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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

SIX60
SIX60

When: Jan 25, 05:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: Bellevue St, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Hutt Recreation Ground, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

If These Walls Could Talk, They'd Tell You My Name
If These Walls Could Talk, They'd Tell You My Name

When: Dec 16 to Mar 8, 09:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Where: Courtenay Place, Wellington
Venue: Courtenay Place Park, Wellington

Alice In Wonderland - The Pantomime
Alice In Wonderland - The Pantomime

When: Nov 15 to Dec 22, 06:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Circa Theatre, Wellington

Santa's Grotto
Santa's Grotto

When: Nov 22 to Dec 22, 08:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where: Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Jackson Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Disneys Aladdin Jnr plus Arabian Nights
Disneys Aladdin Jnr plus Arabian Nights

When: Dec 14, 01:00 PM to 08:15 PM
Where: 83 Pownall St, Masterton, Wairarapa
Venue: Wairarapa College, Masterton, Wairarapa

The Wellington Christmas Markets
The Wellington Christmas Markets

When: Nov 30 to Dec 22, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Underground Market, Wellington

Suffrage in Stitches
Suffrage in Stitches

When: Dec 10 to Apr 27, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Museum, Wellington

Christmas Day Lunch
Christmas Day Lunch

When: Dec 25, 11:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Restaurant, Wellington

Dream11 Super Smash - Christmas at the Basin
Dream11 Super Smash - Christmas at the Basin

When: Dec 21, 12:40 PM to 08:00 PM
Where: Sussex St, Mt Cook, Wellington
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

G.I.Y - Gin It Yourself!
G.I.Y - Gin It Yourself!

When: Nov 30 to Dec 15, 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Restaurant, Wellington

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