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What's new in Wellington

Keep up-to-date on new activities, attractions and accommodation that open in our city, as well as the latest product developments, refurbishments and awards that we win.

New Convention Centre and Movie Museum

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Wellington City Council has secured land adjacent to Te Papa for the purpose of developing a three-level Movie Museum and Convention Centre. The development of the project is a partnership between Wellington City Council, The Move Museum Ltd and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. At this stage it is expected to open during 2019. 

Museum Art Hotel rebranding

New Museum Hotel Exterior

Museum Art Hotel was purchased by Amalgamated Holdings Limited and will be rebranding under the upmarket QT brand, becoming New Zealand's first QT hotel. A multi-million dollar refurbishment of all hotel rooms will commence shortly, and treasures including the artwork and Hippopotamus Restaurant will remain. 

Sofitel Wellington

Sofitel Wellington Superior Room

Sofitel Wellington is due to open on 1 July 2016 in Bolton Street. Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington's business and government hub, Sofitel Wellington blends the French 'art de vivre' with the pure beauty of New Zealand's capital.

View the Sofitel Wellington fact sheet [PDF, 374KB, 2 pages].

Switched On Bikes now trade-ready

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Switched On Bikes is a new eBike company getting rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

eBikes are the newest and most fun way to see Wellington! You can head up Wellington's steepest hills without breaking a sweat or cruise around the scenic bays. Hire eBikes and cruise around by yourself or join a small group guided tour and be taken to the must-see spots around Wellington. 

View Switched On Bikes trade sheet [PDF, 573KB, 2 pages]. 

Wellington Cable Car closed for maintenance

Wellington Cable Car will be closed for eight weeks from 7 June to 31 July 2016 for a major upgrade of the electric drive and control system. The last equipment upgrade was completed in 1979 and technology has progressed significantly since then. This project will allow the Cable Car to continue to operate reliably and safely into the future.

A replacement bus service will operate during the shutdown between Lambton Quay (at the end of Cable Car Lane) and Kelburn via the Terrace and Victoria University's Kelburn Campus.

Complimentary express breakfast at CQ Hotel

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For all new bookings from 1 July 2016, all rates at the Comfort Hotel Wellington will now include an express breakfast. Express breakfast includes gourmet bread basket with spreads, pastries and muffins as well as hot and cold beverages. 

Te Papa now offering Highlights tour in Mandarin

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Te Papa are now offering free museum highlight tours in Mandarin. Visitors will gain insights into New Zealand culture and history through an engaging tour delivered by knowledgeable hosts. Learn stories of the Chinese community and its influence on New Zealand society today. Tours begin at 11am daily, for a duration of 1 hour.

New Thunderbirds Are Go behind-the-scenes experience at Weta Workshop

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Weta Workshop are now offering a behind-the-scenes look into the production of Thunderbirds Are Go. Discover the authentic props and models behind the popular tv series on a tour guided by Weta Workshop crew. Tours are 45 minutes and run every half hour from 9:00am - 5:00pm, starting at the Weta Cave.

Singapore Airlines announce new 'Capital Express' service

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Singapore Airlines have announced a new long haul service connecting Wellington to Singapore via Canberra. The airline has become the first non-Tasman operator to service more than two destinations in New Zealand. The new ‘Capital Express’ route will operate four times a week with the first service scheduled for September 2016.

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