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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

Hawke's Bay Wine Celebration
Hawke's Bay Wine Celebration

When: Aug 23, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 4 Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Mac's Function Centre, Wellington

Chicago the Musical
Chicago the Musical

When: Sep 13 to Sep 24, 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
Venue: The Opera House, Wellington

Miss and Mister Burlesque Aotearoa 2018
Miss and Mister Burlesque Aotearoa 2018

When: Sep 8, 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 2 Maginnity St, Wellington
Venue: Wellesley Boutique Hotel, Wellington

Urban Axe Throwing Grand Opening
Urban Axe Throwing Grand Opening

When: Sep 1, 11:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Where: 58 Kent Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Sweet Axe Throwing Co., Wellington

Cabaret De Paris
Cabaret De Paris

When: Aug 25, 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
Venue: The Opera House, Wellington

Katchafire: SOLD OUT
Katchafire: SOLD OUT

When: Aug 31 to Sep 2, 08:00 PM to 01:00 AM
Where: 171 Cuba St, Wellington
Venue: San Fran, Wellington

Botanical Art Worldwide 2018 Exhibition
Botanical Art Worldwide 2018 Exhibition

When: Aug 1 to Sep 9, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Venue: Botanic Garden, Wellington

Devilskin NZ Tour 2018
Devilskin NZ Tour 2018

When: Sep 6, 06:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 10 Tocker Street, Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Walter Nash Stadium, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

World of WearableArt 2018
World of WearableArt 2018

When: Sep 27 to Oct 14, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington

William Shakespeare's Othello
William Shakespeare's Othello

When: Sep 5 to Sep 15, 08:00 PM to 10:45 PM
Where: 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington
Venue: Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, Wellington

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YHA Wellington

Bright, super clean, modern, and friendly, this is one of the most central hostels in Wellington. Our 5 Star Gold Qualmark-rated backpackers comes flush with two kitchens, ample communal areas, and an on-site espresso bar. Handy!

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YHA Whanganui

This historic hostel was built in 1880 and shows a taste of what the high life was like in early New Zealand. Enjoy our huge multi-function kitchen and dining, large comfortable lounge with television, music and games, and our free WiFi.

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YHA Picton

YHA Picton ,The Villa is a converted 110-year old boutique character home with sun-drenched rooms, gardens and verandas. Located in the centre of town, everything Picton has to offer is right on our doorstep.

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