Summer City

Like fish and chips by the beach, the Summer City festival is ready to hit Wellington with a flavoursome line up for its 37th year.

Gardens Magic show at the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell.

Kicking off at New Year, this festival lasts around 3 months. It features more than 90 events, including the famous Gardens Magic, and the increasingly popular Pasifika Festival and Chinese New Year.

You can dive deep into community vibes with local influences at the Newtown Festival, and reflect on what makes New Zealand so unique with Te Rā o Waitangi.

There will be heaps more events and performances, so check out the full programme when it’s available in December 2015.

Summer City highlights

Meridian Gardens Magic

Tuesday 5 January - Sunday 24 January 2016 (postponement days on Mondays)

Gardens Magic showcases Wellington bands and performers, bringing local legends and rising stars to the Wellington Botanic Garden Soundshell. The concerts are free for the audience to attend.

As the sun goes down, the gardens are transformed with lighting installations. A variety of musicians from different genres perform each night to a large audience of 500−2500 people.

Videos of some of last year's Summer City events


Wellington City Council funds Summer City, along with help from sponsors.