Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, behind Auckland.  It is home to 393,400 residents and holds the distinction of being the world's most southerly capital.

In 2010 a Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit, referring to the New Zealand capital as the "coolest little capital in the world".

Wellington is New Zealand's political centre, housing Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments and most of the foreign diplomatic missions in New Zealand.

Wellington's compact city centre supports an arts scene, café culture and nightlife much larger than many cities of similar scale. It is an important centre of New Zealand's film and theatre industry.

Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Museum of Wellington City & Sea and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival are all based here.

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Popular attractions


Mt Victoria Lookout

Make time for mesmerising panoramas from one of the finest viewpoints in New Zealand, amid scenery that stars in Lord of the Rings movies.

Lambton Quay

Indulge yourself, in Wellington's finest shopping district, an area bursting with energy and colour. Discover Lambton Quay.

Wellington Harbour

Visit one of Wellington's favourite recreational areas, enjoy the views, cruises, coastal walks and choice of water sports by the beaches.