Get ready for some fun this October.
Whether you adore island adventures, food festivals, Broadway productions and other thrilling activities, we’ve found something for everyone to get excited about in town. Here are 15 of the best things to do in Wellington this October.
1. Friends: The Musical Parody
On October 10, Friends fans can rejoice in this magical musical number as it tours New Zealand for the first time ever. Let fresh intriguing actors keep you entertained as they take on the roles of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Chandler and Joey. Read more about it here and to purchase tickets.
There is nothing more satisfying than brunchin and munchin our way around town. Check out our latest list of the best spring and summer brunches in Wellington.
3. Summer 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. You can learn about wine production, take bike rides through the centre, visit the world-famous Martinborough Hotel, all while appreciating some high-quality wine.
📍 89 Martins Road, Martinborough 5954, New Zealand
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. Certainly, an epic thing to do this October.
📍 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
5. Instagrammable Food Hunt
Courtesy of Secret, check out the most instagrammable foods in Wellington, and go on a mission to see for yourselves if they are up to your foodie standard.
On October 30 and 31, health enthusiasts can attend New Zealand’s largest green living and sustainable lifestyle show. Highlights will include seminars, food and beverages, supplements, organic services, personal care, health and wellness advice, pet products, and so much more. Get your tickets via Eventbrite.
📍 TSB Arena, Wellington CBD
7. Picnic At Wellington Botanic Garden
Surrounded by lush greenery and plenty of florals, visit the Botanic Garden and dig into a delightful picnic. Go with friends in your bubble, or even grab a book, and go yourself for some relaxation in the Spring sun.
📍 101 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
On October 22, the very popular Synthony is hosting a brand new show that will celebrate dance tracks mixed with live orchestra, vocals, guest musicians and epic DJs. If you’ve never been, this event is unmissable and a unique experience. There’ll be music by Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, and plenty more, all carefully curated by Dick Johnson. Indeed, one of the best things to do this October in Wellington.
📍 TSB Arena, Wellington
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
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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, where you can satisfy your sweet cravings by eating peanut butter at the quirky peanut butter shop, or eat delicious renowned salted caramel cookies at Leeds Street Bakery, and lots more. It’s a fantastic October activity.
📍 14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
If it’s safe to go on a short spring getaway, why not check out our favourite North Island Getaways for some tips.
14. 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
15. 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.