Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city — home to Parliament, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, a thriving film industry, and heaps of other cool stuff.
The earliest Maori name for Wellington is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui — ‘the head of Maui’s fish’ — which comes from the Maori legend that Polynesian navigator Maui fished up the North Island. You can find out more about Wellington’s early Maori and European history on Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
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Wellington is the southernmost city on New Zealand’s North Island — gateway to to the South Island.
Latitude: 41 17 S Longitude: 174 47 E
Population of Wellington City is 180,000 and almost half a million in the Wellington region.
Use these handy maps and guides to get more details about downtown Wellington and the surrounding regions.
Okay, so we know there is loads to do and you probably can’t do it all, so we’ve made it a little easier and put together some fun and informative itineraries that will help make the most of your time here.
There’s so much to see and do in Wellington, but if you’re short on time here’s our picks for the top 10 things to do in Wellington.
You may have heard Wellington called by its nickname Windy Wellington — and it’s true, it can be windy here. Wellington is the only capital city in the world located in the ‘Roaring Forties’. Wellington’s beautiful setting has been carved out by nature, and we want you to enjoy it, so this weather information will help you decide when to come.
From culture to coffee, music to movie-making, Wellington’s sights and sounds will leave you wanting more. If you’re into the outdoors we’ve got action-packed adventure activities to picturesque walks around the beautiful harbour and hills. Come celebrate our culture at Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum or come face-to-face with the closest living relative to a dinosaur at ZEALANDIA. Get a taste of Wellywood at the Weta Cave movie museum or just watch the world go by at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden sand inner-city beach.
Wellington’s talent pool of well educated, worldly and skilled people is its greatest asset. Wellington people are better educated than the average New Zealander. 46.3% of people aged 15 years and over in the Wellington Region have a post-school qualification, compared with 39.9 percent of people throughout New Zealand. In 2008, 33 % of Wellingtonians worked in ICT, architecture, engineering, science, education, arts design , media and sports occupations.
Grow Wellington is funded by ratepayers in the Wellington region to conect high growth, export orientated businesses with the people, tools and knowledge they need to fulfill their potential. They inspire businesses to be world changing and they facilitate collaboration between complementary businesses.
As the Regional Economic Development Agency, Grow Wellington’s aim is to help create a strong and vibrant Wellington regional economy; to use the region’s natural talents and strengths on the world stage; and to help create a place that will be enjoyed by all who visit, work and live here.