Kicking off this Friday, Wellington Anniversary long weekend can include a line up of music, food and art. Long weekend’s don’t have to be expensive, with most events offering free entry. Here are our top 5 picks for the weekend:
Where: Botanic Garden ki Paekākā Soundshell
When: now – 29th January 2023
Tickets: Free but must book here
Gardens Magic is a series of free performances at the beautiful Wellington Botanic Gardens, ki Paekākā Soundshell. This event brings Wellington together through arts and music. Pack a picnic and head down early to grab a good spot throughout the garden. As the sun goes down, enjoy the magical light display or if you have to head off early, make sure you come early to take the kids through the Garden Trail picking up activities to keep them busy all night long.
Joanna Margaret Paul: Imagined in the Context of a Room
Where: City Gallery
When: Now – 5th February 2023
Imagined in the Context of a Room is an exhibition celebrating the career and legacy of Joanna Margaret Paul. Joanna Maragaret Paul captured her environments, from rural landscapes to domestic scenes, like the view from her kitchen window or of her children. These environments are seen through paintings, drawings, poetry, photography, and film. The art has been seen by over 50,000 people in Dunedin, don’t miss out being a part of the Wellington Display.
Girls Day Out At Champagneria
Where: 8 Courteney Place, Wellington
Book a table here
The Champagneria is Wellington’s only bar dedicated to champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. Go for a champagne breakfast, high tea or champagne yum cha. You will find champagne from across Europe all available to purchase by the glass!
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Wellington Women’s Phoenix
Where: Sky Stadium
When: Now – 1st April 2023
Tickets: Click here
After spending last season in Australia, Wellington’s Phoenix Women’s Football Team are back on home turf this season. Phoenix will be playing Canberra United this Sunday at 12:20pm. Empower women’s sport by going along and showing your support. Tickets start from only $14 and this includes being able to stick around to watch the men’s league at 3:00pm.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate Chinese New Year or the beginning of the year of the Rabbit. A big part of celebrating is meeting friends and family for a banquet. Wellington has a large Chinese offering from more traditional Dragons through to Wellington’s Iconic Dragon Fly (pictured) on Courtenay Place.