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About Wellington City, New Zealand

New Zealand’s capital city, is imaginatively positioned between a picturesque harbour and forested green hills. The city is home to memorable arts, cultural and heritage attractions including the national museum, Te Papa. Natural attractions, such as the wild south coast, are within easy reach of the city centre.

Sophisticated yet friendly, Wellington has great shopping and nightlife. The downtown area can match New York with the number of cafes and restaurants per head.

Just north of Wellington city is the Hutt Valley, an area that offers a variety of outdoor and adventure experiences, including bush walks, fishing and thrilling mountain bike tracks.

Porirua, towards the west coast, has a reputation for energy, creativity and talent – it is a significant Pacific Island and Maori art and culture centre.

The Kapiti Coast, less than an hour’s drive from Wellington, is where you will discover world-class wild life sanctuaries, fantastic golf and gourmet food experiences.

Wellington’s waterfront has been transformed into a graceful promenade with shops, restaurants, activities and elegant landscaping making it a real drawcard for visitors and locals alike.

New Zealand’s vibrant capital Wellington is the political centre point of the country and a lively and vivid arts and culture centre. The city is built around an enticing harbour in a hilly landscape, giving the place an enchanting feel. It is also an easily walkable city, where you’ll feel the energy when sauntering through it.

The mixture of different cultures, arts, events, shops and the many cafes and restaurants with outstanding food and wine make it an amazing place to visit.

Wellington’s population is about 500,000, making it the 3rd largest city of New Zealand.

Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War

27 Jan 2017 (Fri) - 30 Apr 2019 (Tue)

Te Papa

This exhibition is on now at Te Papa. The worlds of movies, model making and museums combine to take you on an immersive journey through the battlefields.
To mark the World War I centenary, Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to take you back to Gallipoli. Experience the triumphs and countless tragedies of this 8 month campaign through the eyes of the ordinary New Zealanders who were there.

Grand Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel has special group accommodation rates for groups visiting this exhibition. Please enquire below for details.

Visa Wellington On a Plate 2018

10 Aug 2018 (Fri) - 26 Aug 2018 (Sun)

Visa Wellington on a Plate Accommodation 2018

If you are looking to try something a little different WOAP is the festival for you
Visa WOAP is a celebration of food done right. let your taste bud be your guide and explore the best of Wellington food scene. Restaurants, venues, laneways and carparks are host to wild celebrations of food and beverage through exclusive set menus, burgers, cocktails, unforgettable events and pop ups.


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All Blacks v South Africa 2018

15 Sep 2018 (Sat)

All Blacks v South Africa Westpac Stadium 2018 accommodation

Investec Rugby Championship 2018
Cheer our mighty All Blacks on as they take on South Africa in the 2018 Investec Rugby Championship. Watch the 90 minutes of heart pounding action live and in person this SEPTEMBER at Wellington's Westpac stadium.


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Wellington Go Green Expo 2018

10 Nov 2018 (Sat) - 11 Nov 2018 (Sun)

Go Green Expo, TSB Arena Queens Wharf, Accommodation

Explore Eco home/building, food and beverages, advisory services, supplements, organic products and so much more
Go Green Expo is New Zealand’s largest green living and sustainable lifestyle show. This is your one stop shop for everything you need to live a sustainable life.


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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds Tour 2018

14 Nov 2018 (Wed)

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends: New Worlds Tour, Michael Fowler Centre Accommodation

This is a rare live event and not on to be missed. Bill Murray and German cellist Jan Vogler bring their unique live poetry to Wellington this November.
Watch as the Legendary Hollywood actor Bill Murray teams up with acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler to present 'New Worlds.

Murray brings his irresistible humor and wit to this readings of classic American poetry. Including works by Hemingway, Twain and Thurber, alongside musical selections by Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin, Van Morrison and more.


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