A wild weekend for arts and culture lovers

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

This is a wild weekend for those who love to immerse themselves in arts, creativity and culture. Dive into the creative world of movie-magic with a prosthetics workshop. 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.

Discover hidden gems in The Attic

In a former cargo warehouse on the waterfront is Wellington Museum, voted 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 hands-on at Wētā Workshop

Visit the home of movie-making magic in the heart of Wellywood. Tucked away in Miramar, a short drive from Wellington’s city centre, Wētā Workshop crafts physical effects for some of the world’s most renowned films and TV shows.

Dive headfirst into their creative world with one of their hands-on workshops. From sculpting to special effects make-up and prosthetics, this is your chance to learn tips and tricks of the trade directly from the Wētā Workshop crew.



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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