Wellington at a glance – Wellington Convention Centre

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Whether you are visiting during summer months and greeted by bright red Pohutakawa trees flowering in the hot sun, or visiting in winter and battling the Southerly to stand upright, Wellington’s climate is unpredictable, yet always alluring.

The mean daily temperature during January/February is 20.3C (69F), and during July/August is 11C (52F).  The annual sunshine hours are 2060 and there is a mean annual rainfall of 1249mm. Summer is from December to February; autumn is March to May; winter is from June to August; and spring is from September to November. 




Wellington Convention Centre is so close to the shopping action you can pop out to local boutiques Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Artikel and the World Beauty Store during a conference break!  Whether you are exploring shops in the Old Bank Arcade – Ruby, Workshop and Richochet – or checking out the funky shops on Cuba Street and buying a one-off Carly Harris garment or delightful jewellery piece from Madame Fancy Pants, Wellington has shopping for all tastes.  And if all that shopping makes you hungry why not treat yourself to a beautifully presented, very scrummy cupcake from Tempt – conveniently located in the Old Bank Arcade – you deserve it!


Restaurant & Cafe Capital

New Zealand’s growing reputation for its award winning wines, fresh produce, superb cafes, restaurants and eateries has not been missed by innovative restaurateurs in Wellington.  With over 300 treasures located throughout the city, there’s somewhere to dine for everyone’s taste and pocket.  With the Wairarapa Wine region in our backyard, why not relax and enjoy a local award winning Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with your meal.  Dining options are endless – Logan Brown, Tinakori Bistro, Arbitrageur, Maria Pia’s, Boulcott Bistro, Crazy Horse Steakhouse, Chow, Osterio Del Toro, Caffe L’Affare, Deluxe, Fidel’s …………. in Wellington you really are spoilt for choice, where to eat will be hardest decision you have to make during your visit to the Capital.


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Taking in show, dining out or meeting up with friends in a bar, there’s entertainment to suit everyone in Wellington.  Local bar favourites such as Matterhorn (The 2008 NZ Bar of the Year Award), Scopa (don’t miss out on their hot chocolate), the kitsch Mighty Mighty, Leuven, Vivo, Duke Carvell’s, Hummingbird, Molly Malones, Tasting Room, Ponderosa, the Malthouse, Good Luck Bar, Jet, Red Square and the General Practitioner are but a few of the bars frequented by locals and visitors alike.  Take the time to search out some of the tucked away jewels such as Havana and Motel, their cocktails will not disappoint you, but make sure you know your way back to your hotel!  And if there’s time, make your way to Alice Bar for a `teapot’ cocktail with a difference.

During summer on those strikingly sunny days, the only place to be see is outside St John’s bar on a bean bag soaking up the sun …….. conveniently located across the road from the Wellington Convention Centre!

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