The capital city of New Zealand is home to the largest population in the country and to an eclectic collection of entertainment venues. There is plenty to do close to top rated accommodations without needing to venture out very far. Just make sure to plan ahead for those that may have a waiting list.

The Weta Cave Shop

Located in Miramar, the famous shopping place offers movie lover’s the ultimate shopping experience. Visitors can take photos alongside the life-sized sculptures of top celebrities, walk through the mini museum, and watch the shop’s exclusive documentary. It’s also the only place where guests can go behind the scenes at “The Lord of the Rings” and learn more about the books behind the popular movies. More info here:

Circa Theatre

Circa Theatre stages as many as twenty different shows each year with a nearly unanimous high rating by viewers of each. Standby tickets are available to guests an hour prior to the show and dinner and show packages are available. Guests find Circa Theatre a cozy place to spend an evening watching innovative live theater.

Casinos and cocktail bars

There are a few casino venues to choose from. More info is available here on the New Zealand Casino scene. There are a wide range of great cocktail bars in Wellington. Check this guide for more info.

San Fran

Locals consider San Fran to be Wellington’s best live music venue and many of its visitors agree. The entertainment includes local and international live bands, comedy shows, and DJs.


The historic cinema was built in 1917, creating a unique atmosphere where viewers can take in any of a number of films. There are three screens and a licensed bar and café.

Wellington Botanic Garden

Wellington_Botanic_Garden_Floral_Displays_2015The national park is near city centre where visitors can enjoy splendid views, an expansive display of plant life, and special events like Dinosaurs or the Southeast Asian Night Market.

There is no end to the entertainment options in Wellington with something for every age and every atmosphere from casual and relaxed to exciting and vibrant.