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9 ways Wellington can light your fire this winter

If winter’s chilly embrace has you firmly in its grip, and things are starting to get a tad frosty (and we don’t mean your lawn), it might be time to escape for a little quality time. Here’s a few ways Wellington can help reignite your spark…

Delightful degustations


Can’t remember when you last had some decent one-on-one time with a loved one? We’ve got the perfect solution. Settle in for a few hours together over a degustation from one of Wellington’s top restaurants. Cuba St favourite Logan Brown offers a five or seven course degustation, newcomer Jano offers a seven course extravaganza, while the luxurious Hippopotamus Restaurant has five, six or eight courses (oh my!). 

Make a date with Cuba St


Forget date night and instead treat your special someone to a date weekend in and around Wellington’s vibrant Cuba Street. Heat up with street eats from the Wellington Night Market, or dine at urban oasis, Olive, before cosying up with a film at the boutique Light House Cinema. Fancy a nightcap? Hop across the road to Havana Bar and take a wee trip to Cuba from the comfort of your bar stool.

After a good night’s sleep in the very cool CQ Hotel, tuck into a hearty brunch and strong coffee at Fidel's, before perusing the many eclectic stores dotted along Wellington’s bohemian boulevard. 

Romantic strolls

Winter waterfront

Breathe some life (and fresh air) into your relationship with a walk in Wellington’s great outdoors. Wander the scenic waterfront, warm up with a brisk walk up to the Mount Victoria lookout, or soak up the views from the Brooklyn Wind Turbine. For a longer outing, try the City to Sea Walkway which takes you from the city to the spectacular south coast. Download the free Welly Walks app for more inspiration. 

Cosy cocktails

winter hawthorn lounge

Cosy up with a cocktail or two in one of Wellington’s chicest bars. Hawthorn Lounge, The Library and CGR Merchant & Co are perfect for a little romantic rendez-vous. Tucked away from the crowds, these spots offer plenty of cosy corners, so you can enjoy a tipple and some quality conversation.  

Hot hotels

museum art winter deals

Rekindle the flame and sleep in style at Museum Art Hotel. With their special winter package, you can escape the cold and snuggle up in one of their beautiful rooms, and be treated to a cheese platter and bottle of Pinot Noir on arrival. Plus you’ll receive a complimentary late check out of 12pm. Or book a Couple’s Therapy Package at Rydges Hotel and receive a full buffet brekkie, plus a bottle of bubbles on arrival, so you can toast your weekend away together. 

Sweeten the deal

waffle shop winter

If you share a love of all things sweet, Wellington’s got the goods for you.  Have your cake and eat it at the very decadent Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture, or share one of Zibibbo's famous dessert platters. For a late night sugar hit, warm up with a rich, hot chocolate from Scopa, or grab a waffle from local hot spot, the Little Waffle Shop.

Pamper packages


Escape the stresses of everyday life and treat yourselves to a bit of pampering. Book an indulgent spa package at the beautiful and exotic East Day Spa, or choose one of Forme Spa’s romantic treatments especially for couples. 

Flights of fancy

wgtn helicopters

Take your love to new heights with a helicopter flight with Wellington Helicopters. Impress your special someone as your soar over the city and soak up the views of the majestic hills and sparkling harbour. Or if you really want to earn some brownie points, splash out with a luxury heli-lunch to Wharekauhau in Wairarapa.

Energising events

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Are you a sports-mad duo? Or foodie fans? Whatever sets your hearts aflutter, Wellington's got an event for you.

  • For a dash of culture, spend a night with the Royal New Zealand Ballet when they present the beautiful tale of Giselle (11-14 August);
  • If craft beer floats your boat, head along to the two-day celebration of all things crafty at Beervana (12-13 August);
  • Indulge your love of culinary delights (and each other) during two week foodie extravaganza, Visa Wellington On a Plate™ (12-28 August);
  • Show your support for the ABs when they take on Aussie in the Bledisloe Cup match at Westpac Stadium (27 August).
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