Gold Coin Entry to Top Attractions

21 May 2013

Be a visitor in your own city this Sunday (26 May) for Wellington Open Day.

Zealandia visitors watching a Takahe.

Zealandia is one of the Wellington Open Day attractions. Photo: Shaun Matthews


Many of the Capital’s well-known attractions are opening their doors for residents and charity - all for a gold coin donation.

The open day is organised by Positively Wellington Tourism to keep us in the know about what’s on in the city and where - and to thank Wellingtonians for being great hosts when visitors arrive.

This year 21 attractions and tours are featured, including Weta Cave’s newly-launched Window into Workshop tour; entry into Zealandia, the Zoo and Carter Observatory; and rides on the Cable Car.

If you fancy something a little different, you can climb up into the lighting grid at Downstage; learn how to make cocktails at The Library bar; have a go at percussion, art and ballroom dancing at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre; or go behind-the-scenes in Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s office and the Council Chambers in the Town Hall.

Now in its third year, Wellington Open Day is proving to be a wildly successful initiative, with thousands of Wellingtonians turning up and tours selling out. In 2012, over $18,000 was raised for charity.

Attractions are open 10am - 5pm. Note that most of the tours and special activities will be first-in, first-served on the day, and some have to be pre-booked directly with the operators.

For details of what’s on offer, and whether you need to book, visit: