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How to spend your long weekend in Wellington

Spend your Labour Weekend in Wellington enjoying events, trying out new eateries, going for walks and having drinks in the sun. Wellington loves a long weekend and here's our pick of the ways to spend it.

Immerse yourself in VR heritage

If you haven't experienced VR for yourself then here's your chance. This Wellington Museum exhibition uses cutting-edge technology to virtually capture architecture - past and present. Using The Terrace's Gordon Wilson Flats as its focus, this exhibition will give you an insight into a building with an interesting history and show how technology makes it possible to virtually capture our architectural heritage.

Take a trip to the light fantastic

HighLight: Carnival of Lights is shining a spotlight on the Hutt’s Civic Precinct with immersive light installations and performances. The festival is free of charge and on all Labour Weekend from Friday, 25 October to Monday, 28 October from 8pm - 11pm.

Sci Fi Sundays at Space Place

Aro Video and Space Place present Sci Fi Sundays, a series of science fiction films... on you guessed it, Sundays. For the long weekend they're showing Night of the Comets (1984) is a tongue-in-cheek apocalyptic romp is a hidden gem from the year of Orwellian prophecy.

Have brunch by the beach

Breathe in some fresh sea air while you brunch at one of Wellington's favourite seaside cafés - Maranui or The Botanist are Lyall Bay classics, or sit seaside at Scorch-O-Rama or Chocolate Fish Café. Eggs bene, a long black and sea air - does life get any better? 

See some incredible dance

From the creative brilliance of Arts Laureate Ross McCormack comes a darkly cinematic new work performed by renowned national dance company, Footnote New Zealand Dance. Like a beautifully shot, indie thriller film, The Clearing overflows with vivid imagery and mesmerising performances.

Go to a dance party like no other

Wellington dance music fans are in for a treat with the first-ever performance of Synthony in Wellington. Combining the best of electronic dance music with the full might of Orchestra Wellington, plus guest appearances by some of New Zealand’s musical legends, the show will transform TSB Arena into a dance party like no other.

Go check out some new eateries

There's always something new to try in Wellington with new eateries and bars regularly opening up. Go for a Japanese-style fried chicken burger at Karaage Chicken; order up some delicious Japanese small plates at Bambuchi San; go for a glass of wine and a platter at The Puffin; get a coffee from Good Dixie's or grab a bottle of organic wine from Cuba Street's new specialty wine shop, Everyday Wine. 

Go cheer on the 'Nix

The Wellington Phoenix have a fresh squad of young, hungry players ready to emblaze their mark on the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season. Grab your tickets to see the Wellington Phoenix take on Perth Glory this long weekend.

Go to the movies

Wellington is home to some unique and independent cinemas which make for an exceptional movie-going experience. Showing a films ranging from art-house to blockbusters, settle into a comfy chair or couch with a coffee or wine, popcorn or a slice of cake. 

Experience Beethoven history

Marking their 20th anniversary in 2019, Quatuor Ebène have undertaken a project almost symphonic in scale: Beethoven Live Around the World. This concert is going to be a piece of Beethoven history; a moment when people around the world are connected by these extraordinary string quartets. 

Experience a stunning art installation at Te Papa

Finale: Bouquet captures a moment of jubilation, with confetti caught mid-fall in a celebration that never ends. Like a three-dimensional painting, thousands of fluttering, colourful strands fill the gallery. This site-specific artwork is made up of over 210,000 tabs which are fully recyclable. 

Go for a walk

Head off a mini (or major) adventure on one of Wellington's trails. From an hour-long stroll, a morning meander or a full-day day stroll, Wellington's got a trail for you that's just right. Best of all, many of them start and end near great cafés so you can treat yourself to brunch or a craft beer. It is a long weekend, after all.