Wellington and the Wairarapa

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Wellington and the Wairarapa - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bats Theatre

    Te Aro

    Wellington's long-standing source for experimental, sometimes off-the-wall theater hosts a range of performances throughout the year, including stand-up, dance, and theater. There are three performance...Read More

  • 2. Circa Theatre

    Catch contemporary New Zealand pieces along with established masterworks from Harold Pinter to Oscar Wilde. It's on the wharf next to the Museum of New...Read More

  • 3. CubaDupa

    Every year, New Zealand's largest outdoor arts and music festival transforms the capital's cool Cuba Street for a weekend in late March. This free, family-friendly...Read More

  • 4. Matariki

    In late May or early June, Māori New Year begins with the first new moon after the appearance of Matariki (Pleiades). To celebrate, the Museum...Read More

  • 5. Michael Fowler Centre

    Named after a former long-standing mayor, this venue regularly hosts shows ranging from the New Zealand Ballet to orchestral and pop concerts....Read More

  • 6. Opera House

    Wellington's century-old Opera House has plush carpets and tiered seating. As the capital's main mid-size venue, its line-up consists of stage performances, musicals, and international...Read More

  • 7. St. James Theatre

    The ornate, turn-of-the-20th-century St. James Theatre hosts dance performances, musicals, and opera. This is the official home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the...Read More

  • 8. The New Zealand Festival of the Arts

    The country's major art showcase is held February through March on even-numbered years at venues across the city. A huge array of international talent in...Read More

  • 9. Ticketek

    Buy tickets for local performances at this spot between the Michael Fowler Center and the Town Hall....Read More

  • 10. Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival

    Devoted to the hedonist's holy trinity, this festival occurs on the third Sunday of November. Thousands of tickets are typically sold within hours of their...Read More

  • 11. TSB Arena

    Headlining tours head to this large indoor venue on the waterfront....Read More

  • 12. Wellington on a Plate

    Wellington's annual food festival hosts over 100 events, with local and visiting chefs creating special menus and experiences. New Zealand's largest beer festival, Beervana, kicks...Read More

  • 13. Cuba Street Carnival


    At the Cuba Street Carnival, which runs on alternate years to the Arts Festival (odd numbered years) for two days in March, food-and-crafts...Read More

  • 14. Downstage Theatre

    Performances of stage classics, contemporary drama, comedy, and dance all grace the stage....Read More

  • 15. Efil Doog Garden of Art

    Art Galleries–Arts

    Shirley and Ernest Cosgrove tend a stunning 11-acre garden and sculpture display. They also have an art gallery exhibiting some fine early–New...Read More

  • 16. Wellington Convention Centre

    Arts Centers

    Wellington is the home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, known as much for contemporary works by New Zealand and international choreographers...Read More

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