Partners Programme

While the delegates are enjoying LCA2010, the Partners' Programme, which runs for 5 full days from Monday 18 January to Friday 22 January, will introduce partners and children to a selection of what Wellington has to offer!

To register for the Partners' Programme, delegates will need to provide their partner's details at the time they register online for LCA2010.

For the location of the Partners' Programme events, check our our LCA2010 GoogleMap.

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 12.5% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax.
Adults Aged 15+ years old $280.00
Children Aged 3-14 years old $200.00
Infants Aged 0-2 years old Free

Partners' Evening Event

The Partners Evening Event will be an event where partners and children can enjoy each others company, while the Professional Delegates are networking during the Professional Delegates Networking Session. This will be the play 'The 39 Steps' by John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock, adapted by Patrick Barlow. It promises to be a funny spoof of Hitchcock's classic movie. Further details here: Circa Theatre: The 39 Steps

What'The 39 Steps'
WhereCirca Theatre on Wellington Waterfront, Cable Street
Time8.00 - 10.10pm
DateThursday 21 January 2010

Partners will need to register for this event by contacting the LCA2010 Partners Programme Coordinator before January 12.

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include 12.5% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax.
Over 25 years old $32.00
Under 25 years old $20.00

Partners' Programme Schedule

The Partners have an exciting schedule of events running in conjunction with LCA2010. Please note it has been developed based on activities that are currently available and is subject to change. Rest assured if we need to change the Partners' Programme schedule it will be just as awesome!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Overview of Wellington (Bus Tour) Parliament Tour Museum of City and Sea (Guided Tour) * Bus to the Kapiti Coast Marine Education Centre
Opera House (Guided Tour) Old St Pauls Cathedral / Thorndon (Walking Tour) * QEII Park & Tramway Museum Colonial Cottage Museum
Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa Botanic Garden Somes Island Southward Car Museum Zealandia
Cable Car Museum & Cable Car Wellington Waterfront Bus to Wellington
  Partners Evening Event  

Partners will meet at 9:00 am each morning (except when advised otherwise) at the Partners Programme Meeting Place in the Foyer of the Wellington Convention Centre, and will return from their day by 5:30 pm.

The schedule includes a lunch break. However lunches will not be provided, unless otherwise specified by * in the programme.


Introduction to Wellington and New Zealand

We start by getting to know each other including an introduction to the weeks activities and what Wellington has to offer.

The main activities then start with a short bus tour giving us an overview of Wellington city and some good views of the city and harbour from Mt Victoria.

Following this, we have a backstage tour of the Wellington Opera House, a grand old lady with many stories... and some ghosts? After lunch we have a tour of Te Papa Tongawera, New Zealand's national museum and art gallery. Following the official tour we will have time to explore its many treasures before the end of the day.


Political and Historical Wellington

The day starts with a tour of Parliament, seeing inside the Beehive and old parliament buildings, including seeing how the building has been earthquake proofed. We then take a walk through historic Thorndon, learning about Wellington's colonial past.

Lunch at The Botanical Gardens, with time to roam and find your own perfect spots; whether the numerous sculptures, the rose garden, or the children's play area, there's plenty to see. We meet up at the Cable Car Museum for the history of Wellington's Cable Car, before taking a ride in it down into the heart of the city.


City and Sea!

A day exploring Wellington harbour! We start with a guided tour of the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, with time to look unguided, followed by fish & chips for lunch. After that, we take a ferry to Somes/Matiu Island and find out about its varied history and ecology. Back on shore, there is the option of a scavenger hunt along the waterfront for the energetic, or a quiet stroll and a rest.


A day out of Wellington – the Kapiti Coast

We will take a bus trip up the Kapiti Coast, including stops at QEII Park to check out the Tramway Museum, including a ride back in time via blue-screen; trams in the King Kong movie and a riding a vintage tram. Also time for a wander around the park and a swim at the beach if the sun is out! Then we visit Southward, a world-class vintage car museum where we have lunch and then find some fascinating, unique and bizarre collections (not just cars!), before the bus takes us back to Wellington.


See New Zealand's unique wildlife!

We start with a visit to the Marine Education Centre on the South Coast, where we learn about Wellington's shore creatures up close. Touch an octopus too!

Then a short visit to the Nairn St Colonial Cottage, Wellington's oldest original building and a collection of colonial artefacts. After lunch, we go to Zealandia, the Karori Wildlife Santuary, an inland island protecting a habitat for native birds, bats, and tuatara, and take a guided tour, including a boat trip on the Karori Reservoir.


Overview of Wellington tour

View panoramic views of Wellington city from the top of Mt Victoria, then travel through some of our narrow, hilly streets to travel around the rugged south coast (where Little Blue Penguins live!) that helps define and delineate Wellington City.

The Opera House

The Opera House is a stately Edwardian theatre with stunning architecture and a lavishly decorated auditorium. It has a bigger stage than the Sydney Opera House and even London's West End has only two stages that are larger. It is also said to have three resident ghosts.

Te Papa Tongawera

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, with bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun interpretations of its collections.


Visit New Zealand's beautifully refurbished Parliament Buildings, made up of three architecturally different buildings. Learn about New Zealand's system of Government, discover some of the artworks that celebrate our rich cultural heritage, and hear stories from the past and present activities of Parliament.

Old St Paul's

Old St Paul's is a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and materials. Constructed entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass windows.


Heritage trail through New Zealand's oldest suburb.

Wellington Botanic Gardens

The Wellington Botanic Gardens features 25 hectares of unique landscape, protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections, colourful floral displays, and views over Wellington city.

Cable Car Museum

Located just a few metres from the cable car's upper terminus and from a lookout with spectacular views over Wellington, the Wellington Cable Car Museum tells the story of the country's only remaining public cable car system. Visit us to catch up on the service's colourful history, marvel at the machinery in the old winding room or climb aboard one of the old grip cars.

Cable Car

The Wellington Cable Car is one of Wellington’s oldest & most popular tourist attractions. The cars run from Lambton Quay in the heart of the central business district and within 5 minutes whisk you to the top entrance of the Wellington Botanic Gardens with its magnificent lookout over the City and harbour.

Museum of Wellington

In the Museum of Wellington, City and Sea, you will find the intriguing social, cultural and maritime history of New Zealand's vibrant capital city. Traditional displays sit alongside the latest technology with interactive exhibits, holographs and a giant cinema screen that stretches up three floors. Wellington's maritime heritage is celebrated in a dedicated floor and is complemented by exhibitions to take you from early settler and Maori history through to the 20th century and today.

Matiu/Somes Island

Situated in the middle of Wellington's stunning harbour, Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike. Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position, and is now a scientific and historic reserve. Visit the lighthouse, count the number of skinks that skitter off the track, and wander amidst native plant and bird life.

QEII Park and Tramway Museum

Where sand meets sea! Queen Elizabeth Park is the last area of natural dunes on Kapiti's coastline. With its 650 hectares of easy terrain edged by a sandy beach, Queen Elizabeth Park has plenty of space to enjoy swimming, fishing, walking, cycling, horseriding, picnics or group activities. The park is steeped in history including pa sites at Whareroa and Wainui beaches and evidence of the 20,000 strong US marine camps from World War II.

The Tramway Museum is situated near the MacKays Crossing entrance, with historic trams running on the 2km line through the coastal dunes and with views of Kapiti Island,to Whareroa Beach. The trams date from the 1920’s and 1930’s and were used in Wellington city until closure of the last tram routes in the early and mid 1960’s. An historical display is located in the tram barn and comprises an interesting selection of photographs and other memorabilia. A 10 minute video detailing tram operations in Wellington in the 1950's plays continuously inside a Brisbane ‘Dreadnought’ tram used in the making of the movie 'King Kong'.

Southward Car Museum

The most comprehensive privately owned collection of veteran and vintage cars in the southern hemisphere of over 350 vehicles, as well as three aircraft and various other exhibits, the Southward Car Museum includes Marlene Dietrich's 1934 Cadillac Town Cabriolet, a 1915 Stutz Indianapolis race car, gull-winged Mercedes-Benz, a 1950 Cadillac "gangster special" that belonged to gangster Mickey Cohen, and an 1895 Benz Velo, imported to New Zealand in 1900.

The museum building also includes a 474-seat theatre, and features a 1929 Wurtlitzer theatre organ, which was originally installed in the Civic Theatre in Auckland. The Wurlitzer organ is one of the main attractions of the theatre and is one of only 13 ever made.

Marine Education Centre

The Marine Education Centre, a not for profit charitable organisation, focusses on conservation through education, promoting the on-going care and sustainable use of our ocean. It is located adjacent to one of the richest and safest rocky shores in the region, and includes realistic Live Habitat Displays, including the very important "Touch Gently" pool, and is home to almost 500 species of live marine plants and animals; the most extensive collection of live marine life in New Zealand.

Colonial Cottage Museum

The Nairn St Colonial Cottage Museum is Wellington's oldest identified building, built in 1858. This was a time when candles were made from tallow and when the nails used to build the Cottage were imported. Displays show the ways in which the first colonials blended their lives from their Victorian homeland with the dictates of a new country. Enjoy the garden, the remaining portion of an 1840 New Zealand Company Town Acre, on which the Cottage was built.


Experience New Zealand's unique and endangered native animals living wild in a unique fully-fenced urban wildlife sanctuary, less than 10 minutes from central Wellington. One of your best chances of seeing kiwi, tuatara and many other iconic, endangered species outside of captivity!

Partners Programme Enquiries

Heather Buchanan
LCA2010 Partners Programme Coordinator