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20 ways Wellington can warm up your winter

Winter may be coming, but that doesn't mean you need to hibernate. Here in Wellington, things are just starting to heat up, so don't be left out in the cold. Here's a few ways Wellington can warm up your winter.

  1. Feast on hearty comfort food at hip suburban eatery, Salty Pidgin, before toasting marshmallows on the open fire.
  2. Wrap up warm to enjoy a mid-winter treat with Winter Wednesdays at Wellington Zoo - $5 child and $10 adult entry!
  3. See the bright and colourful graphic art by the late Sister Corita Kent at City Gallery's exhibition, Sister Corita’s Summer of Love (until 16 October).
  4. Eat, drink and be Welly at New Zealand's tastiest food festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate (12-28 August), featuring 17 days of tantalising menus, events, burgers, pop-ups and more!
  5. Warm up with a decadent Italian hot chocolate from Scopa
  6. Journey back to WWI at two incredible exhibitions - Gallipoli: The scale of our war, and The Great War Exhibition.
  7. Give your wardrobe a winter makeover at the exclusive new David Jones department store.
  1. Tuck into a good old fashioned Sunday roast at favourite haunts, Matterhorn or Boulcott St Bistro
  2. Try one of CGR Merchant & Co’s warming whiskeys or rums. We recommend the salted caramel infused rum.
  3. Uncover New Zealand’s photographic heritage with New Zealand Photography Collected  at Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
  4. Add some spice to your life with Firecracker chicken from Monsoon Poon. Guaranteed to warm you up!
  5. Get your blood pumping with a brisk walk up to the Mt Victoria Lookout.
  6. Enjoy an action-packed afternoon with Boomrock's Sunday Lunch Special. Head to Wellington's spectacular south coast for a long lunch followed by extreme golf, petanque and horse shoe throwing.
  7. Cheer on our mighty All Blacks when they face the Aussies in the Bledisloe Cup match at Westpac Stadium (27 August).
  1. Treat yourself to a decadent high tea at Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture.
  2. Catch a movie at the luxurious Embassy Theatre followed by a mulled wine from downstairs Black Sparrow cocktail bar.
  3. Cosy up with cocktails, cheese and some smooth live tunes at The Library.
  4. Be moved by classical music at the free Winter Concert Series held in the Hall of Memories at Pukeahu National War Memorial (until 2 October).
  5. Discover Wellington’s secrets and treasures hidden in The Attic at Wellington Museum.
  6. Get the warm fuzzies when you meet and greet the local creatures at Zealandia.
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