Kickstart the month of February with a range of exciting activities. From interactive festivals to arts shows, outdoor adventures and more…there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Wellington. Here’s 18 of the best things to do this February 2023 in Wellington.
1. Attend Wellington Pasifika Festival
Be transported to the Pacific Islands for one day at this free festival returning to Wellington on February 11. With more than 15,000 people expected to attend, it celebrates the sights, sounds and flavours of the Pacific in the heart of Waitangi Park. Enjoy plenty of activities, a Pasifika cook-off competition, food and craft stalls, and more.
📍Herd Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
2. See Ed Sheeran live
If you missed one of the world’s greatest popstars in Wellington in January. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran returns to the stage at Sky Stadium on February 1 and 2. Read all about it here.
📍The Opera House and Sky Stadium, Wellington
3. Get festive at the NZ Fringe Festival
The New Zealand Fringe Festival 2023 returns from February 17 to March 11. Dive into endless arts events from quirky performances such as Hell School: The Musical and Truth Be Told, interactive activities and much more for creatives.
4. Admire the best planes over Wairarapa
Wings Over Wairarapa Festival is taking place between February 24 to 26. Watch more than 70 aircrafts including vintage, jets, helicopters, military plans and more zoom over Wairarapa for a special showcase. Perfect for people of all ages!
📍South Road, Solway, Masterton 5885, New Zealand
5. See West Side Story on the big screen
On February 18, watch the 1961 version of Academy award-winning West Side Story on the big screen, with live music from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, guided by famous conductor from Singapore, Joshua Tan. Sing along to hits like I Feel Pretty, Maria and plenty more. Get tickets on Ticketmaster.
📍Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand
6. Take on a summer activity
For those would love the summer days, we’ve rounded up a range of best seasonal things to do for you to take advantage of. From rooftop bars to adrenaline forest adventures and wine tasting…you won’t be bored. Check out our guide here.
7. Learn about movie-making
Head to the world-famous Weta Workshop to learn about Oscar-winning work on Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. From bizarre costumes to mystical creatures, learn how physical effects were created and meet craftspeople, to name a few.
📍 21 Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
8. Explore Wellington’s history at a new exhibition
Te Whanganui-a-Tara is a huge new interactive exhibition exploring Wellington’s history and culture through a large-scale timeline, dating back to the Te Orokohanga. Developed with Wellington-based artists, creatives and scientists, it tells stories right up to the pandemic of today.
📍3 Jervois Quay, Wellington Central, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
9. Relax at Wellington’s first champagne bar
The Champagneria is the first-ever champagne bar to open in Wellington. It specialises in a host of champagnes and sparkling wines from across the globe, alongside boozy brunches, high teas and more. Read all about it here. Certainly, one of the best things to do this month.
📍8 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
10. Go Glamping
As one of our favourite Wellington date ideas, it’s a fantastic thing to do. For example, Canopy Camping Escapes have an exclusive Wellington site. Boho Bach offers spectacular views in a beautiful and private setting – perfect for summer nights.
📍 Fortification Road, Karaka Bays, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
11. Embark on a night tour at Zealandia
Explore Zealandia sanctuary at night for the most surreal experience. Learn about unique species and New Zealand’s history from a guide and see plenty of rare and endangered species like tuatara and glow worms, to name a few.
📍 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
12. Valentine’s Day 2023
From romantic dining to treating a special someone to one of the most unique dates, and kissing in the most romantic locations in Christchurch…there’s plenty to do on Valentine’s Day this year. Keep an eye on our page for a things to do roundup prior to February 14.
13. Visit the beach
Wellington is blessed with a stunning coastline with delightful beaches to relax at this summer season. Discover the best ones to visit here.
14. Get out your frustration at Sweet Axe
As one of our favourite date ideas, it’s also an excellent thing to do with a group. Certainly, a way to let out your anger, provoking endless laughter and interesting conversations.
📍60 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
15. Drink at a funky new lounge
Auntie Social LoungeAuntie Social Lounge is a hot new 70s-inspired bar located at Newtown. It boasts New York jazz club vibes and exhibits a cosy interior, down a secret alley, with a beer garden. Plus, it serves delicious snacks and refreshing beverages, from cocktails to beers.
📍4 Rintoul Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
16. Admire the Paper Pals exhibition
Head to the Te Papa Museum to see local artist Ben Pearce’s exhibition. The sculpture features four giant origamis with a panda, baboon, pūkeko and pukeko. It’s free and will remain there until 2024.
📍55 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand
17. Indulge on pizza
On February 9, it’s World Pizza Day so it’s the perfect excuse to indulge on the most delicious pizza around Wellington. See our list here. Definitely, one of the best things to do for foodies in Wellington.
📍 Various Locations
18. Hangout on a rooftop
Grab your mates for a few sessions in the sunshine at one of Wellington’s best rooftops. Luckily, we’ve already listed the best rooftop experiences in the city.
📍 Various Locations
SEE MORE: The Best Day Trips From Wellington