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What to do these school holidays in Wellington

By Simon 12 Sep 2019

Spring is in the air and the school holidays are just around the corner. There's plenty of family-friendly fun to be had these school holidays - whether it's tiptoeing around the tulips at the Wellington Botanic Garden, getting a dose of arts and culture or enjoying an afternoon of rugby at the stadium.



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He Kura Kōrero – The Gift of Speech

1 - 12 October, Circa Theatre 

Not only does this promise to be an original and entertaining journey through magical worlds, He Kura Kōrero brings with it the chance for younger audiences to learn and use more te reo Māori in their everyday life. With live music, comedy, kapa haka, song and storytelling, He Kura Kōrero will be a fun and illuminating way of exploring the native language of New Zealand. With two performances a day across the school holidays, make sure this is high on your list of family activities these school holidays. 


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Mr McGee and the Biting Flea

28 & 29 September, Southward Theatre
2 - 11 October, Hannah Playhouse

Capital E has an international reputation for touring high-quality children’s theatre, so any show they put on is worth taking a look at. This October they are bringing to life Patch Theatre Company’s much-loved collection of short tales by Pamela Allen. Huge packing cases open to reveal a bright and imaginative array of props and found objects, which three talented performers use to tell six different stories in an hour.


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Maker Faire

20 October, TSB Auditorium (Shed 6) 

Well not technically in the school holidays, think of Maker Faire as the source of inspiration for holiday activities. Maker Faire is the perfect chance to explore and see what hobbies and ideas some of the most talented engineers and scientists around are having. Crafters and artists will also be showing off their latest exciting endeavours. A visit is sure to inspire all ages, and you are pretty much guaranteed to walk away having learnt something new. Who knows, you may even have some ideas on joining the maker community yourself!


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Wellington Lions v Northland

28 September, Westpac Stadium

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing in Japan, the nation’s favourite sport is sure to be firmly in the spotlight these school holidays. The Wellington Lions are going strong in this year’s Mitre 10 Cup and boast a whole host of Hurricanes players on their roster. This family-friendly kick-off against the Taniwha is the perfect chance for all ages to experience the thrill of professional live sport at the 'Cake Tin', as they chase the Premiership title. There is also the chance to celebrate 30 years of Women’s Rugby in Wellington as the Pride face off against Waikato in a curtain-raiser in the Farah Palmer Cup earlier in the afternoon.


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Spring Festival

22 - 29 September, Wellington Botanic Garden 

The start of the school holidays sees the clocks move forward for daylight saving and spring is firmly in the air. Bask in the better weather with a trip to Wellington Botanic Garden for their annual Spring Festival. This year it includes guided walking tours, the always popular Tulip Sunday and Bloom, a multi-media installation of unique sound sculptures by day and visual displays by night. This collaboration comes from the New Zealand School of Music and Victoria University’s Masters of Fine Arts students, so expect cutting edge and innovative work to be firmly on show.


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