From interactive exhibitions to cool light pop-ups and more…there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Wellington. Here’s 19 of the best things to do in Wellington this January 2023.
1. Gardens Magic 2023
This free family-friendly experience from January 10 to 29 is unmissable at Wellington Botanic Garden. Enjoy 18 outdoor concerts, arts and performances in a variety of genres. Plus, there’s a magical light display when the sun goes down that’s worth a wander and a cool Kids Garden Trail to keep the children entertained.
📍101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
2. Laugh with Jimmy Carr
Award-winning British comedian Jimmy Carr is gracing the Micheal Fowler stage with his world tour Terribly Funny on January 14 and 15. Comedy fans won’t want to miss one of the funniest TV hosts and star of 8 Out Of 10 Cats in the UK. His controversial one-liners will have you falling off your seat with laughter. Read further about Jimmy Carr in Wellington.
📍Micheal Fowler Centre, Wellington
3. Go on an adventure with Pinocchio
Pinocchio: The Pantomime is a showcase featuring all your favourite characters from the nostalgic storybook. Tickets begin at $18 for the two-hour show and it finishes on January 14.
📍The Circa Theatre, Wellington
4. 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
5. Learn why we are all DOOMED
UK comedy sensation and best-selling author, Daniel Howell, is bringing his We’re All Doomed Tour 2023 to Wellington on January 26. In an effort to live his best life before the world end, Dan takes to the stage to savagely attack himself and the world in a sarcastic and humorous manner. Get tickets on Ticketmaster from $89.
📍Micheal Fowler Centre, Wellington
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. See Ed Sheeran live
From January 24 to 26, and on February 2, one of the most unmissable international acts will be in Wellington. British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran returns to New Zealand after a five year break. Find out more on the Ed Sheeran website.
📍The Opera House, Wellington
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. Try Veganuary 2023
Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired millions of people worldwide. Why not try out this 31 day challenge where you go vegan for the whole month? Luckily, we’ve already listed the best vegan eateries in Wellington to help you out!
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 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, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
17. Indulge on Dutch sweets
Head to Harbourside Market to indulge on authentic and drooling Dutch sweets. Read all about them here. Definitely, one of the best things to do for foodies.
📍 Riverside Market, Wellington
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
19. Go on an instagrammable food hunt
Courtesy of Secret, check out the most instagrammable foods in Wellington and embark on a foodie adventure.
📍 Various Locations
SEE MORE: The Best Day Trips From Wellington