of Christmas
Greytown Festival of Christmas

When: Jul 1 to Jul 31, 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Where: Main Street, Greytown, Wairarapa
Venue: Greytown Village, Greytown, Wairarapa

Free As A Bird
Free As A Bird

When: May 23 to Jul 19, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington
Venue: ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary, Wellington

Louisa Williamson Quintet
Louisa Williamson Quintet

When: Jul 23, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 30 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: The Third Eye, Wellington

All Blacks v Wales
All Blacks v Wales

When: Jul 11, 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where: 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington

Lip Sync Assassins!
Lip Sync Assassins!

When: Jul 11 to Jul 12, 09:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 63 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Ivy Bar and Cabaret, Wellington

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

When: Jul 1 to Jul 29, 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 74 Courtenay Place, Level 1, Wellington
Venue: The PowWow Room, Wellington

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