Fans of Jemaine Clement’s Wellington Paranormal will know that the cult rockumentary comedy horror series (TNZ2), has put Cuba Street in Wellington on the map, as it appears in the first episode – possibly as the entrance to Hell.
The Hotel Bristol
Heavenly places to drink and dine (for fans) in Wellington include Hotel Bristol at 131-133 Cuba Street, which also appears in the show.
Then, there is a reference to the Hataitai pub The Realm in the opening episode.
Hataitai is a suburb in Wellington, and its local pub is indeed called The Realm. It’s been serving the Hataitai residents since the 1930s, according to its website.
Still, it’s Cuba Street that is the normal choice for Paranormal fans. It has more than 40 heritage buildings, well-preserved and earthquake strengthened. It is also the spiritual home of the beginnings of Flight of the Conchords.
Flight of the Conchords at San Fran
Two hundred metres up Cuba St from the bucket fountain, is San Fran, previously San Francisco Bath House, where Clement and McKenzie performed their first gig as Flight of the Conchords in 1998.
Clement told The New Zealand Herald: ”A friend of mine was organising a comedy gig and Bret and I — I think we’d made up one song, I had one song that I’d written for another show and he had a song. So we had three songs. My friend said, ‘Do you want to try stand-up comedy?’ I said, ‘I don’t but I have this band, we’ve got three songs, maybe we could play before the comedy starts.’
Visiting San Fran, Wellington
San Fran is a music venue and bar these days at 171 Cuba Street, hosting Peter Hook, Pop Will Eat Itself and other luminaries in 2022.
The Bucket Fountain
The Bucket Fountain on Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 is your best photograph opportunity: it’s a kinetic sculpture and, as Jemaine Clement Co-creator of Wellington Paranormal confirms, a secret gateway to Hell.
Wellington Paranormal is now showing in sixty countries around the globe.