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Immerse yourself in the creative capital of New Zealand. Home to movie-making magic, interactive museums, and galleries galore, Wellington is the perfect place to spark your imagination and get your creative fix.
Nicknamed 'Wellywood', we're home to Weta Workshop, the film studios behind the legendary Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies and countless other box office hits. You'll also find over 50 galleries and museums throughout the region full of treasures waiting to be explored, including Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.
Start your day right by getting amongst Wellington’s world-renowned coffee culture, which celebrates local roasteries, ethical produce and talented baristas. Have a browse through some of our favourite cafés, or to kick-start your day at Weta Workshop, pop across the road to Pestle and Mortar. This boutique espresso bar is the ideal spot to fuel up for the day, serving up freshly roasted Peoples coffee from the espresso machine or pour-over style. Be sure to check out their cabinet of sweet and savoury treats too!
From Middle Earth to Tracy Island and beyond, feed your imagination and get an immersive film-making experience on a Weta Studio Tour. Less than 10 minutes drive from Wellington Airport and only 20 minutes from the city, let a knowledgeable guide take you on an interactive adventure through 20 years of award-winning filmmaking, and get up close to mesmerising miniatures that have been used on real sets.
Try some hands-on action for yourself, and craft with the crew on a movie effects workshop where you can make chainmaille, mix movie blood, or sculpt scars and scrapes! The most convenient way to visit Weta Workshop from the city is on a There and Back Again Full Experience. With return transport from the Wellington i-SITE, and two guided tours, it's your perfect insight into Weta Studio's incredible creativity.
Become a nature explorer in Te Papa’s brand-new and free Te Taiao | Nature exhibit, celebrating the weird and wonderful side of our unique environment. Immerse yourself in an collaboration of science and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and learn more about New Zealand’s native wildlife, volcanoes and earthquakes. In an interactive and engaging way, Te Taiao | Nature will challenge and make you think about how you too can play a part in protecting and saving our natural wonders.
After a day of immersing yourself in Wellington's creative culture, it's time to relax and unwind. Dine out at one of the city’s excellent restaurants, then discover local wine and creative cocktails in a cosy laneway bar. Check out our top picks for spots to eat and drink in Wellington, all located within easy walking distance of the CBD.
With 300 hotel rooms within walking distance from Te Papa and the CBD, we’ve got you covered for a creative weekend break. Extend your adventure with our 48-hour guide for arts and culture lovers, in a city with street art and sculptures around every corner. Tie in your trip around our action-packed events calendar, full of local and international performances. On and off the stage, there's something for everyone.