Wellington has a lively theatre scene and is the home of large national companies such as the Royal NZ Ballet and the NZ Symphony Orchestra. Most shows can be booked via Ticketek (www.ticketek.co.nz), Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.nz) and TicketDirect (www.ticketdirect.co.nz). Discounted same-day tickets for productions are sometimes available at the i-SITE.


Movie times are listed in the daily Dominion Post and at www.flicks.co.nz. There are some excellent indie cinemas here, plus the usual mainstream megaplexes.

Welcome to Wellywood

In recent years Wellington has stamped its name firmly on the world map as the home of New Zealand’s dynamic film industry, earning itself the nickname ‘Wellywood’. Acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson still calls Wellington home; the success of his The Lord of the Rings films and subsequent productions such as King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin and The Hobbit have made him a powerful Hollywood player, and have bolstered Wellington’s reputation.

Canadian director James Cameron is also in on the action; shooting has commenced for his four Avatar sequels, the first of which is due for a 2020 release. Cameron and his family are NZ residents, with landholding in rural Wairarapa. They have that in common with Jackson, who also has a property there.

Movie buffs can experience some local movie magic by visiting the Weta Cave or one of many film locations around the region – a speciality of local guided-tour companies.