What to do in Wellington New Zealand

The capital city of New Zealand Wellington is known as the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’ and there are plenty of Wellington Festivals that offer great entertainment. This  compact city has funky shops, exciting galleries and great restaurants that are all within easy walking distance of the centre. The city has long been recognized as the cultural and arts capital of New Zealand (with festivals almost every month), and is home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, opera companies, theater and a large number of art galleries, including the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The cosmopolitan nature of Wellington is reflected in the 350 restaurants and cafes serving innovative New Zealand and ethnic cuisine.

Each year the Wellington community hosts a variety of Festivals & Lifestyle Events celebrating the regions cultural diversity and traditions. Here is a comprehensive list of these Festivals

Wellington Festivals
Festival Name Date Category
Blow Creative Arts Festival 9 – 23 Nov Art
Toast Martinborough 17 Nov Wine/food/music
Festival for the future 22 – 24 Nov Workshops/innovating
Kapiti Food Fair 30 Nov Food
Beyond the Black 31 Dec Music
La de La 31 Dec Music
Wellington Summer City Festival 31 Dec – end of Mar Entertainment
Out in the Square 18 Jan Marriage equality
Birdman Wellington 21 Jan Entertainment
Festival of the element (Porirua) 6 Feb Culture
NZI Sevens 7 – 8 Feb Rugby
Jim Beam Homegrown Kiwi Music Festival 15 Feb Music
NZ International Arts Festival 21 Feb – 16 Mar Art
Chinese New Year 23 – 24 Feb Entertainment/celebration
Dragon Boat Festival 8 – 9 Mar Active
Tora, Tora, Tora, Music Festival 14 – 16 Mar Music
Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival 15 Mar Entertainment/wine
Food show 9 – 11 May Food/wine
Out Takes – A real Queer Film Festival                       29 May – 11 Jun                 Movies
Documentary Edge Festival 1 Jun Movies
NZ Tango Festival 1 - Jul Dance
For other Regional New Zealand Festivals

Auckland Festivals                     

Bay of Plenty Festivals  

Canterbury Festivals       

Hawke’s Bay Festivals

Marlborough Festivals  

Manawatu Festivals

Northland Festivals

Queenstown / Otago Festivals

Southland Festivals

Tasman / Nelson Festivals

Taranaki Festivals

Waikato Festivals

Wellington Festivals

West Coast Festivals


If one of the Wellington festivals happens to coincides with you visiting New Zealand and you would like to incorporate it into a self-drive holiday or a privately guided tour of New Zealand, then please feel free to contact First Light Travel  – We would love to help.

Things to do
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
: 10 Nov 2013 (Last updated: 23 Jul 2017)

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