Perfect for startups or to take your
online presence to the people!   

Our aim is to help your business grow, flourish and expand.

  • Set up your own retail premises (or additional premises) in a prime CBD location with great foot traffic and no long term commitment right on Wellington's iconic waterfront. 

  • Enjoy repeat customers with low overheads 

  • Become part of a community of creatives and small business owners with friendly networking and support opportunities.


We are on the hunt for some of the best emerging retail businesses, artists, designers and creatives.  We are offering affordable short and mid-term opportunities in a prime retail position in the middle of Wellington CBD, to expand and grow your business.


This could be your first step into customer-facing retail (already have a successful online shop or Etsy presence?), launching a brand new business, or maybe your first Wellington CBD retail foray. Wherever you are in your business or creative career, we would love to hear from you.


"I couldn't think of a better opportunity for a small family business like ours, to be placed on one of the busiest stretches of walk-way in a city with a retail pop-up store is simply unheard of... except for Wellington. This allows us to reach more customers than we usually would and it is great exposure for our business.

... thanks to this opportunity we are now looking to open our own permanent retail store in the central city over the next few months, without the pop-up village we would never have been able to do this."

- Jesse Evenblij - NZ Furs and Skins


If you would like to be considered for any of our villages, please read the information below, then submit your expression of interest.
More information on our FAQ page


To submit your expression of interest for a Waterfront Pop-up Village shop. 

"The 12-week venture added over $250,000 to the Wellington economy,"


Angus & Associates economic impact evaluation report.

We are now taking expression of interest for the Summer 2020/2021 village. Please complete the expression of interest form to find out more details and have a chance to apply.  

Village details:​​

  • Summer Village over December, January and February

    • Held over the summer month when tourists and locals flock to the waterfront. 

    • Location: Taranaki Wharf (please note this is a "working wharf" and there may be some noise from neighbours at times)

*Please note all dates, times and details may be subject to last-minute changes due to weather or other occurrences outside our control. 



  • Submit your expression of interest form to find out the cost and options for this Summer's village. 

  • Once approved the first two weeks rent is required as a non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. The remaining rent can be paid weekly by automatic payment, but ensuring it is paid at least one month in advance.

  • Please note there is no reduction in cost if you are allocated a second container, both containers will be invoiced at the regular price.

What are your options? 

  • A container to yourself for the full season, or for half the season.

    • If you can run your container every day or hire staff and have the stock to fill a full container, this is a great option!

  • Share a container with one or more others

    • For whatever reason: maybe your business is just starting out, you don't have enough products yet to fill a whole container, or you only have a few days a week free to run the container, you can absolutely share one container with another (or multiple) businesses. If you don't know anyone whom you can ask, let us know, and we'll see if we can find a business who'd like to do the same. 

  • Apply to join 'The Colab'

    • You can also apply to be in our brand new Colab container, which features a curation of fresh new talent from several different artists all in one container. Showcase your best work & share costs with other emerging talents.  This option is currently limited to 6 emerging small artists/ designers in each village. 


If you have read the FAQ page and still have further questions, please email info@wellingtoncreative.co.nz 
When you are ready to submit your expression of interest
Click here!
We look forward to getting your application

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