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Welly loves WOW

This spring, Wellington will declare its love for WOW. From spectacular shop windows and delicious dining deals to wearable art installations, there are plenty of ways to embrace the WOW love story in Wellington.

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From 26 Sep to 13 Oct, the World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW) will take centre stage, right here in the creative capital. Combining dance, theatre, music and art, see incredible garments brought to life in New Zealand's largest theatrical event. 

Preferential tickets go on sale on 1 February, before the General Sale starts on 1 March. Book your tickets at

Keep scrolling for some tips on how to plan your visit to Wellington for WOW, and check back soon for all the exciting activity that will take place during the show season. 

Wellington must dos

Fuel your day with strong coffee at one of Wellington's many top-notch brunch spots. Wander along the waterfront before popping in to the spectacular gallery, Toi Art, at Te Papa. Tempt your tastebuds in Hannah's Laneway, a trail of boutique food factories, or at one of Wellington's tasty markets. Discover more of our creative magic at the Weta Cave or in one of our many galleries

Stay with us

Whether you're after a hotel room with a harbour view, a cheap and cheerful backpackers in the city, or simply a sweet deal, you'll feel right at home in Wellington.

Take a look at Wellington's accommodation options

Day trips from the city

If you’ve got time, Jackson Street in Petone is only a short drive or train ride from the city and is a must for the savvy shopper, art lover, fashionista and gourmet foodie.

Over the hill in Wairarapa, you’ll find Greytown, a charming town filled with a trail of boutiques, artisan products and lovely cafes - Hammonds day tours are the perfect way to visit, and enjoy a glass of wine at lunch!