Culture and creativity experiences

Find out why Wellington is New Zealand’s cultural and creative capital.

Royal NZ Ballet

115 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Wellington is the cultural heart of New Zealand, home to a wealth of world-class artists and performers. Led by Artistic Director Patricia Barker, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is a visionary company that excels in both classical and contemporary ballet.  Experience this exquisite art form up close with a visit to the Royal New Zealand Ballet, giving you fascinating insights into the working lives of elite performers at the top of their profession.

BE Royal NZ Ballet Madeleine Graham and Katie Hurst Saxton rehearsing the role of Vivette from LArlesienne
Writers Walk I Love This City

Wellington Writers Walk

Wellington waterfront

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Take a walk along the Wellington waterfront and uncover the 23 sculptures that make up the Wellington Writers Walk. Each quote tells a story and takes the form of contemporary concrete plaques and inlaid metal text on wooden benchmarks.

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Te Papa Tours

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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The perfect way to get an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Māori taonga and New Zealand history. Ideal for visitors with limited time or wanting an introduction for an extended visit. Take an in-depth journey to discover Te Papa’s taonga and hear their stories for insights into Māori culture. From historic, artistic, and contemporary perspectives, this tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Māori culture unique.

Te Papa Tour walking tour with guide

Explore the Quirky and The Eccentric

3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf , Wellington

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Step back in time as you enter the gorgeous late 19th century Bond Store building on bustling Queens Wharf. Guided on a private tour, you’ll come face to face with 150 years of Wellington’s fascinating history as capital of New Zealand as you explore 4 floors of the Museum, rated as one of the Top 50 Museums in the world. Tea, coffee and refreshments can be provided in the grand boardroom at an additional cost.

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Gallery floor at Kura Gallery on Allen Street

New Zealand Parliament Private Tour

Molesworth Street, Pipitea, Wellington

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Private tours of New Zealand Parliament buildings are available on request. These tours can be tailored to reflect the interests and knowledge and needs of your group. This can include the Introducing or Highlights of Parliament's tours, which are a great way to learn about our parliamentary processes and New Zealand's history while looking through our iconic buildings. Personalised Art Tours are also available.

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The Dowse Art Museum exhibition gallery

The Dowse Art Museum

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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The Dowse Art Museum is a free public gallery for people to enjoy contemporary art and culture. It has one of New Zealand's largest and significant public art collection numbering over 3,500 items.

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