John Walsh: A Portrait of A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay
8 Nov 2018 (Thu) - 10 Feb 2019 (Sun)
New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Of Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and Irish descent, John Walsh was brought up in Ūawa Tolaga Bay.
Best known for his sublime, ethereal landscapes with dense narratives, A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay He Whakaahua o Ūawa is a major survey of Walsh's portrait paintings. The exhibition includes the 20-metre long A Portrait of Tolaga Bay in 1980, shown in public for the first time since the 1980s. John will be in the gallery restoring this work during the opening weeks of the show.
24 Nov 2018 (Sat) - 9 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Aro Park, Aro Street, Wellington
Wellington is a hothouse of talent! Summer Sounds are coming to Aro Park.
Ship 'N Chip Tour
14 Dec 2018 (Fri) - 11 Mar 2019 (Mon)
Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Explore Wellington on and off shore, from its islands to its icons. Begin the day with a guided tour through Wellington Museum.
For lunch, indulge in a classic kiwi favourite, fish’n’chips, before setting sail across the harbour to visit Matiu/Somes Island, where you’ll be free to explore at your leisure before returning to the city.
Tours begin at 11am, and return at 3.45pm (optional return at 2pm on the weekends).
Gardens Magic 2019
8 Jan 2019 (Tue) - 27 Jan 2019 (Sun)
The Soundshell, 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Free Concert: 8pm–9:30pm. Light display: 9pm–10:30pm. Celebrate 40 years of Summer City and 150 years of our beautiful Botanic Garden with 3 weeks of memorable music.
Wellington’s iconic free concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! We have a diverse range of talent, including classical, jazz, indie, rock, pop, world music, ska, reggae, Te Reo Māori and more.
There’s something for everyone. Come early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting.
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality
16 Jan 2019 (Wed) - 22 Apr 2019 (Mon)
Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality offers you a rare opportunity to have an intimate and immersive encounter with some of the remarkable ancient terracotta warriors.
For more than 2,000 years, they secretly guarded the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s First Emperor.
Discovered by chance in 1974, the underground army is one of the greatest ever archaeological finds – and regarded by some as an eighth wonder of the world.
This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.
Summer Pop-up Village
16 Jan 2019 (Wed) - 3 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Pop-up Village Taranaki Wharf, Taranaki St, Wellington, Wellington
Every summer the Wellington waterfront is filled with a unique splash of local design.
Discover a collection of containers featuring local designers on Taranaki St Wharf (near Te Papa).
Talented entrepreneurs, artists, and makers with everything from pop-up gift cards to resin jewelry & art prints. Follow your visit with an ice cream or coffee on the waterfront.
Most shops open between 10am and 4pm when the weather is fine. Open to public from 1st December 2018 - 3rd March 2019.
An Evening With Nigella Lawson
23 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Nigella Lawson: Direct from London’s West End.
She is one of the most successful food writers of all time, having sold more than ten million cookbooks worldwide, teaching us How To Eat and How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Now it’s time to meet the woman behind the cookbooks.
Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with Nigella Lawson is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage.
Blackcaps v India - 5th ODI
3 Feb 2019 (Sun)
Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do. It’s the catches in the crowd, the costumes, the immaculate field and that perfect pitch that we can only imagine having in our backyard.
This season the world’s best players are coming to our backyard! Team India play with a thrilling style and the passion of their fans is not to be missed.
So, grab your family and friends to experience the Blackcaps take on the thrilling challenge of the men in blue.
Madiba the Musical - a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life
7 Feb 2019 (Thu) - 10 Feb 2019 (Sun)
The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington
Revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela – known by his tribe as Madiba – would have been 100 this month. In celebration of his birthday and his legacy, a compelling new stage show Madiba the Musical - a Celebration of Nelson Mandela is announced for New Zealand.
Beginning its world tour in France and soon to arrive in Australia, this international production is interwoven with stories of the fight against apartheid and forbidden love in a troubled land. The musical pays tribute to New Zealand and the dramatic part it played in bringing an end to apartheid.
Cult Wine and Te Aro Wine Present: Rose All Day
9 Feb 2019 (Sat)
Te Aro Wine, 8 Ebor Street, Wellington
'Rose All Day' is our inaugural festival celebrating organic, natural and lo-fi rose from New Zealand and all over the world.
There will be still, sparkling, light, dark and everything in between. Food by 5 Boroughs and Lashings.
Hamlet - Summer Shakespeare
15 Feb 2019 (Fri) - 2 Mar 2019 (Sat)
The Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens, 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most dynamic plays, built around its compelling, chameleon-like central character. Our production of Hamlet will feature a woman, Stevie Hancox-Monk, in the eponymous lead role.
Part-ghost story, part-thriller, part-dark comedy, Hamlet moves at a breakneck pace towards a tragic conclusion. An innovative new interpretation of one of the world’s most enduring stories, Summer Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the perfect opportunity to experience the Bard at its best over a family-friendly picnic in the beautiful Dell, Wellington Botanic Gardens.
Jim Beam Homegrown
23 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Celebrating its 12th year, the Jim Beam Homegrown festival is back on Saturday, March 23rd and ready to take it to the next level!
The Wellington Waterfront will come alive with carnival rides, markets, 5 stages and 42 of NZ's favourite acts, as Homegrown delivers Kiwi music's biggest party this summer!
1st Lineup is out now!
Check out all the details here: https://www.homegrown.net.nz
24 Apr 2019 (Wed)
TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce the long-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand of one of the USA’s most critically acclaimed singer/songwriters – nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones.
The ‘Come Away With Me’ singer will perform three intimate headline dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart in April 2019, as well as five shows in New Zealand. These will be the beguiling pianist and vocalist’s first performances in Australia in six years – and 14 years in New Zealand!