(Pop: City/Metro 386,000) is the capital city and second most populous
urban area of New Zealand. The urban area is situated on the south western
tip of the country's North Island, and lies between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.
Surrounded by steep hills giving views of a spectacular harbour, a rugged
coastline combined with the often rough waters of the Cook Strait and
variable winds interrupted by brilliant, beautiful calm days, the Wellington
region forms the setting for New Zealand's cosmopolitan capital city, the
geographical, cultural and political centre of New Zealand.
Named after the Duke of Wellington, who was interested in colonial
development, and settled by the notorious New Zealand Company, Wellington
was always planned as the nation's capital, though Auckland held this
distinction until 1865.
Wellington is the geographical and political centre of New Zealand, this
beautiful harbour capital combines city sophistication with the intimacy of
a compact village. Jam-packed with national treasures, artistic flair,
gastronomic delights, shopping sensations and scenic beauty.
city boasts many fine museums, libraries, art galleries, and theatres, and
parks in a greenbelt around the central city, as well as dining, shopping
and entertainment and nightlife in the Courtenay Place area. New Zealand's
only working cable car provides panoramic views.
Due to the surrounding hills and the harbour, Wellington central business
district is compact, where all major attractions, bars and restaurants
are within walking distance with each other.
Discover the nation's identity in the Capital, where heritage treasures like
Parliament Buildings, the National Archives and Te Papa offer you a unique
insight into the stories of our country or experience heritage of a more
natural kind throughout a region blessed with an astonishing variety of
Wellington has become home to a range of high-profile events and cultural
celebrations, including the biennial New Zealand International Arts
Festival, biennial Wellington Jazz Festival, biennial Capital E National
Arts Festival for Children and major events such as World of Wearable Art,
Cuba Street Carnival, New Zealand Fringe Festival, New Zealand International
Comedy Festival (also hosted in Auckland), Summer City, The Wellington Folk
Festival (in Wainuiomata), New Zealand Affordable Art Show, the New Zealand
Sevens Weekend and Parade, Out in the Square, Vodafone Homegrown, the Couch
Soup theater festival, and numerous film festivals.
Wellington is home to Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand), the Museum of
Wellington City & Sea, the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Museum, Colonial
Cottage, the New Zealand Cricket Museum, the Cable Car Museum, Old Saint
Paul's, and the Wellington Law school (largest wooden building in the
southern hemisphere) and the Wellington City Art Gallery.
is also known as 'Wellywood'. The name - a conflation of Wellington and
Hollywood - a reference to the film production business established in
the city by The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and
King Kong director Peter Jackson, who's business operates a number of
film-related facilities in the Wellington suburb of Miramar.
Wellington is the ultimate urban destination in New Zealand. Wellington
region includes the Kapiti Coast and Hutt Valley. The
Wairarapa region is just one hour's drive
from Wellington city.
Wellington is the southern terminal for
major long passenger
coach and bus services to and from cities and towns in
Wellington is the terminal for Interislander
Bluebridge ferry services that operate
between the North and South Islands crossing Cook Strait.
Wellington International Airport is one of the busiest airport's in New
Zealand in relationship to
domestic flights and also is served by
international flights to and from Australia.