Experience WOW®

Leaving Christchurch on a crisp Spring morning, this sensational scenic journey will take you to Wellington, where you'll enjoy a Premium seat at the World of WearableArt® Awards Show

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From $737* per person

*one way travel based on 2 nights' accommodation at Oaks Hotel, share twin, including a Premium seat for the 2021 World of WearableArt® Awards Show (show date, accommodation and return travel options available below)

Recline in your seat and enjoy front-row views of the Greatest Stages on Earth as we take you on a journey like no other.

Leaving Christchurch behind in the morning mist, your journey begins aboard our Coastal Pacific train, dancing across the great plains of Canterbury and tiptoeing around the rugged shores of the Pacific Ocean. Breathe in as we squeeze beneath the towering mountains of Kaikōura. Toast the good life, as we roam through the blissful vineyards of Blenheim. Stand on deck aboard our Interislander and admire the hills of Marlborough as we sail through the Sounds and over the mighty waters of Cook Strait. Step ashore in our sparkling capital city of Wellington, and enter the magical World of WearableArt®.

This is a journey beyond your imagination, where you'll be thrilled by natural beauty and magical theatre in equal measure. Travelling from Christchurch to Wellington on our Coastal Pacific and Interislander services, with a four-star hotel (other options available), and Premium seats for the World of WearableArt® Awards Show, this package offers all the elements of a premium experience.


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World of WearableArt® Awards Show 2021

The World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards Show is New Zealand’s single largest theatrical production.

Uniquely inspiring and creative, the critically acclaimed World of WearableArt® Awards Show fuses together world-class dance and theatrical performance, stirring music that takes you through a magical soundscape, visual projections and larger than life backdrops. Described by Coveteur as 'part Cirque du Soleil, part Broadway play, and part avant-garde couture show', you will be captivated the moment you step through the door.

This year, expect to journey through a world inspired by the Elizabethan Era, find yourself mesmerised as the stage explodes in a visual symphony of colour in the Monochromatic world, and be amazed as we see the human body used as an architectural canvas in the Architecture Section.

You’ll venture beyond your wildest imagination and discover the unorthodox, radical and experimental world of Avant-garde, the boundaryless Open section and the world of Aotearoa that celebrates who we are as people and what makes us proud to be New Zealanders. This year, escape to another world and lose yourself in the breathtaking creativity of the 2021 WOW Show.

So, book your World of WearableArt Awards Show package with us now, and lose yourself in the unmissable 2021 Show.


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Coastal Pacific entering Picton
The Coastal Pacific meandering along the coast


Coastal Pacific

Departing Christchurch Railway Station, your journey to Wellington begins in the backyards of the Garden City, as you travel through Christchurch suburbs and across the northern edge of the Canterbury Plains.  

Drifting through rural townships and remote farmsteads of north Canterbury, the journey meets the sea in spectacular style, bobbing in and out of tunnels and cruising along the cliffs.

Soaring over the Okarahia Viaduct with the Pacific Ocean lapping 21m below, you'll soon be plunging into the darkness of the 975m long Amuri Tunnel. When you emerge, you'll be swinging around wild bays, sweeping across isolated beaches, and squeezing between waves and white cliffs, where the weathered rails are the only sign of humankind.  

Upon entering the Kaikoura Plains, the Seaward Kaikoura mountains will dominate the western skyline, but as they cascade into the sea north of Kaikōura, the Coastal Pacific once again squeezes along the rocky Pacific shoreline. Be sure to look out for seals lounging on boulders at Ohau as you pass through this area dramatically affected by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

Heading inland past the colourful salt works at Lake Grassmere, you'll soon be surrounded by the vineyards of the Awatere Valley. On your descent into Blenheim, the sea will once again be visible. This time it will be the Cook Strait stretching away to the east, and on a clear day, you will be able to see your final destination, Wellington.   


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Leaving the Tory Channel aboard the Interislander ferry



After a short break in the picturesque seaside town of Picton, it will be time to step aboard our Interislander ferry and take your seat in our Plus Lounge, where you'll be served complimentary food and drink while you cruise to Wellington. Internationally recognised as one of the most beautiful ferries journeys in the world, the meandering route that heads north, east, south and west, produces a wild mixture of New Zealand's celebrated scenery. 

Considered by many as a highlight of New Zealand, the Interislander journey begins by sailing up the broad Queen Charlotte Sound and into the famously fjordlike Tory Channel. With no roads and barely a handful of homes dotting the shoreline, there are few places that feel further from civilisation than this.

Squeezing through the narrow Tory Channel entrance and onto the Cook Strait, your journey continues by crossing the meeting point of two seas - the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. With the South Island disappearing behind you, this rugged and exposed stretch of water brings the sensation of sailing on the open sea, even though you are surrounded by land. Looking west, you'll see the serene expanse of Cloudy Bay and the Wairau Valley with the Kaikoura Mountains rising imperiously above. Looking east, you'll see the untamed coastline of Terawhiti, as rough and wild as it was when the first intrepid explorers arrived.

Two lighthouses on Pencarrow Head will then guide you into Wellington Harbour. As you curve around the Miramar Peninsula, the city skyline will slowly reveal itself. Soon it will be time to step ashore in our sparkling capital city of Wellington, where your journey will continue at the World of WearableArt Awards Show.


Simply packaged...

We have created four prepackaged Premium World of WearableArt Awards Show bundles.

Each bundle is for two people and includes Premium seats for the World of WearableArts Awards Show, one WOW Souvenir Programme. a choice of hotels, a oneway Coastal Pacific Christchurch to Picton fare, and one way  Interislander Picton to Wellington fare. Return options are available at an additional cost including an Air New Zealand flight from Wellington to Christchurch or Interislander/Coastal Pacific train (can also be done in reverse order).

02-04 October 2021
2 nights (additional nights can be added) Coastal Pacific from Christchurch, Interislander from Picton, flight return 
07-09 October 2021
2 nights (additional nights can be added) Flight from Christchurch, Return Interislander from Wellington, Coastal Pacific from Picton
13-16 October 2021 3 nights (additional nights can be added) Flight from Christchurch, Return Interislander from Wellington, Coastal Pacific from Picton
16-18 October 2021 2 nights (additional nights can be added) Oaks Hotel now Sold out. Coastal Pacific from Christchurch, Interislander from Picton, flight return (can be done in the reverse order)


Upgrade to the Stageside Experience*

* additional charges apply

Garment credit: Gemini the Twins, Dawn Mostow & Ben Gould, United States

Available only for the performances on Sunday 3 and 17 October 2021.

The perfect way to treat yourself to an extraordinary WOW experience in 2021!

To make your 2021 WOW Awards Show experience even more extraordinary why not indulge in the new Stageside Experience? The Stageside Experience offers exclusive table seating for you and your friends right up close to the action of the Show. Your experience includes:

  • Meet and greet by a member of the Front of House team
  • Early entry to the venue so you can avoid the crowds
  • Intimate stageside seating for up to 10 people at one table
  • The opportunity to select your specific seats at the table
  • A glass of bubbles on arrival
  • A pre-Show tasting platter created by renowned caterer Sarah Searancke
  • A 2021 WOW Souvenir Programme


Your Premium seats for the Show will be located in Block 8 tiered/upstairs as indicated below.

The Stageside Experience seats are located at tables 10 and 11 as indicated below.


Design your own experience...

We want your experience to fit you perfectly, so why not contact us to customise your package. 

Make it suit you by adding hotels, activities, extra nights and flights, before or after experiencing the World of WearableArt Awards Show. 

Tailor it by staying two, three, four, or more, nights in our stunning capital city, Wellington. 

Go behind the scenes by booking additional activities, such as a Weta Workshop Tour and Parliament Tour.  

See the options below and then either call us or use the online booking system to make an enquiry. 


Choose your heavenly stay

Choose one of these incredible Wellington hotels as part of your Premium WOW Experience:


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QT Wellington

5-Star | Nothing screams "Wow" quite like this famously extravagant hotel situated at the heart of Wellington's shopping district
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Rydges Wellington

4.5-Star | Relax in style at Wellington's biggest hotel with its stunning Portlander Bar & Grill
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Oaks Wellington Hotel

4-Star | Providing modern accommodation in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct.
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Discover the theatre of Wellington

Make more of you time in Wellington by adding some of these amazing experiences to your stay:


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Weta Workshops Tour

Charges Apply | Discover the surreal world of Weta Workshops where the impossible comes to life!
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Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary

Charges Apply: Meet Wellington's natural wild side with a guided tour of Zealandia
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Te Papa Museum

FREE: Discover New Zealand's nature, history, culture, politics, art and geology all in one incredible museum
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Somes Matiu Island

Charges Apply: Ride across the harbour for an afternoon exploring this enigmatic uninhabited Island
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Explore Wellington's highlights and hotspots...

Don't forget to explore these favourite hotspots and famous sights whilst in Wellington:


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Parliament Tour

FREE | No visit to the capital is complete without a visit to Wellington's iconic "Beehive"
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Somes Matiu Island

Charges Apply: Ride across the harbour for an afternoon exploring this enigmatic uninhabited Island
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Te Papa Museum

FREE: Discover New Zealand's nature, history, culture, politics, art and geology all in one incredible museum
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Add a Christchurch hotel before or after

Want to explore Christchurch before or after your journey to World of WearableArt Awards Show experience? Simply add one of the fantastic Christchurch hotels:


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Breakfree on Cashel

3-Star | Modern, bright and chic, the Breakfree hotel is a vibrant hub located in the beating heart of a rejuvenated Christchurch
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Rydges Latimer Christchurch

4.5-Star | Enjoy a luxurious stay in central Christchurch overlooking scenic Latimer Square just a few minutes' stroll from the central city
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What's included:

  • Coastal Pacific train from Christchurch to Picton
  • TWO nights' accommodation 
  • breakfast each morning



All enquiries

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Overseas:  +64 4495 0775

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Bookings & Enquiries

Book now over the phone, ask a question, or use our online form to request availability and pricing
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Any questions?

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Package | Discover West Coast (2 nights)

Departing Christchurch, let us take you on a journey to New Zealand's wild West Coast, where you'll discover an untamed world
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Package | Whale Watch Kaikoura

Choose our Whale Watch Kaikoura package from Christchurch to experience one of New Zealand's most phenomenal adventures and the world's largest seabirds.
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Package | Lochmara Marlborough

Departing Wellington aboard Interislander, you'll travel through the magical Marlborough Sounds to Picton, before heading on to Lochmara Lodge for 3 days of blissful relaxation
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