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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

Wairarapa Balloon Festival - Trust House Night Glow
Wairarapa Balloon Festival - Trust House Night Glow

When: Apr 20, 03:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: Judds Road, Masterton, Wairarapa
Venue: Solway Showgrounds, Masterton, Wairarapa

Zealandia's Egg-cellent Easter Adventure
Zealandia's Egg-cellent Easter Adventure

When: Apr 19 to Apr 22, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington
Venue: ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary, Wellington

Tim Minchin - Back Tour
Tim Minchin - Back Tour

When: Apr 18 to Apr 19, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Venue: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Lock Them In the Attic
Lock Them In the Attic

When: Apr 13 to Apr 28, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Museum, Wellington

The Super Cable Car Easter Egg Hunt
The Super Cable Car Easter Egg Hunt

When: Apr 20 to Apr 21, 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Where: 280 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Cable Car, Wellington

Queen + Adam Lambert - The Rhapsody Tour 2020
Queen + Adam Lambert - The Rhapsody Tour 2020

When: Feb 5, 06:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Glow in the dark titiwai tours - New Zealand glow worms
Glow in the dark titiwai tours - New Zealand glow worms

When: Apr 12 to Sep 27, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Venue: Botanic Garden, Wellington

Zirka Circus
Zirka Circus

When: Apr 18 to Apr 28, 02:00 PM to 02:45 PM
Where: Cnr Rimu Rd & Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast
Venue: Kapiti Primary School, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast

Waikanae Easter Market 2019
Waikanae Easter Market 2019

When: Apr 20, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Waikanae Town Centre
Venue: Waikanae Easter Market 2019, Waikanae, Wellington Region

Nga Manu Easter Celebration
Nga Manu Easter Celebration

When: Apr 19 to Apr 22, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
Venue: Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

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