Summer City

The Summer City festival is ready to hit Wellington with a flavoursome line up for its 37th year. #becurious

Icecream graphic with musicians.

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.

Summer City highlights



Summer Our Wellington – Tō Tātou Pōneke (8.2MB PDF)

Summer Our Wellington

Check out the full run down of events and activities on in Wellington this summer.

Stage in the background with a band bathed in pink and a yellow flag sign in the foreground with the words The Place of the Possible on it.

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 and a variety of musicians from different genres perform each night to a large audience of 500−2500 people. As the sun goes down, the gardens are transformed with lighting installations created by MJF Lighting and Massey University School of Design.

Download the Meridian Gardens Magic timetable to help plan your summer.

Kids receiving balloon animals.

Meridian Kids Magic

Saturday 23 January 2016, 11am - 2pm (rain day Sunday 24 January)

Meridian Kids Magic is a fantastical kids’ day out with activities, music, competitions, face painting and all kinds of sing-along, dance-along, play-along fun.