The fifth year of BOWLZILLA™ Wellington Festival is upon us. Wellington will be the Capital of skateboarding in New Zealand all week.

Wellington City Council, Redhead or Dead Events, Skateboarding.NZ and Miryoku Agency are getting things revved up.

Skateboarding.NZ has the National Park Skating Championships happening again for its fifth year in Wellington. The BOWLZILLA Wellington festival has friends and family rolling in from all points of the world.

Everything gets going with the Welcome Party at The Cambridge Hotel on the 5th from 9pm. There are some drink specials to get everyone happy and DJ Baben kicking of the celebrations with fine tunes. It’s free, so everyone over 18 is welcome to come and start the week off right.

Friday afternoon from 5-7PM Skateboarding.NZ are going to be having their second annual meeting to keep everyone up to date on skating in New Zealand and start conversartions about what everyone would like to see happen in the future. If you have an interest in skating in New Zealand or you want to find a way of participating or helping, please come along. Skateboarding is about community and is a participation activity, it is not a spectator sport. There will be a lot of things to discuss and there will be opportunity to put forward ideas that you feel are helpful for New Zealand skating.

Capital of Fun: Bowlzilla Wellington - March 7, 2020
Capital of Fun: Bowlzilla Wellington – March 7, 2020

Friday evening the 6th, Manky Chops will be holding their annual ARTZILLA as part of the BOWLZILLA Wellington celebrations. The show kicks off from 7pm at Manky Chops Gallery at an awesome new spot on Manners Street. Manky Chops 50FIFTY ARTSHOW is going to be gathering their usual enormous group of New Zealand’s best skate artists. Bring your friends, bring your money and squeeze into the gallery with everyone else to buy some amazing art and celebrate our friends creativity as it is guaranteed to be massive.

The main event is on Saturday 7th March at Waitangi Park, Wellington. The competition BOWLZILLA Wellington for the next National Champions with divisions for Tech Deck 16 & Under, Women, Masters 40+ and Pro/Am Open. This is the only event in New Zealand where skaters can accrue points for Olympic games qualification. The multi-generational get together is about good times just as much as it is about the competition. Yeah Gnar have come on board again to ensure it is the largest Equality in Skateboarding event in New Zealand for 2020 with equal cash prize purse in both the Open and Women’s divisions.

Everyone is going to be looking to celebrate big on Saturday night and “Dive In” at Birdcage is going to be HUGE! Drink deals and good tunes are going to see everyone celebrating from 8 till late. All our friends over 18 are welcome with ID.

Sunday is always about family and friends and there is going to be a friendly gathering at Karori vert ramp for everyone to wind down, have a nice Sunday and say their goodbyes until next year. If you like skating then you are friends and family so please come along for a nice Sunday in the park.

Competition; 7th March 2020, Festival events 5-9th March 2020

Event info:

Thursday, 5th March:
9PM – Welcome Party – The Cambridge Hotel, 28 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington

Friday, 6th March: 
5pm – Skateboarding.NZ Annual Meeting: venue TBD
7pm – ARTZILLA – Manky Chops: 94 Manners Street, Wellington

Saturday, 7th March:
10am – BOWLZILLA™ Wellington competition – Waitangi Park, Cable Parade, Wellington
8pm – Dive In – official after-party – Birdcage, 38 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Sunday 8th March:
2pm – Karori Vert Jam, Ian Galloway Park, Karori, Wellington