About Wellington

Wellington - New Zeaalnd's capital city. Home to Parliament, Te Papa Museum of Tongarewa and a thriving film industry.

The earliest Maori name for Wellington is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui - which means 'the head of Maui's fish' - stemming 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.

Where: Southern most city on New Zealand's North Island, gateway to get to the South Island. Latitude: 41 17 S  Longitude: 174 47 E

How many: Population is 180,000 in Wellington City and 440,000 in the region.

Information - thanks to www.wellingtonnz.com
When visiting Wellington make sure you....
  1. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington's best  views at the Mount  Victoria Lookout.
  2. Ride the historic Wellington  Cable Car to the Botanic  Garden.
  3. A city tour is the best way to get acquainted quickly  with Wellington. Enjoy the experience with one of many local companies   offering Wellington  sights' tours.
  4. Four Wellington restaurants have won NZ's Best  Restaurant in the last five years. It's safe to say you'll be eating  very well while in Wellington!
  5. Hear the birdsong and spot a tuatara as you walk  through ZEALANDIA:  The Karori Sanctuary Experience.
  6. Get an inside peek into Wellywood at The  Weta Cave in Miramar.
  7. Go stargazing and check out the amazing planetarium  show at Carter  Observatory.
  8. Seeking hidden treasures? Many of Wellington's best  night spots are tucked away for your finding, such as Motel, Library  or Duke  Carvell's Swan Lane Emporium.
  9. Head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique  shopping and some of the best coffee in town.