THINGS TO SEE
What to do and see while you're in Wellington for INVOLVE!
The National Museum of New Zealand.
Some current exhibitions include Rā Maumahara (a new, short-term exhibition on the New Zealand Wars), Toi Art (Te Papa's brand new art gallery), Ko Rongowhakaata: The Story of Light and Shadow (created together with Rongowhakaata to tell the stories of this East Coast iwi), and Gallipoli: The scale of our war (a WW1 centenary exhibition built in collaboration with Weta Workshop).
Open daily 10am-6pm.
The world's first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, covering over 500 acres. ZEALANDIA is possibly the most biologically rich square mile of mainland New Zealand - a place where you can see over 40 species of native birds and hundreds of plant species. A highlight is the rare chance to see beautiful takahē, kākā and tuatara! The sanctuary is run by Karori Sanctuary Trust, a not-for-profit charitable trust.
ZEALANDIA has accessible tracks and a map showing the ones that are wheelchair-friendly.
Adult entry $19.50.
Open daily 9am-5pm (last admission at 4pm).
Wellington's bohemian centre, Cuba Street is a cultural hub: a place to shop for vintage clothing, find second-hand books and records, drink coffee, see buskers, and eat fabulous food. The street has been a registered Historic Area under the Historic Places Act since 1995.
Be sure to check out:
- The iconic Bucket Fountain (most recently featured in TV show Wellington Paranormal)
- Longstanding cafe institutions - from Midnight Espresso (frequently open well after midnight) to Fidel's and Espressoholic
- The Wellington Night Market - at 116 Cuba Street every Friday night, and at the corner of Cuba and Manners Streets every Saturday night from 5pm-11pm
Cafes and restaurants
It's a widely known fact that Wellingtonians are fans of coffee, but did you know that the city has more coffee roasters per capita than anywhere else in the world? The city also has more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York!
Wellington also boasts an impressive craft beer scene, and was named by Lonely Planet as 2017's best beer destination in New Zealand.
For the true Wellington experience, be sure to dine (or drink) out at least once while you're in town. For our top picks on where to go, take a look here.
Speaking of beer, the country's biggest beer festival will be taking place right before INVOLVE!
Held at Wellington Stadium over two days, Beervana brings together over 14,000 of the country's craft beer enthusiasts to meet and sample the best offerings from over 60 different breweries.
Beervana 2018 is taking place from 10-11 August.
Tickets from $45.