The ultimate Six60 wild weekend in Wellington
Have the ultimate summer weekend in Wellington with Six60's only stadium concert of their summer tour, food festival fun and a whole lot more
Summer weekends don't get any better than this: Kiwi award-winning, chart-topping and stadium-filling phenomenon Six60 are coming to Wellington for a one-night-only stadium concert at Sky Stadium and that same day, Wellington Wine and Food Festival will be holding their annual celebration of local wine, craft beer and exceptional kai.
We've put together the ultimate Six60 weekend featuring drinks at a rooftop bar, brunch by the sea, a spot of shopping and a visit to Te Papa for your best-ever summer weekend - we promise.
Arrive in Wellington and drop your bags at your hotel. If you want to be close to Sky Stadium, staying at Rydges Wellington is a great choice. From here, it's an easy stroll to the stadium, plus you're close to the waterfront and it's around ten minutes' walk to Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.
Head to a rooftop bar for a drink. Try The Arborist for frosé and a delicious food menu in their fun and playful outdoor bar, or head to Dirty Little Secret for amazing views over Courtenay Place and a cool street art vibe, or try Ascot for natural and organic wines and freshly made hotdogs.
Saturday morning 'The Greatest'
Wake up and take in the views from your hotel over Wellington Harbour. If you fancy a spot of exercise before brunch, go for a walk or a run around Wellington waterfront. There's incredible public art dotted along the waterfront as you make your way to Oriental Bay - a great place for a quick dip in the sea.
Afterwards, grab some brunch at one of Oriental Bay's seaside eateries. Check out Coene's for right-by-the-water views, great cocktails and hearty brunch, Lola Stays for a modern menu featuring your favourites like smashed avocado on toast and smoothie bowls or try Beach Babylon for a chilled-out retro vibe and brunch classics done well.
Saturday afternoon 'Closer'
You're getting 'Closer' to seeing Six60 live on stage, but before that, there's the Wellington Wine & Food Festival to check out. Bringing together delicious drinks, great food and local talent, this festival is an ideal way to spend a summer’s day in the city. Showcasing a variety of local and international wineries and breweries, as well as chefs and foodies known for their tasty bites, this festival also features great live music and backyard games for hours of entertainment. Just don't forget to go to the concert!
Saturday night 'Vibes'
Start your night with good vibes only with a feast at Mr Go's. Known for their fun, fast service, delicious bao and tasty cocktails, this place is guaranteed to put you in a good mood. To get to Sky Stadium, it's a easy and flat 30 minute walk from Mr Go's, mostly around the waterfront.
For Six60's Wellington performance, the band has been working on some brand new tracks to share, which they’ll perform alongside their many recognisable hits – this is a band who isn’t going to forget their roots. They’ll be supported by the legendary Dave Dobbyn, crowd favourites Drax Project and JessB and rising star Aacacia.
After the concert, walk back along the waterfront and if you fancy a drink, stop off at one at Foxglove, Cuckoo or St John's. If you feel like a dance, here's your guide to the best bars to go to get down.
Sunday morning 'Special'
For a 'Special' Sunday morning, take the short stroll from Rydges Wellington to the Harbourside Market. This is the perfect place to find breakfast - no matter what you feel like eating. Get a freshly made juice and a coffee, then wander around the food trucks to find what takes your fancy - perhaps a bacon and egg butty, crepes with your favourite topping, some spicy Indonesian food or a salad bowl.
After breakfast, take a wander up Cuba Street to have a browse around some shops - Cuba is the home of Wellington's vintage shopping for clothes, books and music. This is where you'll also find the famous Bucket Fountain and street art dotted around the surrounding side streets and laneways.
Sunday afternoon 'Don't Forget Your Roots'
Check out World of WearableArt - Up Close to see award-winning works of wearable art created by designers from New Zealand and around the globe with connections to some of the world’s most popular celebrities including Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner.
Don't miss seeing award-winning Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota's fully immersive installation The Web of Time in Te Papa’s Toi Art. We dare you to not Instagram this work. And if you're feeling hands-on, check out Te Taiao Nature for a fun and interactive exploration of Aotearoa's natural environment.