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Student events

You'll find thousands of events in Wellington to get involved in. From free festivals to official welcomes, there are plenty of opportunities to meet other students and get involved in the life of your new city.


When you start at your school or tertiary institution you will begin with an 'orientation' event to welcome you and help you learn about your new study environment.

There will usually be events for international students throughout the year, including tours of the city, cultural and sports days.  Victoria and Massey universities both have a range of student clubs, including cultural groups for different countries and groups for international students.

For tertiary students, you will also have a graduation ceremony once you complete your study. This is usually a few months after you finish.

Study in Wellington events

Study Welcome

The Study in Wellington team also hosts events.

At the beginning of each year we officially welcome international students to Wellington at an event hosted by the Mayor of Wellington. You will experience New Zealand culture – including a traditional Māori welcome – find out more about Wellington and meet other international students.

We hold sports days twice a year for secondary school students to try new sports and meet new friends from around the region. Ask international staff at your school for details.

We also hold the International Student Excellence Awards at the end of each year.


Events capital


Check out some out Wellington's great gigs and annual festivals or browse the events calendar.

Wellington greets the Chinese New Year with fireworks and a festival of Chinese culture. The weekend of activities is a highlight for Wellington's Chinese community.

The Wellington Diwali festival takes place in October each year and showcases contemporary and traditional Indian music and dancing, food and crafts, exhibitions and workshops, and children's activities.