A wild weekend of music festival fun

Get ready to shake it on down at Downtown Shakedown, the first music festival of the summer, plus an assortment of other weekend fun and games

Dirty little secret image credit celeste fontein

Welcome to Wellington

If you're arriving via the airport, take the scenic route into the city around the bays. Roll down the windows and breathe in that fresh, salty air. Check in at your hotel - Downtown Shakedown has partnered with Rydges and QT Wellington to offer some great deals. Head to downtownshakedown.co.nz to find out more.

After you've dropped your bags and checked out your hotel room's toiletries,  head to one of Wellington's rooftop bars for a refreshing drink - Dirty Little Secret or The Arborist are popular spots. When hunger strikes, head to one of Wellington's hottest new eateries for dinner - and follow it up with a scoop of Duck Island ice cream.

Oriental Bay runners safe
Duck Island
DLS cocktail with Emma
People walking trail on Mt Victoria overlooking Wellington
eat and drink caffe LAffare Credit Celeste Fontein cafe coffee hot chocolate v2
Beach Babylon outdoor dining trees beach

Today's the day

Start the day off right with a bit of exercise. Follow one of the trails to the top of Mount Victoria to check out the stunning views from the top over the city, harbour and suburbs. 

Head down to Oriental Bay to find yourself some brunch from one of the seaside eateries. Coene's, Lola Stays or Beach Babylon are all excellent choices. Post-brunch, cross the road for a walk on the sandy beach and a swim if you're feeling keen. 

Te Papa is just a hop, skip and a jump from here so you might as well pop your head in. Check out the incredible new nature exhibition, Te Tao Nature, or the larger-than-life human figures in Gallipoli: the scale of our war or head upstairs for an art fix in Toi Art or one of the other incredible exhibitions on display.

Afterwards, grab a scoop of Welly's finest gelato and head back to your hotel to get ready for the afternoon's entertainment.

Shake it on down

Make your way to Waitangi Park on Wellington waterfront for Downtown Shakedown. The first music festival of the summer is being held under a giant super top marquee to give you shelter as you enjoy the line-up of six incredible Kiwi performers. Local legends Fat Freddy’s Drop and rising global superstar BENEE will join Kiwi supergroup L.A.B as the headline acts, alongside alt-pop duo BROODS, Sola Rosa and Sunshine Soundsystem.


Jim Beam Homegrown
El Horno bar courtenay place
Tommy Millions holding pizza image credit Johnny Hendrikus
The Library bar booth couple books cosy

Continue the party

Carry on the fun after Downtown Shakedown and head to nearby Courtenay Place. If you feel like going for a dance, head to Lulu, Dirty Little Secret or Mishmosh. For cocktails, head to one of Courtenay Place's top bars - and if you feel like dancing AND cocktails, head to The Library or Lulu. 

For late-night snacks, head to Tommy's at the bottom of Courtenay Place for New York-inspired pizza by the slice, Sweet Mother's Kitchen for tacos and curly fries or KC Cafe for a plate of crispy pork on rice (or one of the other 160 other delicious dishes on the menu). 


Rise and shine

Wake up late and then go and find some breakfast from one of the oh-so-many great inner-city eateries. Award-winning eatery Shepherd offers brunch on Sundays - an occasion that's worth waiting all week for. Get your first cup of bottomless filter coffee or a cheeky cocktail as you peruse the menu, featuring treats from Braw Snacks including the decadent kouign ice cream sandwich, and Shepherd brunch favourites like the potato hash. 

Braw x Shepherd brunch dishes
Egmont St Wellington street art people


After brunch and coffee, take a wander to check out the street art in Hannahs Laneway and nearby Egmont Street. Poke your head into some of the vintage stores on Cuba Street and go take a look at the classic Bucket Fountain. If you feel like doing a spot more shopping, there's plenty of great shopping precincts nearby

And there you have it: a wild weekend of music festival fun. We're pretty confident you'll end the weekend tired, happy and feeling like you can't wait to come back again. 

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