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What’s open in Wellington right now?

We clue you in on what's open and what's not in Wellington so you're ready for your next trip in.

Restrictions have eased immensely across New Zealand, and Wellington is no exception with many restaurants, experiences, attractions and shops back up and running.

We detail the ins and outs of what exactly is open and whether there are any rules or restrictions you need to keep in mind when visiting.

Note, the below is accurate as of 2 March 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What restrictions are in place for Wellington residents?

Currently, Wellington is on Alert Level 2. This means that there are very few restrictions in place for residents. As part of this, gathering limits and social distancing mandates as well as some health rules apply.

  • Physical distancing mandate. When out in public, you must keep your distance from anyone outside of your household. This is set at two metres in public spaces and one metre in controlled environments such as seated events, restaurants and offices.
  • Masks are required on transport. This includes on public transport and on flights. This does not apply if you’re under 12 or have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask. You can travel anywhere where the Alert Level is 2 or lower. At the moment this is everywhere except Auckland.
    Gatherings are limited to 100 people per defined space. This applies to all social gatherings, including events, weddings and funerals.
    If you’re feeling unwell, get tested. Despite low case numbers, getting tested for COVID-19 if you have any cold and flu symptoms is imperative to the wellbeing of all New Zealanders. While waiting for your results you must stay at home.
  • Download the NZ COVID Tracer app. All businesses and services are required to ask patrons to sign in using the app.
  • Practice good hygiene. This includes sanitising or washing your hands regularly and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

What’s open in Wellington?

Are attractions open in Wellington?

Yes. Both indoor and outdoor attractions are permitted to open in Wellington. At all attractions social distancing rules, gathering limits and mask rules must be followed.

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Are walking tracks, beaches and parks open in Wellington?

Yes. All tracks, beaches, parks and other open spaces are open in Wellington. This includes Wellington Botanic Gardens, Mount Victoria Park, Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Oriental Bay and Scorching Bay.

Before visiting, check the local websites in case trails, beaches or parks are closed for maintenance or due to hazards such as fallen trees.

When out you must keep two metres away from anyone outside of your household. Masks are also encouraged.

Are shopping centres, supermarkets and grocery stores open?

Yes. All shops, grocery stores and supermarkets are permitted to reopen.

When you enter, you’ll likely be required to sign in to the NZ COVID Tracer app and when inside you must keep two metres away from others. It’s encouraged that you wear a mask, particularly if physical distancing is difficult.

Are hotels open in Wellington?

Hotels throughout Wellington are allowed to reopen for leisure travellers and many are back up and running.

There are no limits on who can book a room though there is a gathering limit of 100 people per defined space. This may affect how you dine in the restaurant and use its facilities.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions in Wellington?

As gathering limits are set at 100 people, you may have to pre-book at popular venues or on popular dates.

Check the venue’s or attraction’s website before you leave home to make sure you’re not caught out and left waiting in a queue when you arrive.

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Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Wellington?

All dining venues, including restaurants, cafes and bars, are allowed to open in Wellington to a maximum of 100 patrons per defined space. All tables will be spaced one metre apart and you may have to wear a mask when you enter, though not when you’re eating.

All visitors are required to sign in to the NZ COVID Tracer App for tracing purposes.

What’s closed in Wellington?

With Wellington on Alert Level 2, almost everything is permitted to reopen. This includes indoor and outdoor events, limited to 100 people per space.

This doesn’t mean that everything is open or up-and-running. Some venues and events have chosen to remain closed or postpone their festivities due to COVID-19 concerns.

For example Todrick Hall who was meant to play at the Opera House in January 2021 has moved his gig to December 2021 and the Jon Stevens Noiseworks + INXS Collection at Wellington’s San Fran on 4 March 2021 has been postponed and is awaiting a new date.

If you have an event or festival you’d like to attend, double check before you head out to avoid disappointment in case it too has been cancelled or postponed.

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