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The Best Bowling Alleys In Wellington For A Next-Level Night Out

By Abby Porter

Whether you’re planning the ultimate staff do, a creative mates' night out, or a birthday bash to remember, bowling is a time-tested way to get the party started.

Going out bowling just has all the elements of a great group activity—funky music, readily available food and drinks, and more than just a little bit of friendly competition. So without further ado, here are the best bowling alleys in Wellington. 

The Lanes

Wellington CBD

If you’re located in the city, The Lanes is your go-to for a bowling bash. Everything you want in a bowling alley, this central spot has you in for a night of fun. Boasting fifteen fully automated lanes, the whole place glows in blue neon—perfect for all your artsy Instagram photo needs, while the restaurant keeps your party fueled with platters, snacks, burgers, and pizza on the menu, not to mention the fully-stocked bar. As a bonus, the venue also becomes 18+ from 8pm. A bowling alley staple, the big screens blast all your favourite music video throwbacks for the ultimate ambience.

The bright lights and shiny floors of the bowling alley are showcased as a man steps up to bowlBowlarama 


Despite being tucked away in the burbs, Bowlarama is a Wellington fave. The lanes aren’t just used for parties and functions here—Bowlarama is also home to bowling leagues and hosts regular tournaments, just in case you think you’ve got the skills for the professional stuff. If you’ve finished up your game and morale is still high you can move on to a killer round of laser tag, bumper cars, or VR games. This awesome Newtown venue offers packages for both kids' parties and corporate functions, making your party planning easier than ever. With a fully-licensed cafe and bar, you and your crew will be in for a night to remember.

Strike Entertainment Centre


More than your average bowling alley, Strike Entertainment Centre is the ultimate party venue. With laser strike, an arcade, and pool tables available alongside bowling, it’s easy to line up hours of fun. One of this alley’s best bits is the unique upstairs loft area, which can be booked out for private events. Along with your own personal bowling alley, complete with TV screens and colourful lights galore, you’ll get a dedicated host and access to two pool tables. Combine this luxurious set-up with a food and beverage package, you’re well on your way to throwing the best staff party your workplace has ever seen. No wonder this makes our list of one of the best places to go bowling in Wellington.

A close-up of the colourful bowling balls waiting to be usedNorth City TenPin


If you find yourself out by the coast and in the mood for a spot of bowling, Porirua’s North City TenPin is the place to be. Catering to individuals, leagues, and functions, this popular bowling alley has all the trimmings at an affordable price point—you’ll find us there on $25 Tuesdays! TenPin’s bar pours ice-cold refreshments (of both the child and adult kinds) and the cafe provides all the snacks you’ll need to keep you bowling your best all night long. If you want to add a little adventure to your visit, head into the venue’s virtual reality arcade and be transported to another world. If you’re a seasoned pro, they also offer bowling ball resurfacing, plugging, and drilling services. 

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Image credit: Anastasia Shuraeva, José Juan Rosa, Marco Mueller.

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