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Wellington's winter festivals

The temperature might be dropping, but we're cranking up the heat with a hot line-up of winter festivals around Wellington. Cosy down for great tunes, kai, comedy, culture and craft beer during the chillier months.

Kia Mau Festival

The annual indigenous theatre festival returns to Wellington for its fifth year, with around 160 artists performing across a variety of stages this June. 

Second Unit

Star as an extra on a spooky film set and experience live-action drama where nothing is quite as it seems. Second Unit is set to be the most highly anticipated event for warm blooded bodies this winter.

Wellington Jazz Festival

For a foot-stomping, toe-tapping good ol' time, warm your soul this winter with Wellington Jazz Festival. Choose from more than 100 gigs across the city, featuring the world's finest local and international artists.

West Side Story

Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, this is your chance to see a truly iconic theatre performance right here in Wellington for an exclusive New Zealand season, ahead of its international tour.

Ahi Kā

Celebrate and learn about the Māori New Year with fire, food, friends and whānau. See some of the nation's finest Māori performers and storytellers and experience a beautiful light parade featuring creative talent from local schools. There's something for everyone at this family-friendly evening. 


Matariki ki Pōneke - Wellington Sky Show

Gather your friends and family and celebrate Māori New Year at this spectacular fireworks display over Wellington harbour. Find the perfect perch on the waterfront just after dusk and see the sky light up. 

New Zealand Opera: The Barber of Seville

With a reputation for being one of the craziest operatic comedies ever written, you'll be doubled-over in hysterics during Rossini’s razor-sharp technicolour production of The Barber of Seville. Book now and be tickled by a series of hare-brained schemes.

New Zealand International Film Festival

Cosy down at a cinema near you and see the best New Zealand and international films unfold. Featuring more than 150 films from across the globe, including Cannes winners and NZ Shorts, you'll be hard-pressed to whittle down a must-see list.

All Blacks vs South Africa

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Make your way to the 'cake tin' for Wellington's only All Blacks game of the season. Cheer on the boys in black as these two long-time rivals go head-to-head in this highly-anticipated opening pool match for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Get ready to experience the best in NRL action in the capital: The Vodafone Warriors return to Wellington for a chance at defeating arch rivals, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Visa Wellington On a Plate

This epic month-long culinary festival is a wild celebration of local food and beverage that's jam-packed with unforgettable events and pop-ups, special menus and the iconic Burger Wellington competition. Dive in and whet your appetite.



Beervana is New Zealand's biggest craft beer festival. From new and innovative brews, to silent discos and colourful beer cocktails, you'll find yourself immersed in the most exciting celebration of that famous frothy beverage.