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Wellington Events

New Zealand International Film Festival

The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event extending the cinematic options of audiences and filmmakers throughout New Zealand. A programme of between 150-170 features is presented in 13 cities across New Zealand.

Date: 28 July 2017 - 13 August 2017
Venue: Various venues around Wellington
Website: http://www.nziff.co.nz

World of Wearable Art Awards Show

Lines of fashion and art blur in a performance of dance, music and lighting choreography.

Date: 21 September 2017 - 08 October 2017
Venue: TSB Bank Arena
Website: http://www.worldofwearableart.com
Cost:

Show Tickets start at NZ$50.


Toast Martinborough Wine, Food and Music Festival

A celebration for wine lovers to sample premium wines plus gourmet food and enjoy great music. Thousands of people typically attend the event hosted in one of the country's most picturesque wine-growing villages. Festival goers will be able to move between 10 of Martinborough's boutique vineyards, enjoy fabulous wine tastings, tasty morsels and music that ranges from jazz and blues to funk, soul, folk, rock, pop and country.

Date: 19 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
Venue: The Square, Martinborough
Website: http://www.toastmartinborough.co.nz

Summer City Festival

A number of events are held in the summer ranging from the ever-popular ASB Gardens Magic concerts at the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell, with 22 live performances, to family-friendly events, Chinese New Year festivities, and more.

Date: 01 January 2018 - 31 March 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://wellington.govt.nz/events
Cost:

Various.


Wellington Cup Carnival

Horse racing, fashion and fun come together at the annual Wellington Cup Carnival. This is the jewel in Wellington Racing Club's crown and where impeccably dressed crowds watch the best horses in New Zealand compete for Wellington's most prestigious horse racing trophy, the Pacific Jewellers Wellington Cup.

Date: 13 January 2018 - 27 January 2018
Venue: Trentham Racecourse.
Website: http://www.trentham.co.nz

Waitangi Day

National day of thanksgiving in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between Maori and the British Crown. Cultural celebrations include dancing, music, craft and children's activities.

Date: 06 February 2018 - 06 February 2018
Venue: Waitangi Park.

New Zealand Fringe Festival

Organised chaos is the best way to describe this much-loved, nationally-recognised event which allows anyone to produce a show or a creative project for the entertainment of the community. Music, stand-up comedy, theatre, street performance, cutting-edge multi-media and visual arts are all included among more than 80 acts and performances staged in over 30 venues across the Wellington region. The Fringe Festival has become a recognised springboard for new and innovative arts in New Zealand and provides a stage for a mix of new talent across a range of different arts mediums. Around 100,000 festival-goers enjoy the varied fare on offer through this three-week arts extravaganza.

Date: 09 February 2018 - 03 March 2018
Venue: Various venues throughout Wellington region.
Website: http://www.fringe.co.nz/
Cost:

Various; many events are free.


New Zealand Festival

The New Zealand International Arts Festival, hosted in the capital city in even-numbered years, is the foremost cultural event in New Zealand. It features the best in visual and performing arts and entertainment from home and abroad. The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and Young Vic are just a few of the companies who have appeared in past years. The festival started in 1986 and his developed its bold programme to attract events and performers of the highest quality. Opera, theatre, dance and music fill the schedule, with a parallel programme of literary and visual arts, free and family events. Club nights feature informal entertainments which might include African rhythms, country, guitar or Latin music, with jazz on Sundays. A SchoolFest programme ensures that youngsters are not left out, and a series of talks and seminars runs through the festival period.

Date: 23 February 2018 - 18 March 2018
Venue: Waitangi Park and various venues.
Website: http://www.festival.co.nz
Cost:

Various; many events are free.


Food Show

A smorgasbord of fresh new flavours and tantalising menu ideas. Thousands of foodies flock to The Food Show Wellington to watch the who's who of the food world and to sip and sample the vast array of food and drink on offer.

Date: 01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Westpac Stadium.
Website: http://www.foodshow.co.nz

Tough Guy and Gal Challenge

If you are highly fit and fiercely competitive, Tough Guy and Gal Challenge could be the event for you. Male and female competitors test their skills and stamina on a long, muddy course to see who will emerge the toughest of them all. The full course is 9km (5.5 miles) in two equal laps, over army-style obstacles. Competitors must run, walk, crawl and climb through a variety of natural and manmade obstructions, including a 'spiders web', barbed wire, thick native bush, swamp crossings and water troughs. Team and individual entries are allowed, and there is also the option of a single-lap 'social' round. The competition also takes place in Auckland, Hamilton, Hawke's Bay, Palmerston North and Rotorua.

Date: 01 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Venue: Camp Wainui, Wainuiomata
Website: http://toughguyandgalchallenge.eventdesq.com
Cost:

NZ$65


Wellington Jazz Festival

Jazz celebration attracting international artists.

Date: 01 June 2018 - 30 June 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.jazzfestival.co.nz