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Wellington lives up to its vibrant vibe – Published by micenet

Published by micenet and produced in partnership with Business Events Wellington

Wellington is living up to its name as New Zealand’s vibrant capital with a busy events calendar and exciting developments in store.

Now that New Zealand borders have reopened and event restrictions have dropped, the compact, connected capital has a renewed energy that is reflected through its events calendar, revamped conference and events venues and new restaurant openings.

Events-wise, the line-up scheduled across many of the city’s top venues over the next year includes music megastar Ed Sheeran, the theatrical spectacular World of WearableArt® Awards Show, the acclaimed international musical Girl from the North Country, featuring classic Bob Dylan songs, and Winetopia, which features wine from around the country.

The revamped St James Theatre will celebrate its reopening in June with Māori modern soul singer Teeks teaming up with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

Over the next year, the events schedule for the iconic theatre features Les Misérables, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Cinderella, New Zealand Opera’s new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, English comedian Sarah Millican and the Broadway hit Shrek the Musical.

Within a stone’s throw of these conference and events venues are new inner-city eateries Concord, Mabel’s, Chaat Street and Liberty.

Take a trip to 20th century Europe at the casual-chic restaurant Concord, while Chaat Street serves up tapas-style South Asian street food that’s equally authentic and delicious and Koji offers Asian-inspired cuisine mixed with locally sourced produce.

Share a table at Mabel’s, a Burmese restaurant that will transport you to the heart of Myanmar, or watch the world go by at Liberty, the latest venture from Steve Logan and Shaun Clouston of Wellington fine-dining institution Logan Brown.

There are changes in the wind within other Wellington conference and events venues too, namely the Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Town Hall.

Home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington’s main stage for leading performing artists, the Michael Fowler Centre has reopened after a soft refurbishment.

The Wellington Town Hall is also undergoing restoration and refurbishment, due for completion in 2024.

Let’s not forget Wellington’s new purpose-built convention and exhibition Tākina, which is attracting plenty of interest and on track to open next year.

Like Tākina, many of Wellington’s venues sit within the very heart of New Zealand’s compact, walkable capital.

Just a short drive from the airport, Wellington is also known for its connectedness, meaning easy access to New Zealand’s government agencies, political representatives, education institutes, local industry leaders and the city’s specialist sectors.

The Business Events Wellington team is keen to discuss all that Wellington has to offer –email Tania Barnes at Business Events Wellington in Australia at or phone +61 459 031 091.

Visit for more on what’s possible for business events in Wellington.

Business Events Wellington are a PCOA Business Partner.