Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to...


Public art in Wellington's Civic Square. © Colleen Tunnicliff

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Things to do

Taputeranga Marine Reserve

Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington’s city centre and offers snorkelling, diving and walking opportunities. Read the story . . . 

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Entertainment

New Zealand theatre

What if you’re in one of our main cities – it’s evening and it’s raining? Why not go to the theatre! Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Wellington: a capital affair

From the bustling promenade of the waterfront to intimate bars or the pockets of gastronomic pleasure all within walking distance, Wellington is the perfect place to spend a weekend.   Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Wellington

Got kids to entertain? Here are five great ideas for family-friendly days out in Wellington. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

WOAP: a celebration of Wellington cuisine

With pop-up restaurants, kitchen takeovers, talks, tastings, cooking, curing and creating classes and special menus galore, WOAP is as eclectic as it is delicious. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Cuba Street

Wellington’s Cuba Street is, quite simply, cool. Running from Webb to Wakefield Streets, this slice of bohemia positively thrums with culinary and creative soul. Read the story . . . 

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Mercurial Mākara

If you’re looking to swap the comforts of Wellington city for a little slice of outdoor adventure, then pop Mākara Beach into your GPS and get ready to step back in time.  Read the story . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Wellington

Wellington city, with its mix of art, culture, entertainment and thriving gastronomic scene is a great spot for a weekend escape.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Explore wild and windy coastline on the Mākara Walkway

Take in vast views past wind turbines and up to Kāpiti and Mana Islands on this coastal walk just outside Wellington City.   Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Complete the Wellington Craft Beer Capital Trail

With more malts, hops and mash than you can shake a stick at, Wellington is undeniably the capital city of craft beer. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Gardens Magic: live and luminous in Wellington

There’s nothing quite like listening to live music under stars and fairy lights on a warm summer evening.   Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Ghuznee Street

Ghuznee Street has morphed into a republic of cool. There are cafés, hip clothing stores, craft beer and street art – it doesn’t get more Wellington than this. Read the story . . . 

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Ten great places to explore in Wellington

From hilltop vistas to intriguing islands, urban laneways, a fascinating planetarium and a truly artistic drinking fountain – there is so much to discover in and around Wellington City. Read the story . . . 

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Go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop is world-famous, but in Wellington, you can have your own hands-on experience of cinematic craft.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Matiu / Somes Island: New Zealand’s Alcatraz

Visit the intriguing Matiu/Somes island in the middle of Wellington Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Eat and drink your way around Wellington City

With a stellar collection of superb cafés and restaurants, most within easy walking distance, plus an abundance of boutique brew bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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