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Things to do

Fun events for the whole family

Wellington's calendar of good times is full of events that are fun for kids and adults alike. Check out a few of our top picks for events for the young, and young at heart.

Wellington Phoenix 2016-2017 Season

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Gather up the kids and get behind New Zealand's only professional football club, Wellington Phoenix as they compete against the best sides in Australia in the Hyundai A-League this summer. 

Bug Lab

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Our planet’s smallest geniuses will be sharing their biggest secrets at Te Papa when Bug Lab opens this summer. Created by Te Papa with Weta Workshop, this is a science exhibition like no other, featuring large-scale exhibits and an interactive lab. 

Capital E Scavenger Hunt 2017


One of Wellington’s favourite family events is back in January. Designed for littlies aged 4+, join Capital E in discovering the best bits about and around Wellington. There will be maps, there will be clues and there will be prizes! This year, you will be going on a space mission so dress appropriately!



It wouldn't be summer without a day at the cricket, right? Gather up the family and cheer on the Blackcaps when they take on South Africa and Bangladesh in the ANZ International Series. With two tests and an ODI to choose, so you've got plenty of opportunities to support our cricket superstars. 

Capital E National Arts Festival


Our nation's biggest celebration of the arts, designed especially for young audiences! The 2017 festival features artists from New Zealand and abroad that specialise in fun, colliding and energising art forms. Dance blends with live music and interactive storytelling; theatre becomes participatory; brass bands perform opera. Expect the unexpected!

Otaki Kite Festival

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Just an hour north of Wellington, Otaki's popular Kite Festival returns for a weekend featuring local, New Zealand, and international kite fliers flying kites of all shapes and sizes. Bring your own kite and join the fun or witness fighting kite battles and stunt kite flying demonstrations. 

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