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WOW Wellington - "Up Close" Wearable Arts Exhibition

Great news!

WOW have announced a very special behind-the-scenes exhibition, showcasing WOW from its early days. The exhibition runs from 29th August to 9th October.

Alas, WOW 2020 had to be cancelled due to Covid but this exhibition will bring all things WOW to life this year in a unique way.

This is your chance to see WOW through the years from its beginnings in 1987 - with me, Sally, a long-time WOW wearable arts enthusiast, designer and multi-finalist. I'll take you right behind the scenes!

I've had eight garments in the show since 2011 and I've put together this very special 3-night trip to Wellington to take in this WOW exhibition, and so much more. 

Find out what it's like to be a WOW designer, what the judges look for, and everything that's involved. From conception to creation to packaging; from acceptance elation or the "sorry" despondency; from Awards Night euphoria to Designer Day excitement. I'll share my journey with you.

If you've ever wanted to ...

- enter the show and know what's involved ...
- see the show and find out what happens behind the scenes ...
- go to the show but haven't made it yet ...

I will give you lots of insight and info! And we'll discover the glories of Wellington too!

I've spent a decade learning and enjoying the whole WOW journey and am keen to share it with you in a fully personal and insightful way.

ITINERARY - WOW Wellington

DAY 1: To The Capital (L, D)
We'll fly to Wellington, enjoy a nice lunch, visit the Art Gallery.  Evening: Welcome Drink and Dinner

DAY 2: Te Papa Galore (L, D)
A behind-the-scenes inside-out experience of Te Papa today, including the limited edition WOW "Up Close" exhibition and Gallipoli. Time to relax before Dinner and then we'll be wow'd again by the Van Gogh Alive at Night exhibition.

DAY 3: Shopping, Scenery & The Beehive (B, L, D)
We'll enjoy brunch on Cuba Street and a bit of shopping. Ride the iconic Cable Car, get a taste of Zealandia and the Botanical Gardens, before a guided tour of Parliament. We'll end this fabulous day with dinner at Bellamys by Logan Brown.

DAY 4: Aviation & Film (B)
We'll enjoy Brunch at an iconic eatery near the airport, then experience The Weta Cafe before departing back to Auckland.


  • $1,710 pp – SINGLE occupancy basis, including all activities, and outings as specified (incl. 3 lunches, 3 dinners and 2 brunches).
  • Reduced price for couples or if you bring a friend/partner (twin/double share).
  • Tour is 3 nights/4 days - during the week, from Auckland.
  • Dates and final details will be confirmed directly with the group, to suit every member - ensuring flexibility that works for all. Because it's such a small group, we can do it this way to ensure this trip is truly tailor-made to suit.
  • Places are strictly limited and subject to availability. 
  • Secure your spot with a deposit of $500 - non-refundable and subject to availability.


  • Accommodation - priced on Single basis. Couples/friends sharing get a reduced rate!
  • Ultra-Small group tour – minimum 4, maximum 8 - plus your Personal Travel Companion (PTC).
  • A mix of exploring and relaxing. All transport included.
  • Brunches/ Lunches/Dinners at local cafes and restaurants, as specified.
  • This is a stay-put trip, unpack once.
  • Everything is close by.
  • Final date of travel to be determined by the group.
  • Be prepared for a totally unique behind-the-scenes surprise or two along the way!
  • Some activities may be subject to change if necessary.


  • Transport to/from Auckland, and to/from all activities and tours.
  • Accommodation – based on Single occupancy (reduced rate for double/twin share basis).
  • Special Welcome drink and dinner; Farewell drink and dinner.
  • Quality Meals and drinks as specified (others at own cost).
  • Activities, as specified, including a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the WOW "Up Close" Exhibition.
  • Personal companion/escort/guide/entertainment director - be prepared for lots of laughs and fun!


  • Domestic travel to/from Auckland for those living outside of Auckland. (If you are based in Wellington or elsewhere, you are welcome to join the trip!)
  • Personal expenses.
  • Meals out/drinks not specified as included (breakfasts, 2 lunches).

This itinerary has been designed with gentleness in mind.
Guests do not require high fitness or mobility.
If you have minor travel or health issues, that is okay. 

Note: The downhill walk from Botanical Gardens to Parliament is gentle. If assistance is required, we can accommodate this.

Wheelchair/scooter/walker can be arranged if required. 

Come along for a mellow and fulfilling trip full of art, creativity and fun. The focus is on fabulous days and fun evenings.