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Wellington attractions, events & festivals - get the news here
There are lots of things to see and do in gorgeous Wellington. Read all about what's happening in Wellington attractions, festivals & entertainment throughout the year.Click on an event below to find out more.
09/05/2015 - 16/05/2015
NZ Opera presents La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
In this Cinderella story, stepfathers are tyrants, beggar-philosophers replace fairy godmothers, and a silver bangle stands in for that glass slipper. Brilliantly quirky, Rossini’s magically mischievous music tells a very human story of kindness, forgiveness and generosity.
This beloved fairytale-opera comes to life in NZ Opera's most vivacious and effervescent show of the season. Brought together under the supreme direction of Lindy Hume and Wyn Davies, La cenerentola will be, quite simply, magic.
Rydges Wellington is a short walk along the waterfront to the St James Theatre - book your convenient accomodation now.
22/05/2015 - 25/06/2015
Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Salute
The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) in collaborataion with the New Zealand Army Band and distinguished New Zealand composers and choreographers Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, present a special programme of works to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.
Alongside classic pieces by Johan Kobborg (Salute, New Zealand premiere), Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons will create two world premieres. Don't miss out on what is sure to be a very special event.
30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
This May, the biggest celebration of global football comes to Wellington - the FIFA Under 20 World Cup. On 30th May Westpac Stadium hosts a double header featuring:
16:00 MATCH 3 - B1 vs. B2* and 19:00 MATCH 4 - B3 vs. B4*
Teams will be decided at the Official Draw Ceremony on 10th February 2015.
30/05/2015 - 30/05/2015
Moscow ballet La Classique presents: Sleeping Beauty
Moscow ballet La Classique return down-under with their Spectacular masterpiece Sleeping Beauty.
Established in 1990 by its current director Elik Melikov, with their internationally acclaimed ballet skills, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets, the illustrious La Classique takes you on a mystical journey to the fairytale world of Princess Aurora the Sleeping Beauty.
01/06/2015 - 02/06/2015
Globe Theatre presents Hamlet
If you’ve never been lucky enough to travel to London’s historic Globe Theatre, you are in for a treat - the great theatre company is coming to Wellington!
Nestled between the steel bridges and skyscrapers of modern day London sits the world’s most iconic theatre, The Globe. Every year hundreds of thousands of theatre fans from around the world flock there to experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were intended – rowdy, fun and full of life.
Now for the first time, the Globe Theatre will visit New Zealand with its Globe to Globe world tour of Hamlet. This theatrical adventure, directed by Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole, aims to take Hamlet to every country in the world. The show’s international cast includes New Zealand’s own Rāwiri Paratene (Whale Rider).
03/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
Wellington Jazz Festival
The Wellington Jazz Festival is set to heat up the coolest little capital this June. Come get your mid-winter culture fix, with more than 100 gigs set over five days!
The city's laneways and venues will be humming with live music, great local food and drink, and a fun vibe; all within wandering distance of Cuba Street.
From the cool and soulful to the downright riotous, catch global jazz stars alongside the best of New Zealand’s vibrant jazz scene including the incredible New Orleans Jazz Orchestra performing with Grammy Award-winners Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield.
Fill the day with musically-inspired movies, and with free acts and food trucks at the new Wellington Jazz Festival Winter Market, there's heaps on for the whole family.
17/07/2015 - 19/07/2015
Amageddon – the entertainment expo of New Zealand and Australia! Returning to Wellington for another massive weekend, except this time, we’re bringing NZ ComicCon with us to take over the city!
From 17 – 19 July 2015, the inaugural NZ ComicCon will feature numerous events throughout Wellington City and turn the capital into Geek central for three incredible days and nights. ComicCon's aim is to present an interactive experience in multiple areas, from Comics to Gaming to Animation to Music and More! All this with the Wellington Armageddon Expo at its beating heart.
Rydges Wellington is proud to be offering a fabulous weekend rate for this special event. Simply enter Corporate ID 'NZCWEB' when booking accommodation during July 16th - 21st, and you'll receive 15% off Best Flexible Rates! What's more, if you find an Action Hero figurine in your room upon arrival you'll receive a $50 Portlander Bar and Grill voucher!