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Heritage Week launches its new programme – over 30 events


News from Wellington Heritage Week
The festival program for Wellington Heritage Week 2019 launches today, featuring over 30 events across the region between 28 October to 3 November.

The festival includes exclusive tours of historic and cultural sites such as Wellington City Archives, Zealandia, St Gerard’s Monastery, and Circa Theatre, and expert-guided walking tours exploring archaeology, Thorndon, modern architecture, and Wellington’s likely first saint Suzanne Aubert.

La Résidence de France, the house of France and home of French Ambassadors, is offering limited tours of the 19th century Thorndon house with insights into the diplomatic role the house and ambassador have connecting France to New Zealand.

Eight events are happening across Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, and Kapiti Coast. On Labour Day, a bike tour with an archaeological twist along the Pencarrow Coast is available, and the Wallaceville Blockhouse in Upper Hutt is being opened by Heritage New Zealand.

The festival is in its third year and has grown through support from local councils, community groups, and museums. Festival Director David Batchelor says “wider Wellington has countless stories and sharing them adds to the identity, vibrancy, and economy of the region. The unique events offered this year gives residents and visitors a chance to experience what makes Wellington home.”

Visit https://wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz/ for the full festival program. Some events require bookings; check the event listings on the website.