The massive rainbow was painted over 3000 square metres and is believed to be the biggest ever painted in New Zealand.

To celebrate the upcoming Wellington Pride festival, Wellington Airport has unveiled a huge rainbow alongside one of its runways after taking three days of painting to complete.

Wellington Airport chief executive Steve Sanderson said the airport wanted to show their support for both Wellington Pride and the upcoming ILGA conference. “We’re looking forward to welcoming those attending the events and being part of the celebration of diversity and inclusion around the capital.”


In addition to the Wellington Pride festival, the capital city will also host the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) world conference from March 18-22.

Wellington Airport is also a sponsor of ILGA conference

The city’s Mayor Justin Lester praised the airport for the painting “The airport rainbow will be the first many ILGA attendees see and I am sure it will make them feel welcome.”

Wellington Pride also welcomed the painting, with board member Roxy Coevers saying she believed the rainbow was the largest ever painted in New Zealand.

“To my knowledge, it’s the largest scale painted rainbow in honour of Pride in New Zealand, and the festival team is excited to have this very powerful and visual display of solidarity for LGBTQIAF+ folks during our yearly celebrations,” she told newshub.

Wellington Pride will run from March 8 – March 24th with the Wellington International Pride Parade being held on March 16.