Surrounded by nature and fuelled by a creative energy, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer, wander through hidden laneways, and experience Te Papa’s interactive museum exhibitions. Be inspired by incredible live events, immerse yourself in acclaimed urban nature experiences, and go behind the scenes to learn moviemaking magic in the heart of Wellington’s world-famous film industry.
Surrounded by hills and a sparkling harbour, Wellington is a compact city with a big heart.
It is a city fuelled by creative energy, with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee, refresh with legendary craft beer and fill your stomach with kai (food) from award-winning restaurants, colourful markets and food trucks.
Wander through hidden laneways to discover street art, experience world-class museums like Te Papa, and be inspired by performing arts and unforgettable live events. Get outdoors in Wellington’s big backyard and walk, run or ride along one of the region’s many stunning trails. These awe-inspiring landscapes are the perfect backdrop for movie-making magic, which can be experienced on a film location tour or a Studio Tour at Wētā Workshop.
Wellington Airport is just 15 minutes from the city centre making it an ideal destination for a short break. Stay a little longer to explore the wider region and you’ll discover boutique wine villages, island nature reserves, beautiful coastlines and destination shopping and dining.
Surrounded by hills and a sparkling harbour, Wellington is a compact city with a big heart. Aotearoa’s capital city is fuelled by creative energy with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine.
Known for its culinary scene with more than its fair share of award-winning eateries and bars, colourful markets and food trucks. Wellington is home to New Zealand’s biggest food festival Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana, an annual celebration of craft beer.
Wellingtonians are fuelled by strong coffee and you’ll find cafés and local roasteries everywhere you need one. Petone’s Jackson Street is a culinary destination where you can eat your way around the world and Upper Hutt’s Brewtown is a must-visit for all craft beer lovers.
An hour north of the city. you’ll find Wellington’s neighbouring wine region, famous for its pinot noir. At the centre of it all, Martinborough is a boutique wine-making village that is easy to explore by bike or foot.
Wander through hidden laneways to discover street art and follow the sculpture walks along the waterfront. Experience world-class museums and galleries — Te Papa is a must-visit, but also add City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi and Wellington Museum to your list. Get behind the scenes and learn the secrets of movie-making on a Wētā Workshop Experience Tour.
Be transported out of your every day by incredible live events and performing arts. Wellington is home to the annual World of WearableArt Show, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra call the capital home, too.
CubaDupa is a street party in honour of Wellington’s best-known and most colourful street, Cuba Street, and once every two years, the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts brings a unique and compelling mix of performing arts, music and literary events to the city. Wellington Jazz Festival fills the capital’s venues and bars with live music each winter, and Jim Beam Homegrown is an epic music festival held on the waterfront at the end of each summer.
With nature quite literally on Wellington’s doorstep, it’s easy to have a nature experience that you’ll never forget. Named by Time magazine in their 2019 list of the 100 greatest places on earth, Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne ecosanctuary is a must-visit.
Spend a night glamping on Kapiti Island, a world-renowned nature reserve where you’ll get the chance to spot kiwi and learn about the island’s Māori history and present. Get out on a walk, run or ride along one of the Wellington region’s trails — the Remutaka Cycle Trail is one for your bucket list.
Wellington Airport is just 15 minutes from the city centre making it an ideal destination for a short break but make it a longer visit to really get the most out of your time in Wellington.