Summer City

Summer City kicks off at New Year in Wellington every year and lasts for about 3 months.

Gardens Magic show at the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell.

Summer City returns for its 36th year with more than 90 events that showcase the talents of over 200 performers.

Get ready to party with a line up that features everything from Meridian Gardens Magic and Chinese New Year to Pasifika, Te Rā o Waitangi, and the Newtown Festival.

Meridian Gardens Magic concert series

Tuesday 6 January - Sunday 25 January (postponement days on Mondays)

Meridian Gardens Magic brings local legends and rising stars to the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell. This popular series ofconcerts is free to attend, thanks to the support of our new Gardens Magic sponsor Meridian.

As the sun goes down, the gardens are transformed with lighting installations by MJF Lighting and Massey University School of Design.

Check out the Meridian Gardens Magic line-up and the full Summer City programme:

Events - Summer City 2015

Gardens Magic features and showcases Wellington bands and performers at the Soundshell, Wellington Botanic Garden. A variety of musicians and genres perform each night to a large audience of 500−2,500 people. The concerts are free to attend.

Summer City 2014 highlights

Highlights from the Summer City 2014/15 programme included:

  • New Year's Eve at Frank Kitts Lagoon
  • Meridian Gardens Magic
  • Meridian Kids Magic
  • Wellington Pasifika Festival
  • Te Rā o Waitangi – A Celebration of Waitangi Day.festivals.


Wellington City Council funds Summer City, along with help from sponsors. The New Zealand Community Trust was a major funding partner of the 2013/14 festival.