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!
Don't leave without
seeing the view from Mount Victoria
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When: Jun 13 to Jun 30, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Where: 5 Cable St, Wellington
Venue: St Johns Bar & Restaurant, Wellington
Wellington Sky Show - Matariki ki Pōneke
When: Jun 29, 06:30 PM to 06:40 PM
Venue: Wellington Harbour - Roadside Stories, Wellington
Winter Pop-up Village
When: Jun 21 to Jul 23, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 15 Customhouse Quay
Venue: Kumutoto ki Tai, Wellington
When: Oct 25 to Oct 26, 08:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: TSB Arena, Wellington
When: Jun 13 to Jun 30, 07:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Venue: Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
When: Jun 22 to Jun 29, 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington
Venue: Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
Book Launch - How To Escape From Prison by Dr Paul Wood
When: Jun 27, 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: 57 Willis St, Wellington
Venue: Unity Books, Wellington
Cirque Du Play
When: May 27 to Aug 1, 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM
Where: 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Capital E, Wellington
Northern Region Polyfest
When: Jun 28, 10:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: 17 Parumoana St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
Venue: Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region
YHA Wellington is one of the best-located backpacker hostels in town, complete with two kitchens, vibrant communal spaces, and an on-site espresso bar.
This charming heritage backpacker hostel offers an opportunity to experience the luxury of early New Zealand, combined with well-kept, modern facilities.
A family-owned backpacker hostel, YHA Picton The Villa has everything on its doorstep; diving, kayaking, walks, or of course, a ferry ride to the North Island.