What makes Wellington special
Wellington has everything you need to make your next conference unforgettable and sets the standard for your delegate experience
Location, location, location
Wellington is ideally located in the middle of New Zealand, providing easy access in and out for those who fly, drive, train or even ferry here. For Australians, it’s just a short flight away from the likes of Sydney and Brisbane.
The CBD itself is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Wellington Airport, the longest commute you and your delegates will have during your stay.
Set on a stunning harbour, this compact city has numerous incredible conference and events venues within the city that vary in size and cost for all types of events. We also have multiple accommodation options for every budget, all within walking distance of our food, drink, arts and culture precincts.
We’re even in the midst of building a brand new, purpose-built conference and exhibition centre in the heart of the city!
It means you’ll spend less time travelling to and from locations, and pack more into your itineraries.
If you want to explore the region further, our rugged coastlines, forest areas and award-winning wine region Wairarapa are a short drive from the city, or there are public transport options available as well.
Connecting with creative, cultural and political leaders
Tap into the inventiveness of Wellington's many thriving sectors by collaborating with local speakers, presenters and performers at your next business event. Wellington is known for its government agencies, and its strengths in creative technologies, scientific research and public and professional services.
We have world-class education institutes, we make Hollywood blockbuster films, we have a thriving information and technology industry, we have innovative start-ups alongside established brands, local entrepreneurs and we are home to most of New Zealand’s central government agencies.
The collaborative nature of Wellington gives events hosted in the capital an extra edge, allowing you to tap into the likes of our Government officials as speakers, or bring in helpful resources to further boost your event experience.
Soak up the atmosphere
Delegates love coming to Wellington because it not only offers a fabulous conference experience, but it has a different vibe to most other New Zealand cities and no shortage of things to do or see.
Renowned for its creative and cultural heart, Wellington is home to the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, award-winning eateries, love of coffee, regional wine and craft beer, and boasts a jam-packed events calendar.
Delegates can also browse Cuba Street’s vintage shopping, enjoy performances at Circa Theatre, visit Te Papa or Wellington Museum, take in artworks at City Gallery or movie-making tours at Weta Workshop , your delegates can experience the creative spirit and artistic flair that sets Wellington apart.
For the foodies, soak up the atmosphere and treat your tastebuds– we boast the highest number of restaurants, bars and cafes in the country – all within a short stroll of your conference venue and hotel.
Wellington is also surrounded by stunning scenery and green spaces. Step out of your accommodation and venues onto Wellington’s waterfront, perfect for an afternoon stroll with views across the harbour to Matiu-Somes Island and the Petone Esplanade, venture out at night to see the city lights or take a stroll through beautiful native bush to Mt Victoria Lookout.
For the outdoor lovers, check out the myriad of mountain bike tracks, walking trails and, on a good day, the surf at Lyall Bay Beach, all within a stone’s throw from the city centre.
How ever you and your delegates spend your downtime, Wellington, known as New Zealand’s safest city (2019 Safe Cities Index) will leave you feeling refreshed, and full to the brim of memories.
Building the conference you want
Creativity is in the water here in Wellington and our team is here to help you plan a conference or event tailored to what you need.
We have an incredible network of partners that can bring your event to life through food, music, lighting, sound and performance. Whether you’re looking for a themed cocktail evening, banquet dinner or a vibrant exhibition space, we can connect you to the right people to give your event a unique flair, that your delegates will be talking about for some time after.
Wellington has a range of unique buildings and spaces to host your event, from the historical Parliament Buildings to Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Whatever your needs, we can help adapt any space to make it truly fit-for-purpose.
Big budgets or small, we can deliver to each end of the business events spectrum to ensure you and your delegates experience the very best of our vibrant city.