Summer on the waterfront

Wellington's waterfront offers a mix of outdoor movies, live music and fun during the summer season.

Three children play in a brightly coloured sculpture.

Queens Wharf Summer Programme

Brought to you in partnership between Wellington City Council, the Performance Arcade and the Queens Wharf’s community. 

Free family fun from 4pm to 8pm, every Saturday from 25 January to 29 February

Bring a picnic, try out any number of special discounted dinners at the local restaurants/bars or grab a bite from one of the food trucks, and enjoy listening to a wide range of live music and take part in a whole range of activities under the sails and around the square.

4pm-8pm, Saturday 25 January – Programme launch

The programme launches with great music and relaxed summer vibes for the whole family. Live music tonight is brought to you by Dockside Restaurant and Bar, a proud supporter of the Queen’s Wharf Summer Programme. They’ll have their ever-popular lamb spit on the roast, with free lamb sandwiches on offer.

There'll be also a mix of activities for all ages:

  • PlayHQ at Capital E will be open late every Saturday in February from 4pm to 6pm
  • Wellington Museum is open late and is a great opportunity to explore our cities treasures and stories
  • Join the pilots on the Outer-T and get a chance to sit in the cockpit of our favourite Wellington helicopters
  • Summer special rates available for families to try out and enjoy electric bikes at Switched on Bikes
  • Summer specials available for families to give water and wheels a go at Fergs Kayaks

Bring a picnic, grab a bite from the food trucks or have a sit down with a drink from our great hospitality partners:

Taranaki Street Wharf Summer Programme

Brought to you by Wellington Waterfront and Taranaki Street Wharf’s community.

Fun for all ages throughout December, January and February

Bring a picnic, dine out at anyone of our fabulous restaurants and bars, or grab a bite from one of the food trucks. Enjoy listening to a wide range of live music, dance, watch free movies and pick up some treats from our pop-up market. The choice is yours.

Highlights include:

  • Waterfront Pop-up Village, showcasing local artists, designers and small businesses in colourful shipping containers
  • Salsa @ Sunset, from 5.30pm to 8pm, every Thursday from 6 to 27 February at Odlins Plaza.
  • Karaka Kai, Karaka Wai (Food & Song) every Friday night from 25 January at Karaka Cafe
  • Walking & waka tours summer specials at Te Wharewaka o Poneke (open daily)
  • A Wellington Bohemian Rhapsody, Tuesday 4 February from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Queen is coming to town and to celebrate, Wellington is putting on a very special one-night-only free celebration for all Queen fans. Grab your picnic blanket and cushion and head to Odlins Plaza for a celebration of all things Queen. Orchestra Wellington will perform some of the Queen’s great hits, followed by a public screening of 2018’s hit film, Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Waitangi Day at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Thursday 6 February from 10am until late. Arrive early to watch the traditional waka salute, followed by activities and entertainment.