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Five things to do in the city this weekend!

Escape Mate

12 Johnston Street | Aviation House, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Saturday 26th October 2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sunday 27th October 2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

  • $40 / player, 5-16 players use code WELLINGTONESCAPE for $5 off per person when booking.  Book here

Escape Mate is an adventurous, indoor puzzle-solving group activity in a themed, movie-like environment! Embark on a mission, interact with high-tech, mechanical puzzles and props to solve mysteries in two immersive games. Think outside the box, operate magical gadgets and untangle intricate storylines with your wits. Your team will only get one hour to save the world from an Alien invasion or from the rage of the Death Gods!

Riot! A Queer Cabaret

The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, Wellington

Friday 25 October 2019 8:00pm – 11:00pm

  • General Admission: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees)
  • Concession: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)

Bringing together some of Wellington’s gayest cabaret ghouls, Riot is a variety show that spreads itself across the spectrum of sex and gender.

This Halloween we’re here to celebrate the spooky, the sinister, and the deviant! Media and society have been telling queer people that we’re monsters for generations, we’re just here to make it fashion.

Eight acts, a veritable cavalcade of babes, and every act a fresh flavour of strange. Check under the bed, unlock the closet, and a get ready for a Halloween Riot!

The NZ Pun Battle National Final!

The Grand, 69 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Saturday 26 October 2019 8:00pm – 10:00pm

  • Early Bird: $17.40 ($16.00 + $1.40 fees)
  • General Admission: $25.05 ($22.00 + $3.05 fees)
  • Last Chance Tickets: $28.11 ($24.50 + $3.61 fees)
  • Bar Stool : $28.11 ($24.50 + $3.61 fees)
  • VIP : $35.80 ($32.00 + $3.80 fees)
  • Standing Room: $12.30 ($12.00 + $0.30 fees)

Get ready to groan!

After two years of sold-out and truly cringe-worthy shows all over the country, the time has come for the first-ever National Pun Battle Final! Witness history this October as NZ’s regional pun champions go head-to-head in a one-night-only wit-erary show-down.

Wits have been sharpunned, wea-puns will be wielded, funny bones may well be broken. Get your tickets now to see Aotearoa’s smartest alecks, wordiest nerds and biggest pun-ks, punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in this intense and hilarious pun-off. With over $1000 cash prize money on the line, you could say that the stakes are pun-ishing.

Expect utter pundemonium as we decide once and for all if the pun is mightier than the sword. Because, as we all know, a good pun is its own re-word.

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday October 26th, 8pm at The Grand.
(Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm.)

Hosted and refereed by the over-enthusiastic gender-mess Hugo Grrrl and starring eight of New Zealand’s most cunning linguists!
Brandon Wyatt
Emma Wollum
Jeff Clark
Jeremy Warne
Joseph Corbett
Peter Baillie
Susan Williams
Timothy Keats

Please note! Seating is not allocated so make sure to arrive early to nab a good vantage point. Doors open one hour before showtime, latecomers may not be admitted, and door sales are cash only.

Zealandia By Night Tour

ZEALANDIA Eco-Sanctuary, Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Sat 26 Oct 2019, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Sun 27 Oct 2019, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Mon 28 Oct 2019, 7:30pm–10:00pm

  • Zealandia By Night Tour – Adult ticket (age 18+):$85.00
  • Zealandia By Night Tour – Child ticket (age 12-17 years): $40.00

Explore the sanctuary by torchlight as your guide leads you in search of some of the more distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest.

Experience many of the rare and endangered species and see those which only come out at night. See unique species such as wētā, glow worms, and tuatara. Your group may see some of the 130 little spotted kiwi who call Zealandia home – sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (circa 80%), but are not guaranteed.

Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history and the significance of the unique species within Māori culture.

The tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa tea in the Visitors Centre.

What you might see: Glow-Worms, Ruru/Morepork, Pāteke, Longfin Eel, Little Spotted Kiwi, Maud Island Frog, Tuatara, Wētā, Kākā, Takahē

Bookings are essential!

In Conversation: The Art of Prosthetics with Simon Rose

Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Friday 25 October 2019 7:30pm – 8:30pm

In 1994 Simon Rose began his career at the prestigious Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Subsequently, Simon has worked on many films including The Hobbit, Elysium, Star Wars, Ghost in the Shell, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for Sons of Liberty.

If you are curious about the special effects makeup industry and hearing an insider’s story on the artform of prosthetics join Simon Rose and hear about his life in international film production.

Entry by Koha. Limited spaces available.