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12/09/2014 - 28/09/2014
Sound of Music
With its unforgettable score THE SOUND OF MUSIC touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music. It’s the perfect family treat!
Make Rydges Wellington your hotel of choice for your weekend at the theatre! Great twin room and family suites available. View rooms here.
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.
20/09/2014 - 28/09/2014
Wellington Spring Festival
The festival features guided walks, workshops, entertainment and exclusive tours of other attractions in the area.
Festival highlights include the Otari-Wilton's Bush Open Day, Tulip Sunday and Kid's Day Out.
View the full festival programme for further details.
Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day & Plant Sale
Get a head start on Spring Festival at Otari’s open day. All guided walks are free and start at the Information Centre. There will be stalls and food available, and displays from community groups.
Where: Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road
When: 9am–3pm, Sat 20 Sep
Celebrate spring and Dutch culture. See thousands of tulips – and other spring flowers – and enjoy family entertainment. There will be flowers and delicious food for sale.
Where: Main Garden and Soundshell
When: 11am–3pm, Sun 21 Sep
Kid's Day Out
Make a garden for dinosaurs, imagine what could be in the new Children’s Garden, check out some local little critters, meet the String Beans puppets, get your face painted, do some flax weaving, find out how to take great photos and meet Zappo the magician.
Where: Soundshell (Treehouse if wet), Cable Car and Cable Car Museum
When: 10.50am-2pm, Sat 27 Sep
Stay with Rydges Wellington during this Spring Festival. Located close to the Wellington cable car, access to the botanic gardens is both convenient and entertainment in itself. View our rooms and suites here.
ITM Cup: Wellington Lions v Tasman
Ricoh Wellington Lions welcome Tasman Makos for week 6 of the 2014 ITM Cup competition.
Rydges Wellington is located 5 minutes walk from Westpac Stadium. We are the ideal hotel to stay with if you're heading to the game - no taxis required. We also have a great bar for pre and post match drinks! View our rooms here.
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!
26/09/2014 - 28/09/2014
Home & Garden Show
Save with massive show-only specials, go in the draw to win a fabulous show prize, listen to free daily seminars, preview the hottest trends and innovations, gather expert advice, source accessories for a new look - or simply turn up and be prepared to be inspired.
Xanthe White as daily celebrity guest speaker.
We do our utmost to nurture your home or garden project through all its stages, from concept to reality – and it’s all under the one roof.
Rydges Wellington is located only five minutes walk from Westpac Stadium. If you're thinking of visiting the expo, take a look at our rooms and suites here.
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.
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.
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.