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Wellington works for Labour Weekend visitors

25 Sep 2013

Today is a good day to take all the work out of planning Labour Weekend - here’s a guide to great deals, new openings and latest happenings in the capital of cool.

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A dish from Muse on Allen restaurant.

Accommodation deals that work

Wellington’s top hotels have a range of great accommodation deals on offer for the long weekend. 

You can Stay & Save on CityLife Wellington's spacious Two Bedroom Suites when you stay two nights or more, with a nightly rate of just $199+gst. Kids also get free breakfast (1 per paying adult). If you’re driving in with the family, Rydges Wellington’s Park Up for the Weekend package is just the ticket, with free parking, breakfast for two, and kids under 12 staying and eating free (T&Cs apply) for just $185 per night.

Explore international art, design and history at Te Papa

Te Papa will be full of major local and international exhibitions over Labour Weekend. Direct from Mexico, Aztecs: Conquest & Glory will immerse you in an ancient culture of complexity, splendor and dark intrigue, while Colour & Light: Impressionism from France & America features works from the likes of Monet, Degas and Renoir. To round off a triple-header of must-see’s, New Zealand’s creative spirit is exemplified in The WOW Factor: 25 Years in the Making, which celebrates a quarter-century of taking art off the walls and onto the body through show-stopping garments, behind-the scenes sketches, models and archival video.

Light entertainment

On the Sunday evening of Labour Weekend, join the people of Wellington on the waterfront for our 12th annual Diwali Festival of Lights, a magical celebration of the end of winter, full of the colours, sounds, tastes and spicy aromas of India. Highlights of the festival include delicious food stalls, traditional and contemporary dance and music, and beautiful displays.

More than meats the eye

There’s always a new joint opening in the culinary capital, and Labour Weekend is a perfect time to discover a new favourite Wellington eatery. For a taste of somewhere new, check out Muse On Allen, whose 22-year-old head chef and co-owner Samuel North has caught everyone’s attention by winning the prestigious MiNDFOOD Wellington On a Plate Award in August. Speaking of a winning taste, also pop in to Ti Kouka Cafe, who took out this year’s coveted Burger Wellington competition.  Also newish to town are Masterchef NZ judge Simon Gault’s, The Crab Shack, and the latest venture from the boys behind the iconic Capitol, WBC Restaurant. 

For more inspiration and to book your Labour Weekend getaway, visit

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