A wild weekend for arts and culture lovers

Looking for a high octane dose of arts and culture? This wild weekend is for you

This is a wild weekend for those who love to immerse themselves in arts and culture. Take part in a two-day street festival in honour of Wellington's most creative and diverse street. Wander the city to discover incredible street art and public sculptures and explore two of Wellington's most acclaimed museums. 

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Find art everywhere

As you wander around the city, keep an eye out for art - you might find your new favourite artwork where you least expect it. 

Near Wellington Airport, in the suburb of Kilbirnie, is Miriama Grace-Smith's (Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Porou) incredible mural Te Taiao depicting the birds and marine life that inhabit the Wellington coastline and sea. In the city, you'll find street art by some of Wellington's leading artists including Xoë Hall's (Kai Tahu) much-loved Bowie mural on Ghuznee Street and her new work at Massey University on the corner of Taranaki and Wallace Street. 




Explore The Attic

In a former cargo warehouse on the waterfront is Wellington Museumvoted as one of the top 50 museums in the world by The Times, in London. Begin your exploration of Wellington Museum at The Attic, an exhibition that tells Wellington's history through an array of eclectic and fascinating objects and interactive experiences.

Take a journey back in time, meet Wellington Zoo's first lion and check out a set from award-winning vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which was filmed here in Wellington. This is the sort of exhibition that will bring out your inner child. 


Get set for CubaDupa

CubaDupa (27-28 March) is a two-day celebration of Cuba Street, Wellington's best-loved and best-known street. At Aotearoa's most creative and diverse festival, cars are out, and dancing feet are in. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress up - wear a costume, paint your face or put on your most colourful outfit and channel your own inner CubaDupa spirit. Only in Wellington. 

Restaurants, shops, bars and cafés all get amongst the festivities as art, music, performance and magic takes over Cuba Precinct's streets and footpaths for an entire weekend.


Be wowed at Te Papa

Te Papa’s nature zone, Te Taiao Nature (pronounced 'teh tie-oh'), features interactive experiences and over 1,200 collection items from Te Papa’s collections. See everything from the large (moa egg) to the small (rifleman’s egg), the old (giant ammonite specimen) to the new (newly taxidermied pair of albatross). 

In true Te Papa style, Te Taiao Nature features dozens of brand-new interactive experiences, but also offers the chance for some quiet contemplation on nature and the world we live in.

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