Wellington's Culture Galore

Hit the streets, see the fashion, talk to locals in New Zealand's “capital of cool".


Does Wellington have more cafes per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand? Or the world? Not sure, but Wellington is certainly known for it’s cafes and cafe culture. Wellingtonians love their cafes and there are heaps up and down Cuba Street. 

Te Papa

New Zealand's treasure trove of all things New Zealand. Te Papa can proudly claim to be a bold and innovative national museum. It's a must-stop for anyone visiting the capital.

Jazz Fest

While Jazz was born in the other hemisphere, halfway around the world in New Orleans, USA, it’s found a happy home in Wellington. The Wellington Jazz Festival sees jazz musicians popping up on Cuba Street, back alley pubs and prestigious music halls. ABoth of these events were free. And there were many, many more. The streets were alive with the sound of music.

The Waterfront and the Writers Walk

The Wellington waterfront was once the centre of the city’s bustling port and is now a distinctive precinct with restaurants, galleries and a park for the kids. Locals often stroll along the waterfront from Jervois Quay to Te Papa and beyond. The Waterfront is also host to the Wellington Writers Walk – 19 tributes to Wellington with typographical sculpture written by some of New Zealand’s great writers. Some are tucked away in unexpected places. Looking for them is a kind of treasure hunt. Whether or not they’re easy to spot or require more of a look, the quotes will inspire reflection.


Colourful and bohemian Cuba Street. Not a place to miss if visiting Wellington! A great place for shopping and people watching and fashion spotting. Some of Wellingtons most stylish (and hipster) stroll this street that’s chocka with op shops, high end shops cafes.

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