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January to February

Summer City Programme,  Wellington, which is a series of festivals around the city

 

February

2nd weekend in February

Wine Marlborough Festival ( Blenheim)

 

February, even-numbered years only;

New Zealand Festival (Wellington), an entire month of national and international culture

 

February

Cuba Street Carnival

Cuba Street

A truly fantastic spectacle of floats, bands, dancers, and performers takes over Cuba Street for one weekend in February.

 

March

Capital E National Arts Festival

Capital E

Quality performers from all over the world, carnivals and free events create a two-week arts blast for children aged 3-14 years and their families.

 

March

Golden Shears Sheep-Shearing Contest; Masterton), a must for lovers of sheep and sweat

 

April

Rebel Sport Super 14

Westpac Stadium

The new and improved Super 14 rugby tournament kicks off annually, with the Hurricanes playing six home games at the Westpac Stadium.

 

Armageddon

The Events Centre

Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo returns to the capital, featuring huge gaming displays, as well as cult television and movie celebrities.

 

June

The NZI Opera Season opens at Westpac St James Theatre

 

July

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Westpac St James Theatre

With refreshing energy and infectious charm, the Royal New Zealand Ballet presents a bold new triple bill.

 

September

Montana World of WearableArt Awards Show

The Events Centre Wellington

Artists from throughout New Zealand and around the world enter truly amazing garments that are presented in a two hour show of movement, sound and light.

 

October

Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival

Various locations, Wellington

Teams from around the world will gather as Wellington hosts the biggest rugby festival in the world.

 

November

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Westpac St James Theatre, Wellington

Arts and Entertainment

 

Circa

1 Taranaki St

Wellington

New Zealand

04 801 7992

Over 20 plays a year are produced.  Each Circa play is actually a Single Venture Partnership of Actors, Directors and Theatre Personnel, and each production is produced by individual dramatic partnerships.   It has been hugely influential in keeping theatre alive in New Zealand. It has a highly motivated team that ensures a superior standard and actively demonstrates a wide range of talent and abilities.  The theatre has run successfully for over 30 years.

 

Downstage

12 Cambridge Terrace, corner of Courtenay Place and Cambridge Terrace

Wellington

Ticket Office:  Located on the ground level of the  Theatre, 

Hours: Mon - Fri 9am till show time or 5pm if no show, Sat 12pm till show time or 5pm if no show. 04 801 6946

Celebrating over 40 years, Downstage is New Zealand's longest running professional theatre. It is an intimate theatre which seats approximately 250 people. Iit is situated centrally in  New Zealand's capital city and cultural hub.

With a uniquely flexible auditorium, Downstage has at least 7 different configurations. This means that the position of the stage and seats may move around from show to show.

 

BATS

1 Kent Terrace

Wellington, New Zealand

BATS Theatre is an intimate venue located in the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes building. BATS is an acronym for the Bain and Austin Touring Society, (named after Rodney Bane and David Austin, the founding members of BATS). BATS Inc began as a prolific amateur theatre company, producing school tours and shows, achieving a string of main-bill successes. 

The Basic Policy for BATS has been:

“To rekindle the popularity and accessibility of theatre for young people and to provide a venue, a training ground and a way in for young people struggling to forge careers in the difficult world of professional theatre.

These aims were achieved in recent years by:

Keeping ticket prices for students on a par with cinema admission and video hire rates.

Programming the theatre with entertainment value as a priority

Ensuring a consistently high standard of work

Keeping the doors open for young theatre practitioners.

Promoting the theatre along the lines of inexpensive but good entertainment “

BATS is currently New Zealand's strongest developmental theatre. It has an annual program of between 50 to 60 shows with at least 90% of those shows being New Zealand and world premieres.

 The fundamental philosophy of BATS has stayed true to its former ambitions. It constantly seeks to build a new young audience for theatre by presenting diverse, relevant and challenging theatre. It focuses on being accessible for both its audience and incoming theatre companies. BATS gives support to many developing arts practitioners.

 

 Sports

New Zealand Cricket Museum

Old Grandstand, Basin Reserve

Wellington

04 385 6602

Summer Hours: (1 Nov-30 Apr) Open 7 days 10.30 - 3.30.

Winter Hours: (1 May-31 Oct) 10.30 - 3.30 weekends only.

Have a look at the history of one of New Zealand's favorite pastimes. NZ and international cricketing memorabilia from 1743 to present day are displayed. Education Programs, brochure, and guided tours are available.

 

Westpac Stadium

Waterloo Quay

Suburb: Wellington Central

Phone: 04 495 8485

This 34,000 seat stadium is the principal venue for Wellington sporting events.  The Westpac Stadium is New Zealand's only world class, purpose built Stadium and Corporate Hospitality venue. Above the playing area is New Zealand's biggest TV Screen, an 84 square metre giant backed up by on-site sound and vision production facilities.

The main entry points:

• The pedestrian walkway is approximately 680 metres long.

• It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to walk the length of the walkway.

• There are three main access points

- from Thorndon Quay just north of the railway station

- from near Shed 21 on the port.

- directly from the railway platforms

• The walkway will take you to the ticket sales booth, turnstiles and security checkpoint.

 Cricket, rugby, football and the 2Hot2 Handle Motor Show are all favorites at the stadium.  In December there is a Christmas Carol Event.