From indulging foodie experiences, indoor fun, hiking and more…there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Wellington now that restrictions eased. Here are 18 of the best things to do in Wellington this May.
Wellingtonians go wild for a delicious foodie festival. From May 6 to 29, experience over 100 venues combining their expertise on meals, beverages and entertainment. Expect an elegant ball, a masquerade dinner, cocktail trails and much more.
2. Argentinian Asado Evenings
Nikau is relaunching their Argentinian-style asado dining experience paired with wine for barbecue lovers. Read all about it here.
📍City Gallery Wellington, Te Ngākau Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011
3. See the Hurricanes
Until June 18, see the Hurricanes in action for their rugby matches at Sky Stadium. Certainly, an energizing evening out this season. Get tickets via the Hurricanes website.
📍105 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
4. Leroy’s Brazilian Carnival
On May 14, as part of the Eat Drink Play Festival, indulge on all-you-can-eat skewers and feijoada, tasty drinks while jamming to samba music. It’s the ultimate carnival experience. Tickets are $60 per person. Purchase tickets via the Eventfinda website.
📍Leroy’s Bar, 2 Plimmers, Wellington
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, one of the most epic things to do this May.
📍 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
On May 21, head to Dirty Little Secret to find out who murdered who in a 1929-inspired mystery, while knocking back cocktails and beer, dancing to tunes and indulging on a 3-course meal.
7. Hippopotamus High Tea
📍 90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
An escape room 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
Grab your partner, your friend, or go on your own, but head to your nearest movie theatre to catch some of the newest blockbusters or best recent releases on the big screen.
📍 Various Locations
10. Hannahs Laneway
If you are a dedicated foodie, you will love the world’s tastiest hidden 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 more.
📍 14 Leeds Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
11. Paper Pals
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
12. Out In The Pool Party
On May 1, go wild at Keith Spry Pool to celebrate music and good vibes, inclusivity with the LGBTQI+ community and plenty of swimming. Certainly, a great evening for the young hearted. Get tickets on Eventfinda.
📍6 Wanaka Street, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037, New Zealand
Rediscover the delights of your homeland by heading to this wildlife sanctuary. Opt to bring your own lunch or else tuck into some exclusive Kiwi cuisine at the local café. Surrounded by birdsong and remote bushes, you’ll have a marvellous time.
📍 3 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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. Wonderfully, Boho Bach offers spectacular views in a beautiful and private setting.
📍 Fortification Road, Karaka Bays, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
15. Wine Tasting
Why not travel to Martinborough Vineyard for a glorious day of wine tasting and chowing down on the best New Zealand cuisine. Learn about wine production, bike ride through the centre and visit the world-famous Martinborough Hotel, all while appreciating some high-quality wine.
📍 89 Martins Road, Martinborough 5954, New Zealand
16. Instagrammable Food Hunt
Courtesy of Secret, check out the most instagrammable foods in Wellington and embark on a foodie adventure.
📍 Various Locations
17. Weta Workshop
From bizarre costumes to mystical creatures, learn how physical effects of major TV and film masterpieces were created at this studio tour. In a unique universe, you’ll meet iconic craftspeople and more. 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.
📍 21 Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
18. Try out Fred’s sandwiches
This 5-star reviewed café came under our radar for their irresistible OTT sandwiches. Read all about them here.