Guide for Jewish visitors to Wellington
If you are intending to visit Wellington, the following information will help make your visit a pleasant one.
Let us know you’re coming
Visitors are welcome at our services, but please contact our office at least a week beforehand to let us know you’re coming.
We’ll need your:
- Address (back home and where you’re staying in New Zealand)
- Phone number (here in New Zealand)
- Photo or scan of photo ID (which you should bring when visiting if you are able to).
Adult men may also want to let us know if you are a Koheyn or Levi or would like an aliya or can read haftora or lead services.
Upcoming services and holidays
See our news section for news of upcoming services. If you’re visiting from out of town we recommend confirming service times with the office beforehand.
We cannot provide any accommodation at the Centre or on Centre grounds but there are two motels nearby:
- Harbour City Motor Inn (next door to the Centre)
- Capital View Motor Inn (across the road from the Centre)
We don’t endorse either motel but list them as the closest options to the Centre.
Visiting campers should check the Wellington City Council’s page on camping in the city for information on nearby camping facilities.
Note that there is no eruv in Wellington.
Some kosher basics – such as snack foods – are widely available in supermarkets and corner stores throughout New Zealand. (See our kosher updates for news about approved food and guides to buying kosher food in New Zealand, including a dedicated guide for visitors.)
However, some products such as kosher meat and cheese and unusual Pesach supplies are only available in Wellington from the community-run Kosher Co-op. The Co-op runs short hours so we recommend contacting the Centre office for opening times during your visit.
You can also order from the Co-op’s online shop and have your order delivered to you anywhere in New Zealand.
Kosher catering services are also available for visting groups; contact our office for more information.
The Wellington Jewish community is a vibrant and close-knit community that welcomes and actively supports new migrants who are committed to participating in community life. If you’re thinking of immigrating to Wellington, check out our immigration guide.
Sites of Jewish interest
Check out our map of Jewish Wellington, both past and present:
If you find something of interest to Jewish visitors we don’t have on our map let us know!
Support the Centre
If you enjoyed your visit and want to say “thanks” you can give a donation through our Givealittle page. Donations are tax deductible for New Zealand taxpayers.
Are you intending to visit and have other questions that we haven’t answered here? Let us know.