Wellington and the Wairarapa

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  • 1. Bats Theatre

    Te Aro | Theater

    Wellington's long-standing source for experimental, sometimes off-the-wall theater hosts the Fringe Festival during the International Arts Festival...Read More

  • 2. Circa Theatre

    Theater

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

  • 3. Matariki

    Festivals

    One of the key Māori occasions in Wellington is Matariki, the North Island Māori New Year in late May–early June, which begins with the first...Read More

  • 4. Michael Fowler Centre

    Arts Centers

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

  • 5. New Zealand International Arts Festival

    Festivals

    The country's major arts event is held February through March on even-numbered years at venues across the city. A huge array of international...Read More

  • 6. Opera House

    Opera

    The well-preserved Opera House, with its plush carpets and tiered seating, has a similar lineup to the St. James Theatre. Because both are under...Read More

  • 7. St. James Theatre

    Theater

    The ornate, turn-of-the-20th-century St. James Theatre hosts dance performances, musicals, and opera. ...Read More

  • 8. Summer City

    Festivals

    One of the largest summer fests spans six weeks and hosts more than 70 events throughout the city. ...Read More

  • 9. Ticketek

    Tickets

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

  • 10. Cuba Street Carnival

    Festivals

    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...Read More

  • 11. Downstage Theatre

    Theater

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

  • 12. Efil Doog Garden of Art

    Art Galleries–Arts

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

  • 13. Wellington Convention Centre

    Arts Centers

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

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