Get ready for some fun this August!
Whether you adore island adventures, food festivals, Broadway productions and other fun activities, we’ve found something for everyone to get excited about in town. Here are 12 of the best things to do in Wellington this August.
1. Wellington On A Plate 2021
For the whole month of August, you can experience some epic events at Wellington On A Plate. Get the low down in our article below.
2. Les Misérables
From August 19 to September 4, you can experience this world-famous iconic show right in the heart of Wellington. The musical last appeared in Wellington over 20 years ago, so this one is not to be missed. Les Misérables is being produced by the same folks who are producing Jersey Boys, and it is set in a rebellious France during the 19th century. Expect plenty of musical numbers and fresh intriguing actors to keep you entertained. Get tickets via the Ticketmaster website.
📍 St James Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand
An escape room experience is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping for the weekend. With only 60 minutes to escape, you must try and unlock the keys by solving puzzles and riddles in a room with your team. If you’ve never done an escape room before, now is your time.
📍 69 Pharazyn Street, Melling, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
4. Surrealist Art – He Toi Pohewa
Avail of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see world-famous Surrealist masterpieces of artwork on lend from Rotterdam’s Museum. Think Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, just to name a few. From exquisite paintings to sculptures to unreal designs and print work…you won’t get bored exploring over 180 pieces in this exhibition. Anyone with an appreciation for art will be pining for a visit. Get your tickets now via the Ticketek website.
📍 Te Papa Museum, 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
5. Weta Workshop
Weta Workshop will bring you on an imaginary world of discovery at one of the world’s greatest studio tours. From bizarre costumes to mystical creatures, you’ll learn how physical effects of some major TV shows and films are crafted by entering a unique universe of craftspeople. Weta Workshop is best known for its Oscar-winning work on Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. For more information, visit Weta Workshop.
📍 Weka Street, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
6. Hannahs Laneway
If you are a dedicated foodie, you will absolutely love the world’s tastiest hidden laneway – Hannahs Laneway. They’ve got wonderful deals coming up for Wellington On A Plate where you can satisfy your cravings by eating peanut butter at the quirky peanut butter shop, delicious renowned salted caramel cookies at Leeds Street Bakery, and lots more. It’s a fantastic August activity.
📍 14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
On August 13 and 14, prepare for some antics at this beer festival where you can indulge on a variety of both New Zealand and global beers, cider and wines. Excitingly, you’ll have pick of many delicious food stalls and get to listen to some iconic entertainment while meeting plenty of fresh faces. Beer lovers will adore this event.
📍 Sky Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
8. Winter Wine Tasting
Take a one hour road trip to the Martinborough Vineyard for a glorious day of wine tasting and chowing down on some fine New Zealand cuisine. Learn about the production of wine while appreciating some high-quality Pinot Noir. What a scene!
📍 89 Martins Road, Martinborough 5954, New Zealand
Fancy a short winter getaway? Lucky for you we already found the best staycations near Wellington. Check out our article below for more information.
10. Night Markets
Cuba Street at the weekend is a cute and enjoyable spot for some excitement. From pizza to Asian cuisine to tasty desserts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A cheap, convenient and enjoyable activity right in the heart of Wellington. For more information, visit Wellington Night Markets website.
📍 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Make the most of the winter culture by heading ice skating down at Queens Wharf. You have until August 8 to avail of this opportunity. Opened from 10am to 10pm daily, you’ll be buzzing to hear the pop-up rink even hosts lots of themed parties such as colourful discos and 70s, 80s and 90s themed shows. Indeed, a fantastic winter activity to enjoy with friends.
📍 TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand
12. Kapiti Island
Take the ferry to Kapiti Island and explore one of New Zealand’s oldest tranquil nature reserves. Once there, immerse yourself in natural wonders by trekking through the forest or climbing the 521 m peak for stunning views. Kids and adults can even get up close and personal with rare majestic birds such as hihi, kaka and more. Get booking via Kapiti Island Nature Tours.