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What to do on a winter's day

The great thing about the capital of cool is that when the winter weather packs in, you don't have to pack out. Wellington has heaps of great activities and attractions to keep you cosy on a winter's day.

Immersive Events

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Get a soul-warming fix of bar-hopping, head-bopping good times with your choice of 100 gigs in five days at the Wellington Jazz Festival (7-11 June).

Feast for 17 days as the culinary festival Visa Wellington On a Plate (11-27 Aug) serves up an array of foodie delights and discover Wellington LUX light festival (12-21 May) as Wellington’s waterfront and laneways are turned into a captivating celebration of light, art, technology and design.

If you are a craft beer fan, then Beervana (11-12 Aug) is for you! A weekend festival full of tasty brews and delicious eats.

Indoor attractions

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Explore world-class artwork at City Gallery or our interactive national museum, Te PapaJourney through Wellington’s past, present and future at the Wellington Museum - recently named one of the World's Top 50 Museums in The Times UK. 

Ride the Cable Car to Space Place at Carter Observatory and take a virtual journey through space. Or if you're film buff, visit Weta Cave. It's a mini museum offering a behind-the-scenes look at Weta, movie memorabilia and more.

Top spots for a warming hot chocolate

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Warm and creamy hot chocolates can be found at Butlers Chocolate Café on Willis St. Try their Chilli Hot Chocolate for something different, or the Cookie Hot Chocolate for the ultimate indulgence.

Alternatively, Scopa on Cuba Street delivers a delicious hot chocolate in a traditional Italian style, and tucked away down Leeds Street you'll find the Wellington Chocolate Factory to try out hot chocolates and delectable single origin organic chocolate. Yum.

Bustling markets

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Heat up in the bustling Wellington Night Market on Cuba Street (Friday and Saturday nights), and enjoy street food galore while listening to local musicians.

Check out the Wellington Underground Market, a vibrant indoor market showcasing emerging designers, makers, bakers and crafters, held on Saturdays. 

For the very freshest produce and local artisanal food producers, try Harbourside Market on Sundays. 

Heart-warming treats

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Enjoy an afternoon of sweet treats, fine tea and conversation with friends at one of our favourite High Tea spots: Martha's PantryHippopotamus at the QT Museum Wellington and Mojo Kumutoto.

Indulge in rich cheese and dessert fondues at Beach Babylon, or curl up at The Library where they can match you a cocktail with a delicious dessert.

Winter nightlife

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Spend an evening at Noble Rot Wine Bar. The atmosphere is romantic, so get a nice bottle of wine and graze on mouthwatering delights from their seasonal menus. Then head to the world-famous Embassy Theatre in the city or the Art-Deco style Roxy Cinema in Miramar and enjoy a movie in warm, comfy surroundings.

Fire and ice: bars with fireplaces

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Sit by the fireplace and roast marshmallows at Hawthorn Lounge on Tory Street. Relax in the sitting room of Foxglove on the waterfront, where the open fire place, overstuffed couches, ottomans and hot pink velour swivel chairs await you.

Cosy up at Southern Cross Garden Bar & Restaurant where the fireplace is lit and the garden bar stocked against the chill with hot water bottles, blankets and homemade mulled wine.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

Heading to Wellington for a winter escape? Take a look at these hot winter hotel deals.

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