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Birthday? Anniversary? Getting hitched? Here's a few ways to celebrate your 2016 special occasion, Wellington-style.
With more than 750 restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from, finding a delicious place for a celebratory meal is a piece of cake. Indulge in a seven course degustation menu at Wellington institution, Logan Brown, feast on fresh New Zealand seafood at Cuisine Magazine's Best New Restaurant for 2015, Whitebait, or enjoy a touch of French decadence at the sumptuous Hippopotamus. You might also want to hit up the hot new haunt that everybody's talking about, the very cool Egmont St Eatery.
Relax in chic surroundings as expert mixologists concoct sophisticated delights at one of the capital's many cocktail bars. Enjoy a tipple amidst the books at The Library, transport yourself to South East Asia with cocktails in the courtyard at Dragonfly, or step back in time at the speakeasy-style Hawthorn Lounge.
Got a sweet tooth? Look no further than the delectable Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture. Experience the true craft of pastry with sweet delights crafted into edible works of art. For those extra special occasions, indulge in an elegant high tea topped off with champagne.
Nothing says romance like chocolate, so treat someone you’re sweet on to chocolate goodies from Bohemein.
Take a daytrip to Wairarapa wine region, just a short drive or train ride from Wellington, and taste your way around the boutique vineyards. Cycle the flat country roads of Martinborough, stop by the cellar doors for tastings of plummy pinot noir, and enjoy a long lunch overlooking the vines. Local favourites include Poppies Martinborough, Murdoch James and Te Kairanga.
Be amazed by the classical masters at the Royal New Zealand Ballet or New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, or enjoy a performance at iconic Bats or Circa Theatre. If you’ve got an occasion to celebrate in September 2016, lock in the fashion, art and theatrical extravaganza that is the World of WearableArt® Awards Show.
Up for a good old fashioned movie night? Do it in style at one of Wellington’s arthouse cinemas. Cosy up on a two-seater couch at the boutique Lighthouse Cuba, or head to the lavish art deco Roxy Cinema in Miramar. Be sure to enjoy a pre-movie meal or cocktail in the classy surrounds of Coco at the Roxy.
Celebrate your occasion by treating yourself or a loved one to something that sparkles. For a truly unique piece, visit the award-winning jewellers at The Village Goldsmith, who can create beautiful bespoke jewellery for you, or choose a contemporary New Zealand design from Lazulé on Cuba Street or Tory & Ko in the Old Bank Arcade.
For the ultimate in luxury, book a Deluxe room at the revamped InterContinental Wellington, with harbour view and spa bath options. You may be tempted not to leave your room. For the full creative capital experience, book in at the opulent QT Museum Wellington, a beautiful cross between hotel and art gallery with decor featuring 66 pieces of original art.