23 Apr 2018 (Mon) - 5 Jul 2018 (Thu)
Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf, Wellington
Step in the odd wonderland of Imagi-Nation and prepare to be wowed!
This obscure, topsy-turvey world is a place of tactile and sensory discovery. Explore the landscape of Imagi-Nation, both big and small, peek into mini-worlds of wonder, or listen to the silly languages. Imagi-Nation is an illustration of the possibility of a child's imagination.
Weird and wonderful, kooky and colourful, in Imagi-Nation children will take part in activities to construct from their imagination, discovering things they've never seen before! Imagi-Nation can be anything you want it to be!
Chocolate Factory Tours 2018
28 Apr 2018 (Sat) - 22 Dec 2018 (Sat)
Wellington Chocolate Factory, 5 Eva St, Te Aro, Wellington
Come join us to learn about the world of chocolate making, as this tour introduces you to the entire process of making chocolate at the Wellington Chocolate Factory, Aotearoa's first open to the public 'bean-to-bar' chocolate factory.
So what exactly is a factory tour at the Wellington Choclate Factory?
One of our extremely knowledgeable team members will guide the days tour group through the factory while explaining what cacao is, how it becomes chocolate, why single origin makes a difference and what we do that makes our chocolate so special.
You'll learn what it means to be ethical in the world of chocolate and you'll learn the full process from start to finish, bean to bar.
After you are shown around the factory, your guide will gather everyone around the center table for a tasting of some of our bars side by side so you can you can put what you've just learned into practice.
After the tasting, a cup of our delicious single origin drinking chocolate will be made up for each tour attendee to enjoy (milk alternatives available), questions are welcomed at this time. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on crowd involvement.
Glow In the Dark Glow-Worm Tours
18 May 2018 (Fri) - 14 Sep 2018 (Fri)
Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
A fascinating tour into the world of the glow-worm. This outdoor night-time tour takes about one hour and is designed for children 7 years and older.
Meet at the Founders’ entrance to #WellingtonBotanicGarden on Glenmore Street. Please bring your printed ticket and a torch. We'll see you there!
Watch the Wellington Gardens Facebook page for cancellations and rain day postponement announcements or call the Treehouse Visitor Centre on 04 499 1400. This tour is operated by the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden.
The Vegan Vault - All Vegan Night Market
2 Jun 2018 (Sat) - 3 Dec 2018 (Mon)
The Vegan Vault, 171 Victoria St, Wellington
Come check out Wellingtons monthly all vegan night market and join this event.
There will be food, drinks, live music and animal friendly charities with merchandise under one roof.
Keep an eye peeled for our vendor announcements leading up to the market night and for a chance to win $10 vouchers to use on the night.
The Atom Room
8 Jun 2018 (Fri) - 7 Jul 2018 (Sat)
Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
Written by Philip Braithwaite.
Directed by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford.
Are you more loyal to who you love, or what you love?
The Atom Room is a thrilling new love story, set within a highly-advanced virtual reality system where couples 'meet' and 'interact' in ways so believable, it might as well be reality itself. Imagine an ultra-modern version of Skype, but you can touch, visit, feel, and love.
Sarah and Danny live in Wellington, 150 years in the future where climate change, tectonic shifts and nuclear accidents have wrecked the environment. Sarah secures an engineering job to create a new colony on Mars, leaving Danny behind on Earth. Can their long-distance relationship survive? Is the Atom Room their only hope?
This is the world premiere of a romantic and thrilling new play by award-winning Wellington playwright Philip Braithwaite, featuring new music from electronic music icons Minuit.
National War Memorial Carillon Winter Recital Series
13 Jun 2018 (Wed) - 5 Aug 2018 (Sun)
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington
To celebrate the completion of a four-year restoration of the National War Memorial Carillon we invite you to Pukeahu to hear national carillonist, Timothy Hurd QSM, playing the carillon bells at a series of free recitals. As the carillon is best heard from outside, we recommend you bring a coat to wrap up warm for the recitals.
While you're there, visitors to Pukeahu will also have the opportunity to take an in-depth look an have an interactive experience around the stories behind five of the carillon bells, dedicated by Wellingtonians in memory of those who died in the Great War.
You can explore the Wellington Bell Stories visitor display, donated by Wellington City Council, inside the National War Memorial.
Wellington Sky Show
7 Jul 2018 (Sat)
Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Nau mai, haere mai – your whole whānau are warmly invited to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year.
Rounding out our Matariki celebrations will be the Wellington Sky Show at the Wellington waterfront. This landmark event sees the Wellington harbour light up with a spectacular fireworks display.
Please note: Fireworks display will star promptly at 6.30 and be approximately 10–12 minutes long.
Postponement date: Sunday 8 July, 6:30PM. Check Wellington City Council's Facebook page for event updates.
Orchestra Wellington and Te Vaka – Songs of Moana
14 Jul 2018 (Sat)
Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington
Orchestra Wellington will be joined by the acclaimed South Pacific ensemble Te Vaka to perform 'We Know The Way', 'How Far I Go' and all your other favourites from Disney’s hit movie Moana.
Jewels of the pacific 'Te Vaka' return to New Zealand shores after almost a decade, and for the first time since scoring the 2016 film.
Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from the South Pacific brought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa'i. They have toured the world extensively for more than 20 years, representing New Zealand and the South Pacific. In 2013 Opetaia was requested by Disney to write soundtrack for Moana.
“Think Lion King, set in the South Pacific 2000 years ago and we would like you to write the music” you can start to feel like you are in a Disney movie because things like this don’t happen in real life – But it did!” - Opetaia Foa’i
An explosive live show alongside the orchestra, filled with singing, dancing and of course their famous log drums, this is a family concert not to be missed!
Tami Neilson - Sassafrass! NZ Tour
3 Aug 2018 (Fri)
The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners St, Te Aro, Wellington
Tami Neilson will release her new record Sassafrass! on June 1, ahead of a seven-tour date of New Zealand.
The award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter today gives fans a taste of what’s to come on Sassafrass! with the album’s lead single ‘Stay Outta My Business’.
30 Aug 2018 (Thu)
The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners St, Te Aro, Wellington
Since the release of her debut full-length Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett has been celebrated as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, a singer-writer who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment.
Flipping between the political and personal with face-melting guitars to boot Barnett’s rise to global prominence is unprecedented.
From the housing crisis of 'Depreston' to the hell of internet trolls in 'Nameless Faceless', the 30-year-old's everyday narratives have now weaved into collaboration with The Breeders, Kurt Vile and long-term partner Jen Cloher.
Rolling Stone praised her as “one of the sharpest, most original songwriters around—at any level, in any genre… a self-strafing humorist á la Lena Dunham who’s also a Dylan-style word ninja”. She's a critical darling with an adoring fanbase to match.
Barnett's electric live shows have seen her grace the stages of the biggest festivals of the world, playing to adoring audiences across five continents.
World of WearableArt 2018
27 Sep 2018 (Thu) - 14 Oct 2018 (Sun)
TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Each year around 60,000 people from across New Zealand and around the world experience the magical world of WOW.
World of WearableArt Awards Show is New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production where incredible works of wearable art, created by designers from around the globe, are bought to life on stage.
This year, WOW invites you to journey into the unimaginable, a place of reflection, dreams and wonder as they celebrate their 30th anniversary show.
One thing is certain, you will be inspired and captivated by the extraordinary and for a moment you’ll… leave your world behind.