Wellington is a vibrant year-round city and host to exciting events to make every trip a memorable one.
From a sparkling harbor, to rolling hills and golden sand beaches, it is an active place where visitors can stroll through lush native fauna and flora, shop or visit New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa. If you are feeling aquatic, hire a kayak and admire the city from the sea. In the evening dine at one of Wellington's best restaurants before taking in a local show or theatre. The choices are plenty in beautiful Wellington.
Set between a harbour and lush green hills, Wellington sparkles in springtime.
Spring brings the perfect weather to explore this beautiful city -whether it's a walk along the waterfront, a 4WD tour out along the South Coast or a kayak trip in the harbor.
Downtown Wellington is famous for its fashion and there is no better season to update your wardrobe than spring. From international haute couture to local design talent, Downtown's Four Quarters have spring styles to suit all tastes and budgets.
Stop into one of Downtown Wellington's cafes and take a picnic up to the Botanic Garden. Enjoy beautiful views of the city and see spring come to life at its 26 specialist gardens.
The WOW® Awards Show which is held annually in September since 1987 is hard to define and utterly impossible to forget. A montage of theatre, dance, colour, movement and art. For more information on the WOW® Awards Show visit their website at http://www.worldofwearableart.com/
November brings a celebration of wine and food with Toast Martinborough, set in the vineyards of Martinborough's wine country. Just an hour's drive north of Wellington, Toast Martinborough brings together all the flavours of the region.
December - February
Festivities will continue throughout summer (December - February) with The Interisland Line Summer City Festival of Free Outdoor Entertainment. As the name suggests, this is a sun worshippers celebration of Wellington and its people. From concerts to Maori cultural events, festivals to film events, this is the best time to visit the Capital.
Wellington's fashion and racing fraternities will strut their stuff at Wellington Cup Week. This premiere racing event is a highlight in Wellington's summer calendar.
February - March
The arts will take centre stage late summer at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, a highlight of Wellington's late summer. This is New Zealand's most extensive and exciting multi-arts event.
The Fringe New Zealand Festival will explode onto the streets with an eclectic mix of surprising and challenging art forms.
Wellington's funky Cuba Quarter will be celebrated with the two-day Cuba Street Carnival. This is the country's largest and most spectacular free street festival showcasing the creative diversity of Wellington.
With autumn comes better weather, so it's the perfect time to hold the Wellington Dragon Boat Championships. Wellington's harbor is the venue for this heart-stopping spectator sport that involves dragon boaters of all ages.
Autumn is an ideal season to take advantage of all the other great things Wellington has to offer. Check out the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, where native New Zealand birds are being re-introduced into regenerating forest just on the city's edge. Or spot the New Zealand fur seal colony on Wellington's rugged South Coast - just minutes from the central city.
Wellington offers the warmest welcome this winter. Whether you are looking to head outdoors or relax by an open fire with a steaming latte, Wellington is wonderful in winter.
Take a journey through cultures with the Wellington International Film Festival – 17 days of movie-lovers' madness starting or celebrate home-grown film-making talent with the Wellington Fringe Film Festival, both in July. The world of jazz comes to Wellington in August, with the Wellington International Jazz Festival, a sublime music festival held at inner city clubs, bars and public spaces.
Shopping is a year round activity in Wellington, where all the best stores are within easy walking distance of each other. Downtown Wellington has four unique quarters, each reflecting the city's four distinct flavors. Spread throughout Downtown, there are more than 400 restaurants, bars and cafes offering a warm place to refuel.
Wellington can get wild in winter and nowhere is better to experience the elements than the rugged South Coast. Take a Seal Coast Safari tour out to see the Fur Seal Colony and some of the most breathtaking scenery in New Zealand.
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