New Zealand’s incredible capital city, Wellington, is located on the North Island. It boasts many exciting attractions, from the exciting Weta Cave mini museum to the iconic red cable cars that take you to the top of Mount Victoria. The city also has a vibrant food and wine scene.
All you need to do is hire a car from Wellington Airport https://www.drivenow.com.au/new-zealand/car-hire-wellington.jspc# and drive yourself to one of these hot up-and-coming events.
Wellington Sky Show Fireworks (pictured)
6th November, 9pm
Every single year the Wellington Sky Show lights up the sky over the city’s harbour. This spectacular fireworks display marks Guy Fawkes Night and has been running since 1995. It’s perhaps one of the most unique displays you’ll ever witness too, with the fireworks show synchronised with soundtracks on local radio stations. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the show from Wellington’s waterfront – one of the best vantage points in the city.
Another great event to add to you to-do list is to head down to Space Place to watch the Black Moon show. With the show running on the night Halloween, Black Moon is bound to alert your senses. It’s terrifying and definitely not for the faint-hearted! The show tells a gruesome tale about evil spirits related to Wellington’s night sky, all while you witness frightening visuals projected onto the planetarium dome above, This sound and visual experience is suitable for adults.
Diwali Festival of Lights
23rd October, 1:30-10pm
It’s one of the most colourful festivals you could ever imagine! Indians all across the world come together to light candles and lamps to signify triumph of light over darkness and Wellington is no exception. It’s one of the most important Hindu festivals and it’s growing on the New Zealand calendar. The event attracted more than 150,000 visitors in 2015. This year a busier and even more exciting line-up of international dance acts and art workshops is expected to see that legacy continue.
Shelly Bay Market
23rd October – 20th November
People of all ages can head to The Lodge for this gorgeous boutique style artisan, arts and crafts market. There are several different stalls where you can snatch up beautiful gifts for a good price. The stall holders are also friendly and more than happy to have a chat with you about their unique creations. This market showcases some of the best local art and creativity, which you’ll never find anywhere else.