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17/09/2014 - 08/02/2015
Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family
Te Papa's exhibition Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family explores how these terrifying dinosaurs became the world’s top predators with their massive skulls, powerful jaws, and bone-crunching teeth.
The most famous member of the family was the mighty T.rex, but did you know that tyrannosaurs came in all shapes and sizes? They included Guanlong, the ‘crown dragon’, and Dilong, the tiny ‘emperor dragon’ with a skeleton just 1 metre long.
Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family is an interactive exhibition featuring augmented reality, multimedia experiences, and hands-on fun to delight visitors of all ages. Be prepared for lots of surprises and goose-bump moments.
You might even find yourself looking over your shoulder in terror!
Rydges Wellington is located just a short walk from Te Papa Museum - only a 15 minute stroll along the Wellington waterfront. Take a look at our Twin Rooms or Suites to accommodate the whole family. View rooms.
24/09/2014 - 02/10/2014
An Unseasonable Fall of Snow
Hobbit actor Jed Brophy (Nori) performs with his son Riley in a classic NZ play by Award winning playwright Gary Henderson. The play; An Unseasonable Fall of Snow runs at Circa 2 until October 4th and offers a great night out for visitors during the WoW season.
Read more about the play here
Bookings email@example.com or 801 7992.
25/09/2014 - 12/11/2014
World of Wearable Art Awards Show 2014
This year, be a part of the thrill and magic that is WOW®. Dame Suzie Moncrieff's beautiful imagination is at work for the 2014 WOW® Awards Show season.
The World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) mission is to take art off the wall and out of static display and to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways.
Welcome to New Zealand’s largest arts event, the WOW® Awards Show, a theatrical two-hour show held annually in Wellington, New Zealand to an audience of nearly 50,000 per season.
First shown in 1987, World of WearableArt began as a promotion for a rural art gallery in Nelson. Nelson sculptor Dame Suzie Moncrieff had the vision to take art off the wall and exhibit on the human form.
Rydges Wellington is located only a 5 minute walk from the TSB Bank arena. We are the perfect choice if you are lookling for accommodation!
07/10/2014 - 07/10/2014
The Irish Rovers: Farewell to Rovin' Tour
Due to YouTube, their Drunken Sailor song reached a new young audience, with over 10,000,000 hits.
In 2012, Rovers songwriter/producer George Millar responded by heading back to the studio and recording a new CD full of songs of the sea, including a tribute to The Titanic for its 100th anniversary. The release made headlines in both America and Ireland, and was the soundtrack for a Canadian documentary about the Harland and Wolff shipyards of Belfast where the mighty ship was built.
Over these 50 years, The Irish Rovers have become cherished music icons, touched three generations of music lovers, and now receiving some of the best concert reviews of their career.
If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer as this is the last time The Irish Rovers will tour New Zealand. “This makes it fifty years of the long tours”, says Rovers founder George Millar, “after this we’ll still be recording, performing at special events and the tours will be short and sweet. I think it’s wiser to leave those big tours to the younger bands.”
Rydges Wellington has a range of great rooms and suites perfect for you and your party. View our rooms and suites here.
11/10/2014 - 11/10/2014
ITM Cup: Wellington Lions v North Harbour
Ricoh Wellington Lions welcome North Harbour for week 9 of the 2014 ITM Cup competition.
Rydges Wellington is located just a very short walk from Westpac stadium. This makes us the perfect hotel to stay with if you're planning on travelling for this match. View our rooms and suites here.
Diwali Festival of Lights
To celebrate Diwali, families light small oil lamps (diyas) around the home and set off fireworks. Now you too can enjoy a taste of authentic Indian culture at Wellington's 13th Diwali Festival of Lights.
Bring along the whole family to sample the colours, sounds, tastes and spicy aromas of India.
Highlights of the festival include delicious food stalls, traditional and contemporary dance and music, and beautiful displays.
The Diwali Festival is organised by Wellington City Council in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Rydges Wellingotn is located right near the action of the Diwali Festival - just a 5 minute walk to the TSB Bank Arena. We also have the best view in town of the fireworks at the end of the night! View our rooms and suites here.
Labour Weekend Racing at Trentham
Rydges Wellington is the proud partner hotel of the Wellington Racing Club.
Head to Trentham for the Wellington Racing Clubs first day of the 2013-2014 season.
A great place to spend your Saturday on a long weekend. Featuring The $85 000 Totara Park Stud Wellington Guineas (Group Two) The $70 000 Vision Enhancement Thompson Handicap (Group Three) The $45 000 Moemoea Park Wellesley Stakes (Listed)
First race: Approx 12.54 pm (tbc)
Last race: Approx 5.33 pm (tbc)
Gates open: 11.30am
For more information about the day call us on 0800 TRENTHAM or email firstname.lastname@example.org
30/10/2014 - 08/11/2014
RNZB: The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol
The 2014 Royal New zealand Ballet season is rounded out with The Vodafone Season of A Christmas Carol, a dazzling retelling of Dickens’ classic Yuletide tale, perfect for family celebrations and festive treats.
As the prefered hotel by the cast and crew of this fabulous show, make Rydges Wellington your home away from home too. Loacted just a short taxi ride from the St James Theatre, we are the ideal hotel choice. View our rooms and suites here.
In what will be Lorde's first ever New Zealand headline tour, Lorde will floor audiences by transporting her full international show to our four major cities. This is her largest stage production to date that flaunts cutting edge lighting and technology, and boosts her show to a visual and sonically theatrical experience.
Lorde has turned heads and defied preconceptions all whilst making a permanent impression across the globe. Her first release The Love Club EP became a viral phenomenon internationally, a nine week residency at the #1 spot in the American Billboard charts with Royals and multi-platinum sales in a multitude of territories.
Her debut album Pure Heroine added further substance to Lorde's extraordinary story. Scaling the US Top 10 and once again amassing platinum sales all over, Lorde stunned the world with an appearance at the 2013 Grammy awards where she picked up Best Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Rydges Wellington is located just a short walk (5 minutes) from TSB Bank Arena, making us the ideal hotel to stay with, if you're planning on coming to see this Kiwi sensation live on stage. Take a look at our range of rooms and suites here.
The Topp Twins in The Grand Ole Topp'ry
The Grand Ole Topp’ry, a new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country music & comedy.
Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are back on the road in October 2014 with a new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country music.
Reminiscent of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, the Topps’ hilarious characters, the Ginghams, will host the show just as the Minnie Pearls did back in Nashville in the 1930s. Audiences can expect the best in country music from rockabilly to bluegrass, comedy and gospel, and even a visitation by Country Music Hall of Famers channeled in by the Topp Twins’ characters.
The Grand Ole Topp’ry will feature the Topp Twins with award-winning country artist Tami Neilson, alongside other special guests including the all-girl Johnny Cash band, The Johnnys.
Stay with us at Rydges Wellington if you're planning on going along to this no-doubt hilarious show. Take a look at our rooms and suites here.
Melbourne Cup at Portlander
Melbourne Cup at Portlander (The Bar and Grill located in Rydges Wellington) gets bigger and bigger every year! Book a table or just come down for the race and a punt at the self service TAB…
This year Portlander has joined forces with the TAB to offer our guests self service betting machines and odds screens to enhance the whole experience!
You can book a leaner (fits up to 10pax) which includes a bottle of Veuve Cliquot and light canapés for just $120.00.
Tables are booked from 3pm and have great views of one of the three big screens.
Be sure to book your table quickly as they are limited, just email Rhiannon at email@example.com
Toast Martinborough is New Zealand’s premier wine, food and music festival. Set in 9 of New Zealand’s award-winning boutique vineyards – accessible both on foot and in free shuttle buses that travel the route – this superb combination of style, sophistication and fun is a ‘must do’ event for lovers of fine wine, gourmet cuisine and the best in musical performance.
Be part of something sensational this Sunday, 16 November.
Toast Martinborough is a truly unique hospitality opportunity. Treat your top clients, staff or guests to a day of fantastic food, award-winning wines, and some of New Zealand’s best live entertainment, in the boutique wine village of Martinborough.
Tickets to Toast Martinborough sell out quickly every year. This exclusive priority release provides you with access to the most eagerly anticipated wine and food event in the country before public sales commence on Wednesday 1st October 2014.
Rydges Wellington provides ideal accommodation for Toast Martinborough. A coach service can bring you to and from the city and festival*. See our range of rooms and suites here.
Christmas at the Races | Trentham Races
A Christmas party at the races is a great idea for companies, social and sports clubs or your friends and family plus there is some great action on the track with 10 races too!
Plus there will be a special guest appearance for the adults from Santa !
Trentham Racecourse provides a stunning venue for your end of year (or start of summer) celebration.
Whether you choose to be on the lawn, or in a corporate box or a marquee village, the Wellington Racing Club has arranged a great selection of hospitality options for all to enjoy.
The $200,000 Captain Cook Stakes WFA (Group One) over 1600m.
First race: Approx 12.30 pm (tbc)
Last race: Approx 5.45 pm
Number of Races: 10
Gates open: 11.00 am
Rydges Welington is the proud accommodation partner of Wellington Racing
Interislander Summer Festival is a quintessential Kiwi day at the races with live music, free kids entertainment and good ol’ country racing action to enjoy with friends and family!
Over forty sensational events will take place at some of the most picturesque racecourses nationwide from Boxing Day 2013 until 8 February 2014. Interislander Summer Festival will bring a celebration of summer to town – providing a great way to catch up with everyone in a fun and relaxed environment. Family picnics, deck chairs, shorts, jandals and chilly bins – it’s a classic Kiwi summer’s day out.
There’s something on-course for everyone to enjoy - kids will be spoilt for choice with all day entertainment and on-track events between races, leaving mum and dad free to kick back, relax, enjoy the atmosphere, local food and a chance to study the raceform.
If you don’t want to rush on the day – a base camp can be reserved for you! Each event offers different options, ranging from reserved car parks and gazebo sites through to catered marquees for larger groups, leaving you free to get into the serious business of having fun.
06/02/2015 - 07/02/2015
New Zealand's biggest sporting event has announced its 2014 dates and will roll into Wellington next February 6 & 7, with thousands of fans embracing the passion and energy of Sevens rugby.
A major event on the national sporting calendar, the Sevens features teams representing 16 countries from all over the world in a two day action packed tournament.
The tournament will act as the halfway point of the HSBC World Series when the competition heats up towards determining who will be in contention to take out the series title.
A hugely popular event, each year 35,000 fans flock to the capital crowding flights, streets and bars alike with a flurry of costumes and fun. The streets of Wellington become a carnival of colour as groups flock to the streets dressed as superheroes, robbers, pirates and ninjas, before heading to Westpac Stadium to cheer on their team.
Tournament organisers are yet to announce the date tickets will go on sale for the annual highlight on Wellington's event calendar, so make sure you keep an eye out for this information.
Every year this is a SELL OUT event so get in quick and book your accommodation at the closest hotel to the Westpac Stadium, Rydges Wellington!
New Zealand's capital city of Wellington really knows how to turn it on for the NZ International Sevens - every year the party atmosphere grows bigger and better!
Rydges Wellington is perfectly located, so you are guaranteed to be right in the middle of the action, with Portlander Bar serving food and drink to keep you going throughout the event.
After the Sevens, the party continues down on Courtenay Place, Wellington's central zone for clubs and bars. Once in town, everything you could need or want for a great night out is located only a few steps away.
Kiwi music's biggest day is back! Jim Beam Homegrown is at the forefront of music culture; with a record of 5 consecutive sell out's drawing thousands of people from around New Zealand. The festival returns to the Wellington Waterfront on March the 7th with an imposing line up and a reputation for ground-breaking live performances.
The line ups are yet to be confirmed but every Homegrown festival has sold out, don't miss out, go to the website to keep up to date with announcements.
Rydges Wellington is the perfect spot to base for this music festival, a short walk along the waterfront to the TSB Arena and Wellington waterfront where this event takes place.