Guide to Wellington’s Hidden Art Galleries

Sign for Enjoy gallery.
The perfect accompaniment to any decent “you can’t beat Wellington on a good day” day, hit the cobbled streets and take a look around some of these incredible art spaces around the CBD

Bats Theatre

The front of the building.
Place Wellington

Needing no introduction, BATS Theatre is one of Wellington’s cultural institutions.

City Gallery

Exterior of Wellington City Gallery
Place Wellington

The hub for art-life in New Zealand’s capital, City Gallery Wellington is a contemporary art gallery with a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events.

Empire Cinema & Eatery

Serving tables in aprons.
Place Wellington

Empire is fitting for a cinema that pre-dated ‘talkies’ when it played its first reel in 1925, but as far as movie theatres go, this one is more for those who’d pick pinot over popcorn.

Enjoy Contemporary Art Space

Lucy Meyle, Soft Spot, 2020.
Place Wellington

With a regularly rotating schedule of work on display in Enjoy's two separate exhibition spaces, you will always find something new and exciting to draw you in.

Food Court Books

The bright green building that is Food Court Books in Newtown's Wellington.
Place Wellington

A little bookshop that perfectly captures Newtown's identity.

Light House Cinema Cuba

Close up of a sign.
Place Wellington

Light House Cuba creates the ultimate film going experience and all you need to do is sit back and relax.

Old St Paul's

Place Wellington

While Old St Paul’s is no longer affiliated with the Anglican Church (or any church for that matter) it still makes a beautiful spot to come and reflect no matter if you’re atheist, agnostic or still deciding.

Suite Art Gallery

Close up of paintings.
Place Wellington

Priced between two and six figures, Suite caters for would-be buyers at each end of the spectrum.

Te Papa

The interior of the museum.
Place Wellington

Te Papa is one of New Zealand’s most prized museums.

The White Room Gallery

Circular cushions piled on a shelf.
Place Wellington

This one-stop shop is the perfect destination for those looking for a gift or wanting to treat themselves to something nice.

Wellington Museum

The entrance.
Place Wellington

A place of mystery and unbelievable facts, you'll likely stumble across a time machine, the replica crown jewels and even an elephant's saddle.

Aotearoa's Top Emerging Artists

Three works by Ayesha Green.
Our guide to some of the best young and emerging artists currently out there doing their thing and representing NZ in their respective fields.