Photo of Carmen Rupe smiling with colourful background
Fully booked

The Fabulous Carmen Rupe Walk Tour

Join us on this free 90-minute community walk-tour as we trace Carmen's Wellington years (1967-1980).

Entrepreneur, entertainer, madam and mayoral candidate Carmen Rupe was based in Wellington for less than 15-years but has left us a rich legacy of memories and inspiring moments.

Join us on this free 90-minute community walk-tour as we trace Carmen's Wellington years (1967-1980). We'll visit some of the remaining inner-city business locations and imagine some of those that are no longer here: Le Balcon, Carmen's International Coffee Lounge, The Peacock, Cleopatra's Coffee Lounge, Carmen's Bazaar, The Gazebo massage parlour, The Cottage brothel and Carmen's Curio Shop.

Learn about Carmen's landmark 1966 court case, her race to become Mayor of Wellington in the 1970s, and how she supported and offered a safe harbour to Wellington's Takatāpui LGBTI Rainbow communities. Note: this tour is also being offered as a seated, non-walking tour, at City Gallery Wellington on 29 October.

A Facebook event has been created for this tour:

Health & Safety

An outdoors walk tour with limited shelter, it is on public footpaths which are generally flat. There are a small amount of stairs (an alternative route can be taken). A seated version of this tour is being offered on 29 October at City Gallery Wellington.

Please wear good shoes and dress for the weather. The tour may be cancelled in bad weather.

Inner city - Civic Square to Upper Cuba Street


Wellington CBD


Walking Tour

Event times

Fully booked

1-2:30pm Sun 5 Nov

Booking requiredFree

Walk Tours NZ

Walk Tours NZ is a volunteer group that offers free, accessible, inclusive and community-focused walking tours around Wellington New Zealand highlighting the city’s rich Takatāpui LGBTI Rainbow heritage.