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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!

Don't leave without

seeing the view from Mount Victoria

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stories

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Central North Road Trip

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Top 5 Romantic Hostel Getaways

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Top 5 Must-Do Activities in Wellington

As one of the most central hostels in town, our YHA Wellington team pride themselves on being well-placed to explore and offer tips about this cool...

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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

Summer Pop-up Village
Summer Pop-up Village

When: Dec 12 to Mar 2, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Taranaki Wharf, Taranaki St, Wellington
Venue: Pop-Up Village, Wellington

BLACKCAPS v India T20
BLACKCAPS v India T20

When: Jan 31, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington

My Dad Wrote A Porno - World Tour 2020
My Dad Wrote A Porno - World Tour 2020

When: Jan 21, 08:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
Venue: The Opera House, Wellington

Gardens Magic 2020 - H4lf Cāst
Gardens Magic 2020 - H4lf Cāst

When: Jan 21, 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Venue: Botanic Garden, 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: Sky Stadium, Wellington

Wairarapa Country Music Festival at Tauherenikau
Wairarapa Country Music Festival at Tauherenikau

When: Jan 24 to Jan 26, 03:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Main Rd, Tauherenikau, Featherston, Wairarapa
Venue: Tauherenikau Racecourse, Featherston, Wairarapa

BLACKCAPS v India Test
BLACKCAPS v India Test

When: Feb 21 to Feb 24, 11:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Sussex St, Mt Cook, Wellington
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Ship 'n' Chip
Ship 'n' Chip

When: Dec 18 to Mar 31, 11:00 AM to 03:45 PM
Where: 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Venue: Wellington Museum, Wellington

Petone Summer Carnival
Petone Summer Carnival

When: Jan 22 to Jan 26, 06:30 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: The Espanade, Petone, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region
Venue: Petone Foreshore, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

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