Wellington hums with activity all year round. The political and cultural capital of New Zealand is delightfully compact and easy to get around with a Wellington Airport car hire. Here are some upcoming events worthy of your attention.
19 October - Tennyson St, Te Aro
For the second year in a row, Tennyson Street will be closed to traffic and turned into a lively day of food, music, workshops, community competitions, market stalls, art, and more. This community event will include fundraising activities, two entertainment stages and a pop up gallery and craft market.
19 October - TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf
The Diwali festival of lights will be celebrated at Wellington’s waterfront with the sounds, colours and flavours of India. Food stalls, dance performances and stunning displays provide fun for the whole family.
8 November - Wellington waterfront
An annual highlight since 1995, the Wellington Sky Show fireworks display illuminates the sky over Wellington harbour, in sync with soundtracks on the local radio stations. Mobile food vendors along the waterfront and family entertainment are all part of the fun.
14-16 November - TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf
Toi Maori Art Market will bring all kinds of creativity to Wellington – seminars, presentations and performances from musicians, poets and artists. 200 Maori artists will have their work on display and for sale at the TSB Events Centre, including paintings, ceramics, sculptures, carving, weaving, and jewellery. In addition to local talent, international guests include visitors from native arts initiatives in the USA and Canada.
Martinborough, an hour northeast of Wellington, is prime wine country. Toast Martinborough is a unique annual celebration of food and wine, against a backdrop of great live music and quaint village atmosphere. It is set in nine different boutique vineyards – accessible either on foot or by free shuttle buses that travel the entire circuit. Sample wines from current and past vintages, matched with gourmet food. All up there will be more than 70 wines, 100 dishes and 20 live acts on the day.