Wellington and the Wairarapa

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Wellington and the Wairarapa - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

Sort by: 16 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL Area Search CLEAR ALL
Loading...
Loading...
  • 1. Bats Theatre

    Te Aro

    Wellington's long-standing source for experimental, sometimes off-the-wall theater hosts a range of performances throughout the year, including stand-up, dance, and theater. There are three performance...

    Wellington's long-standing source for experimental, sometimes off-the-wall theater hosts a range of performances throughout the year, including stand-up, dance, and theater. There are three performance spaces and a small bar on site.

    1 Kent Terr., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-802–4175
  • 2. Circa Theatre

    Catch contemporary New Zealand pieces along with established masterworks from Harold Pinter to Oscar Wilde. It's on the wharf next to the Museum of New...

    Catch contemporary New Zealand pieces along with established masterworks from Harold Pinter to Oscar Wilde. It's on the wharf next to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

    1 Taranaki St., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–7992
  • 3. CubaDupa

    Every year, New Zealand's largest outdoor arts and music festival transforms the capital's cool Cuba Street for a weekend in late March. This free, family-friendly...

    Every year, New Zealand's largest outdoor arts and music festival transforms the capital's cool Cuba Street for a weekend in late March. This free, family-friendly event is packed with an extraordinary variety of programmed entertainment. Quality food stalls from local restaurants also line the streets.

    Cuba Street, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 4. Matariki

    In late May or early June, Māori New Year begins with the first new moon after the appearance of Matariki (Pleiades). To celebrate, the Museum...

    In late May or early June, Māori New Year begins with the first new moon after the appearance of Matariki (Pleiades). To celebrate, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa hosts nine days of music, storytelling, and dance performances; events kick off with a ceremony at dawn.

    55 Cable St., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
  • 5. Michael Fowler Centre

    Named after a former long-standing mayor, this venue regularly hosts shows ranging from the New Zealand Ballet to orchestral and pop concerts....

    Named after a former long-standing mayor, this venue regularly hosts shows ranging from the New Zealand Ballet to orchestral and pop concerts.

    111 Wakefield St., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–4207
  • Recommended Fodor’s Video

  • 6. Opera House

    Wellington's century-old Opera House has plush carpets and tiered seating. As the capital's main mid-size venue, its line-up consists of stage performances, musicals, and international...

    Wellington's century-old Opera House has plush carpets and tiered seating. As the capital's main mid-size venue, its line-up consists of stage performances, musicals, and international comedy.

    111–113 Manners St., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–4231
  • 7. St. James Theatre

    The ornate, turn-of-the-20th-century St. James Theatre hosts dance performances, musicals, and opera. This is the official home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the...

    The ornate, turn-of-the-20th-century St. James Theatre hosts dance performances, musicals, and opera. This is the official home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Opera.

    77–83 Courtenay Pl., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–4231
  • 8. The New Zealand Festival of the Arts

    The country's major art showcase is held February through March on even-numbered years at venues across the city. A huge array of international talent in...

    The country's major art showcase is held February through March on even-numbered years at venues across the city. A huge array of international talent in music, drama, dance, and visual media descends upon Wellington. Events fill up quickly; check online for program information, and book a month in advance if you can.

    Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
    04-473–0149
  • 9. Ticketek

    Buy tickets for local performances at this spot between the Michael Fowler Center and the Town Hall....

    Buy tickets for local performances at this spot between the Michael Fowler Center and the Town Hall.

    111 Wakefield St., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-384–3840
  • 10. Toast Martinborough Wine, Food & Music Festival

    Devoted to the hedonist's holy trinity, this festival occurs on the third Sunday of November. Thousands of tickets are typically sold within hours of their...

    Devoted to the hedonist's holy trinity, this festival occurs on the third Sunday of November. Thousands of tickets are typically sold within hours of their first release—you can get yours online through Ticketek ( www.ticketek.co.nz).

    Martinborough, Wellington, New Zealand
    06-306–9183

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: NZ$85
  • 11. TSB Arena

    Headlining tours head to this large indoor venue on the waterfront....

    Headlining tours head to this large indoor venue on the waterfront.

    Jervois Quay, Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–4207
  • 12. Wellington on a Plate

    Wellington's annual food festival hosts over 100 events, with local and visiting chefs creating special menus and experiences. New Zealand's largest beer festival, Beervana, kicks...

    Wellington's annual food festival hosts over 100 events, with local and visiting chefs creating special menus and experiences. New Zealand's largest beer festival, Beervana, kicks off the two-week festival in early August. A major component of the festival is Burger Wellington, which sees more than 200 eateries competing to be ruled the Best Burger.

    Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
    04-473–8044
  • 13. Cuba Street Carnival

    Festivals
    Closed Permanently

    At the Cuba Street Carnival, which runs on alternate years to the Arts Festival (odd numbered years) for two days in March, food-and-crafts...

    At the Cuba Street Carnival, which runs on alternate years to the Arts Festival (odd numbered years) for two days in March, food-and-crafts stalls, and music-and-dance performances sweep the length of Cuba Street, culminating in a nighttime parade (a family-friendly show, not a rowdy Mardi Gras–style blowout).

    , New Zealand
  • 14. Downstage Theatre

    Closed Permanently

    Performances of stage classics, contemporary drama, comedy, and dance all grace the stage....

    Performances of stage classics, contemporary drama, comedy, and dance all grace the stage.

    Courtenay Pl. and Cambridge Terr., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–6946
  • 15. Efil Doog Garden of Art

    Art Galleries–Arts
    Closed Permanently

    Shirley and Ernest Cosgrove tend a stunning 11-acre garden and sculpture display. They also have an art gallery exhibiting some fine early–New...

    Shirley and Ernest Cosgrove tend a stunning 11-acre garden and sculpture display. They also have an art gallery exhibiting some fine early–New Zealand paintings. The grounds are magnificent at rhododendron time, October–early December.

    ,
    04-526–7924

    Arts/Entertainment Details

    Rate Includes: NZ$14
  • 16. Wellington Convention Centre

    Performance Venues
    Under Renovation

    Wellington is the home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, known as much for contemporary works by New Zealand and international choreographers...

    Wellington is the home of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, known as much for contemporary works by New Zealand and international choreographers as for its perennial Nutcracker and Swan Lake performances. The NBR New Zealand Opera and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra mix equal parts "old favorites" with contemporary works. The glass, concrete, and steel Michael Fowler Center and the adjacent, older Town Hall jointly operate as the main venue for the symphony and other classical music performances.

    111 Wakefield St., Wellington, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
    04-801–4231

No performing-arts Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

There are no results for {{ strDestName }} Performing-arts in the searched map area with the above filters. Please try a different area on the map, or broaden your search with these popular suggestions:

Recommended Fodor’s Video