Wellington, the capital of New Zealand

The incredible Capital City of New Zealand

Wellington is the Capital of New Zealand and was the first city to see in the year 2000. It’s a memorable city located between a beautiful harbour and rolling hills. Wellington capital is home to the old government buildings, professional theater, arts, culture and traditional attractions. Wellington has amazing shopping and nightlife and has more restaurants, bars and cafes per head to rival New York. It also gets far more sunshine and less rain than Auckland.

Wellington, New Zealandgrand old building in Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand                        grand old building in Wellington

Facts about Wellington


Wellington City has more people aged 20-34 than other areas of New Zealand and comparatively less elderly people and less children.

Wellington City: 163,824
Wellington Region: 423,765

Climate (Celsius)
Summer 20.3
Winter 11.3

Driving Distances
Auckland to Wellington is 600kms
Rotorua to Wellington is 460kms

Wellington Attractions

  • Wellington cable car – most oldest and popular attractions
  • Wellington Zoo – home to over 500 animals including the red panda and Sumatran tiger
  • Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington’s favorite beach and waterfront walk
  • Mount Victoria’s 360 degree views
  • Matiu/Somes Island which is located in the middle of Wellingtons harbour approx 8km from the city
  • New Zealand Fur Seal Colony at Red Rocks

Wellington Activites

  • Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum on Wellington’s waterfront
  • Take a ride on Wellington Cable car to the top of the Wellington Botanic Gardens for gorgeous views
  • Tours and Sightseeing. Join a walking tour of downtown Wellington or jump aboard a coach or even helicopter tour to enjoy the sights
  • Enjoy Wellington’s nature surrounded by rolling hills, coastline and most beautiful harbours in the world
  • Take the ferry across to Matiu/Somes Island and explore the wildlife out there including the worlds smallest penguin
  • Relax on the rugged coastline of Wellington’s South Coast

Shopping Ideas
Downtown Wellington is the ideal shopping destination and Old Bank Shopping Arcade and chambers on Lambton Quay for Wellington designer shopping

To find your way around you can download a copy of the Fashion map or the Arts map
Events or pick up a copy from your local centre.

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