Event highlights

Wellington is busy when major events are on. Make sure you are aware of when these are, so you can book activities and accommodation in advance

Jim Beam Homegrown

March annually

Homegrown is Wellington’s epic festival of homegrown Kiwi music. Spread across multiple stages in a stunning central waterfront location, Jim Beam Homegrown features something for every taste with from to rock to reggae, dub ‘n’ roots to pop. City accommodation may have higher rates or have low availability over the weekend of this event.


Visa Wellington On a Plate

August annually

New Zealand’s biggest culinary festival celebrates the best talent and produce the wildly famous Wellington region has to offer, all curated into one tasty programme. For the whole month of August, the Wellington region is transformed into a foodie’s paradise, with international chef collaborations, pop-ups, culinary events, exclusive Festival Dishes, Cocktails and Burgers to warm up the winter months. Make restaurant bookings in advance if your clients are in the city during Visa Wellington On a Plate.


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August annually

With hundreds of different beers to suit everyone’s taste, outrageously creative brewery displays, live music and delicious food by top local eateries, there’s no better place to celebrate good beer than at New Zealand’s premier beer event, Beervana. This popular annual event is held over two consecutive days at Sky Stadium on Wellington's waterfront. 


World of WearableArt® (WOW) Awards Show

September/October annually

The World of WearableArt® (WOW) Awards Show is New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production and a not-to-be-missed annual event for an audience of around 60,000 people. An extraordinary fusion of world-class dance and theatrical performance, stirring music that takes you through a magical soundscape, visual projections and larger than life backdrops. City accommodation may have higher rates or have low availability during the time of this event.


Toast Martinborough

Third Sunday of November annually

Raise a glass to Wairarapa's wine-making village Martinborough at this annual celebration of wines, wine-makers and delicious local food. Toast Martinborough has a magic appeal that’s attracted festival-goers from around New Zealand and the world for over 25 years to this quaint and compact wine village known for its award-winning wine. Make accommodation and restaurant bookings in advance for Toast Martinborough as both sell out. Please note that Martinborough Wine Tours do not operate when this event is on.


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