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.
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.
The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience
5 Jul 2018 (Thu) - 30 Nov 2018 (Fri)
The Great War Exhibition, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Wellington
Live moment to moment, as the ANZAC troops did in the trenches at GallipolI, only a bomb’s throw away from the Turks.
In this unique re-creation of Quinn’s Post, encounter the noise, the explosions, the stench, the confined environment those men had to deal with during the ferocious struggle between opposing forces. At times confronting, this will be an experience like no other!
The Trench Experience may be booked as a stand-alone option, however, our combo deal is the best way to experience The Great War Exhibition and Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. Our combo includes admission, a 45-minute guided tour from one of our knowledgeable guides and the 30-minute sensory experience within The Trench.
The Quinn's Post Trench Experience lasts 30 minutes with the first experience at 9.10am, the last at 5.10pm, and sessions nearly every 10 minutes in between. Due to the popularity of The Trench Experience, we advise booking in advance via our website. Larger groups may need to book consecutive tours, 10 minutes apart. Feel free to phone us if you have a large group.
The Quinn’s Post Trench sensory experience may not be suitable for all visitors. The experience is not recommended for children below the age of 8 as some children may find this experience disturbing. Parental guidance is essential.
Exhibition open daily 9am–6pm.
Wellington Ice Rink
6 Jul 2018 (Fri) - 5 Aug 2018 (Sun)
Odlins Plaza, 21 Cable St, Wellington
Wellington's Waterfront Ices up For Winter Fun!
Wellington's vibrant waterfront precinct comes alive with mid-winter fun as the Wellington Ice Rink returns to get the capital city skating away the mid-winter blues.
The four week programme of wintry festivities offers something for everyone. The fully covered ice rink provides stunning views straight out into the bay, a visual treat for all weather skating.
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’.
8 Aug 2018 (Wed)
The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
US singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega makes a long-awaited return to New Zealand this August, with concerts in Auckland and Wellington:
Suzanne Vega will perform songs from throughout her career. Her songs have connected strongly with New Zealanders over the years, earning her major chart success here with the likes of Luka, Solitude Standing, Tom’s Diner (with DNA), and Blood Make Noise.
New Yorker Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival in the early 1980s. From her self-titled 1985 to today, she has sold over seven million albums and has been nominated for seven Grammy awards.
Her Solitude Standing album was No. 1 in New Zealand and features the hits - Tom's Diner (a beautiful acapella track, subsequently re-released with DNA), and Luka - a haunting folk-pop classic written from the perspective of an abused child.
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.
The Daffodil Express
9 Sep 2018 (Sun)
Wellington Railway Station, Bunny St, Wellington
Celebrate spring and travel with Steam Incorporated from Wellington to Carterton by heritage excursion train to attend the annual Daffodil Festival. An ideal Fathers Day gift!
The train will be hauled by our steam locomotive Ja1271 and we will be using our set of vintage carriages, some with open balcony end.
A diesel locomotive will be attached in front of our steam locomotive for the sectors through the 9km long Rimutaka Tunnel.
Located in the heart of the Wairarapa, Carterton’s popular Daffodil Festival offers an abundance of activities ranging from the famous Daffodil picking at Middlerun, markets along High and Holloway Streets, the Big Wai Art sale in the events Centre, Daffodil Express Steam Train experiences, Wairarapa Produce Tasting Area and loads more family fun.
The market stalls will be set up in the town centre a short walk from the railway station. Shuttle buses will run from the town centre to the daffodil fields where you can pick your own daffodils for a small fee. The cost of the bus transfer is included in your train ticket.
Fare includes bus transfers to daffodil fields. You can also board the train at Petone, Waterloo, or Upper Hutt.
All seating is reserved. Prior booking essential.
Chicago the Musical
13 Sep 2018 (Thu) - 24 Sep 2018 (Mon)
The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin... so the story unfolds in the award-winning Broadway and West End musical Chicago, which comes to New Zealand in August 2018 and opens at The Civic in Auckland before moving to the Opera House in Wellington in September.
Winner of six Tonys, two Oliviers, one Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards, plus thousands of standing ovations, Chicago is the longest-running musical revival in Broadway history and truly is “The sharpest, slickest show on the block” (The Times, UK).
Chicago has everything that makes Broadway and the West End great – a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another, including Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango and All That Jazz; the sexiest, most sensational dancing; and a sharply sophisticated set which incorporates the 11-piece orchestra.
It’s no surprise that this devilishly delicious musical has brought cheering audiences to their feet all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. An estimated 31 million people have seen Chicago, which has played over 30,000 performances worldwide.
Set in the Prohibition-era 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer with ambitions of Vaudeville stardom, who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.
Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
Chicago is a stunning spectacle full of social satire, intrigue, love, betrayal, rivalry and friendship, a pageant of music and dance that adroitly shifts between reality and fantasy, as Roxie Hart’s world moves from prison to the courtroom to the stage.
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.