Wellington – “The Coolest Little Capital in the World” . See this
Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and the world’s southernmost capital city. It is also the country’s cultural capital and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand.
The city is home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals, including Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the biennial Festival of the Arts.
Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries, such as film and computer technology, and it is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).
Lonley Planet Magazine says “‘Welly’ is a wonderful city, voted ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel. It’s lovely to look at, draped around bushy hillsides encircling a magnificent harbour. Downtown, the city is compact and vibrant, buoyed by a surprising number of museums, theatres, galleries and boutiques. A cocktail- and caffeine-fuelled hospitality scene fizzes and pops among the throng.” (p.366)
The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.
The Wellington region (comprising a few closely linked cities and districts) that is home to almost 500,000 people. The city’s population is young with 55.9% aged 18 – 49 years (2006) compared with 45.1% in New Zealand generally. Wellington city has higher proportions of Europeans (76.8%) and Asians (12.7%) than New Zealand as a whole, and lower proportions of Māori (7.4%) and Pacific peoples (6.6%).
Over one-third (33%) of Wellington residents have a bachelor degree or higher qualification – the highest in the country.
Wellington enjoys around 2,000 sunshine hours a year. By comparison, London averages 1,500, Edinburgh 1,350 and Vancouver 1,850.