This Month in Wellington | See/Eat/Try/Do
Its time for my monthly round up. Not herding sheep, just telling you what I have been up to and loving in Wellington this month. August has been a busy one.. Since I last did the round up in July, I went skiing in Queenstown and met blogger Jane from Queenstown Life (check out my posts The Queenstown Must Dos ), I’ve eaten many burgers through Wellington on a Plate, (see my Interview with Capital Eats on WOAP) and I also went to Taranaki to film a video with lovely You Tuber, Jen Morris (see post Migrant Story #1)
The weather has been interesting again. Its been freezing and sunny some days and then warmer with relentless rain on other days. As usual, we don’t really know where we are with it. I don’t know about you but I am seriously ecstatic for spring/summer to start. I need to thaw out badly!
Anyway, through all of this, Wellington still came through with loads of ridiculously fun stuff to see/try/do! So, here are my highlights from this month:
I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of the Royal New Zealand Ballet production of Romeo& Juliet this month and it was fantastic. A quality traditional production of a classic ballet. Performed at the St James Theatre, it was the first production that I have seen there and it is really great space.
Unfortunately Romeo & Juliet only had a six night run before heading off on tour but you can catch it in other places around the country. Check out if Romeo and Juliet is on somewhere near you here: RNZB and read up on the programme at St James here: St James Events
Keeping it cultural, my next Wellington Fave this month was the amazing Sofar Sounds. You may not have heard of Sofar Sounds, but they are a global organisation who run intimate living room gigs in over 300 cities all over the world. I used to go in London quite often and loved it there so thought I would try it out in Wellington.
You can apply for tickets through their website: and about 5 days before the event they will email you to let you know if you have been selected to attend. Then the day before, you find out where the event will be. This is usually in some unique little space, often somebodies living room. Its BYO beers and BYO floor cushion. These events are small and humble, but such a nice way to hear some new music. You will often get big names swinging by to play, as they are very popular gigs for big musicians because of the intimacy.
Anyway, if you are into music or just want to do something a bit different, I highly recommend checking them out. You can sign up to attend the next event by following this link: Sofar Sounds
3. Looking Good: Food Styling and Photography @Zibibbo with Wellington on a Plate
Wellington on a Plate has been so fun this year. I feel like the anti was really upped from last year and there was sooo much to be involved in. The burgers have been amazing and I wish it was happening for longer as there was loads more I would have tried. But, one thing I did get to do, was a food photography and styling workshop run at Zibibbo.
There were 3 sections to this day; firstly, some tips and advice about blogging from the lovely and talented Lucy Revill of The Residents blog.
This was followed by a food styling session from Zibibbo’s chef in which we were given the inside tips about how they make the plates look so pretty; a lot of cress type leaves are involved as well as some skillful work with a palate knife!
Lastly we had a photography lesson from Lucy Much of Wellington Foodies, and she taught us so much about how to take beautiful photographs of food. This was amazing and I am feeling quite optimistic about improving the food photos here on the blog.
I am considering writing a full blog post sharing everything that I learnt at the workshop, so watch this space. You can also check out my interview with Capital Eats about Wellington on a Plate and Wellington’s obsession with food: HERE)
4. South Taranaki
This month I went north to visit new friend Jen in South Taranaki (check out my interview with her here) and I have to say, this area deserves a shout out. There is very little tourism, and honestly very few people around which makes it such a lovely place to go and get away from it all. Being only a 3 hour drive from Wellington, it is a really easy one to do for a weekend.
We actually didn’t do a whole lot apart from chilling, op shopping and a few little walks, but it was a really nice break. There are amazing beaches, lots of green rolling fields and you can visit the magestic Mount Egmont for a wander around the volcano. This is an un-hyped but lovely area.
I would also recomment booking to stay in Jen’s lovely Air BnB guest house. It is fully self contained and beautifully decorated, check it out HERE. (You can also save $50 on your first Air BnB Booking, by using this LINK)
I have been looking for an NZ based girlie podcast that I can just have on in the background for ages. I still listen to my fave BBC Woman’s Hour most days, but was looking for something from NZ and I am so happy to have found On the Rag.
Its comes out once a month, but there is an archive you can tap into. If you like to hear topics talked about from a woman’s perspective such as Why is everyone obsessed with Jacinda’s womb? or Why no parade for the women’s rugby team? then this is the podcast for you. The three presenters Alex Casey, Michele A’Court and Leonie Hayden don’t hold back. I love it: Check it out on Podcasts, or HERE.
6. Hara The Label Bamboo Ethical Underwear
I bought some of this beautiful bamboo underwear by HARA this month and I really want to talk about it. It is actually a Melbourne based company (Not NZ, I’m sorry) but it just ticks all the boxes for me.They are a lingerie label with a focus on producing simple, beautiful and eco pants and bras and its all made from bamboo and died naturally.
The pieces are made in Bali under the fair living wage and the process is environmentally sustainable. But it wasn’t even these amazing ethical qualities that grabbed my attention first, they are also really cool and the aesthetic is so earthy and pretty.
They are also uuuber comfy. The high wasted knickers are super soft and the bra is non underwired and simple but a lil bit sexy. You can check out their insta account for more of what they are about: HARA the Label
If anyone knows any more companies with a great ethos like this, here in NZ, I would love to know more…please let me know.
7. The British Corner Shop
These guys got in touch a while ago as they saw I was living in Wellington. They send UK goodies out to people living abroad and missing home comforts. I’m not the kind of person who pines after custard creams and Branston pickle, preferring to love local and homemade but I do sometimes miss the selection of things you can get back in the UK. I was, in the end, surprisingly delighted to be reunited with Pukka and Clipper teas and some Naked bars, as I forgot I even missed them!
I was also pretty happy to see custard creams again (guilty!)
Now I am all about finding things you love locally, but if you really are missing your British treats, you can have a look at what they can send you at British Corner Shop. And you can use the code CUSTARDCREAMS for 15% off.
So there you have it, my monthly round up for August. Hope you have had a great month too! I’m really looking forward to September, lots of fun things coming up including a trip to Taupo and my week in Fiji! So exciting. What do you have planned that you are excited about? Please get in touch I would love to hear from you.
If you are interested in more posts from August, you might like to check out the following:
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