News | 4 June 2021
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Friday Five: Things to do this Queen's Birthday Weekend

Wondering what to do this Queen’s Birthday weekend other than sofa snuggling? Here's a list of five fun things you and the whānau can do in Pōneke.

Photo of ring tailed lemur with mouth open wide as if in shock.

1. Meet the new lemurs on the block 

This Queen's Birthday weekend the Queens of the Jungle, the new ring-tailed lemurs will be in their new habitat at Wellington Zoo. To celebrate, they have fun lemur-themed activities, every day this long weekend. 

There will be special lemur talks at 11.30am and 2.30pm and lemur activities from 2pm-2.30pm from Saturday through to Sunday. 

2. Wellycon is coming to town  

New Zealand's largest and friendliest board gaming event is coming to the Indian Association Hall in Kilbirnie this Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 June.

With a board game library of over 1100 games, hundreds of board gamers to meet, fun for all ages, and chances to win – there’s something for everyone.

Tickets available from

Photo of a hall full of tables with people playing board games on them.

3. Kia Mau Festival 

The Kia Mau festival kicks off this Friday 4 June with an incredible programme of contemporary Indigenous live performances and experiences at theatres around Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui (Wellington). 

Find out more on the Kia Mau website. 

4. Get hands-on at HandMade

From macrame to bookbinding to infusing your own gin, the annual HandMade festival invites you to get creative and hands-on this Queen's Birthday Weekend. 

With nearly 50 workshops in a jam-packed programme, it's a great opportunity to learn new skills with some of Wellington’s most influential creative minds.

Get in quick and book your tickets now! 

5. Take home a work of art 

The NZ Art Show is back in Wellington this weekend for its 18th year! Be inspired by bold and beautiful art from more than 150 artists across Aotearoa, and then take your favourites home.

All art is available to buy for under $5,000, with the average price $650, or you can simply explore and enjoy. Book your tickets now on the NZ Art Show website or at the door.

Room full of black display walls with art hanging on them and people looking at the artwork.

Jervois Quay storm water repair

When travelling around the CBD this weekend please be aware that Jervois Quay will be closed so multiple crews from Wellington Water can work to replace the damaged stormwater pipe beneath the road.  

All six lanes will be closed from Thursday 3 June after peak evening traffic and reopen early on Tuesday 8 June, before morning peak traffic. Wellington Water is encouraging drivers to avoid the area and use alternative travel options where possible.  

For those attending the NZ Art Show and other waterfront events, parking is available under the TSB Arena which will be accessible via Lady Elizabeth Lane, opposite Whitmore Street. 

For more information about the closure, visit the Wellington Water website. 

Watch out each Friday for a fun list of five great activities to do, places to explore, or things to discover in our awesome city.