Wellingtonians are proud to claim their region as the arts and culture hub of the nation. It is home to many museums, theatres and national institutes, including Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, and New Zealand School of Music. All perform regularly in the region. Every two years in March the region is host to the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Three professional theatres (Circa, Downstage and Bats) offer audiences a range of productions.
The region's art museums include the Museum of Wellington City & Sea; preserving and promoting Wellington's heritage, PATAKA in Porirua; showcasing contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and New Zealand art, the New Dowse in Lower Hutt; exhibiting an eclectic range of art, ceramics, photography and sculpture and Aratoi in Masterton, the Wairarapa's museum of art and history.
Discover more about the cultural sights and activities in Wellington and Wairarapa.
Wellington is home to a diverse range of events. From the world famous NZI Sevens to the new Wellington on a Plate food fiesta. The region has some of the best events you'll find anywhere in New Zealand and Wellington really knows how to bring events to life. Whether you're into jazz or wearable art, cricket or rugby, ballet or salsa, local art or the International Festival of Arts, Wellington is the place to be. Find out what's coming up.