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Creative culture

Wellington is known for its creativity, arts and culture. The city is full of interesting, surprising and interactive ways to see art.

Te Papa Exhibitions

Visit Te Papa – not only is this New Zealand’s national museum, but is also home to the nation’s art collection. The brand new Toi Art gallery opened in March 2018, and is a free way to see modern and historic works by New Zealand artists. Te Papa also hosts Gallipoli: The scale of our war, an exhibition of giant figures of real New Zealanders from World War I.

City Gallery

Head to City Gallery, which shows contemporary work from some of the world’s most exciting artists and special galleries dedicated to Wellington artists, Māori and Pacific arts. The gallery has recently reopened after refurbishment with an exciting exhibition of New Zealand art.

Wellington street art

Stroll Wellington streets and see street art everywhere. Plenty of central city buildings are covered in murals and artworks by top Wellington painters, and the bright art in laneways such as Egmont Street and Hannahs Laneway makes for great Instagram backdrops.

Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum is in an historic waterfront building, and tells stories of Wellington’s European settlement and history through quirky interactive exhibitions. The Attic is an array of interesting and unusual Wellington artefacts from throughout the ages.

Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

Experience the rich Māori culture and history of Wellington (known as Te Whanganui a Tara) at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, which offers walking tours and waka (canoe) tours of the city.

Dowse Art Museum

If you’re heading on a day trip to the Hutt Valley, stop in at the Dowse Art Museum – a free and fun public gallery with over 300 pieces on display, often including ceramics, jewellery and fashion.

Pataka Art + Museum

On the Kāpiti Coast, Pataka Art + Museum shows the best of contemporary Māori, Pacific, New Zealand and international art across its eight galleries, so is a great place to connect to the nation’s culture.

Underground Market

Every Saturday, the Underground Market is a place for Wellington artists, crafters, creatives and gourmet food sellers. Browse the interesting stalls with a flat white coffee and enjoy the live music from buskers.