Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Although Wellington is not the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland holds that crown, it does provide plenty of city things to do. Bounded by it's magnificent harbour, Wellington is hilly, windy and full of wonderful Victorian architecture. Wellington is a lot more cultured than it's rival city Auckland, and has plenty of restaurants, theatres, museums, art galleries and accommodation. Wellington is also the major crossroad between the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui or the “Head of Maui’s fish) is an early name for Wellington and evidence of early Maori settlers can be found in this area. Kupe, a Polynesian explorer is credited with the discovery of Wellington Harbour in the tenth century. Te Whanganui aTara is another Maori name for Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and means the “Great Harbour of Tara”.
Wellington is situated at the south western tip of North Island on the Cook Strait. Set against a backdrop of the Kaikaura Mountain Range with their snow capped peaks this is one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world and is the southernmost capital city. Set in the roaring forties latitudes the wind that blows up Cook Strait lends itself to the capital’s nickname as Windy Wellington. The scenic natural harbour with sweeping forests and colonial style houses are a trademark feature of Wellington. The harbour has three islands, Mokopuna Island, Makaro Island and Matiu Island which is the only inhabited one.
The Miramar Peninsula lies to the east of the city connected to the isthmus at Rongotai where the Wellington International Airport is located. Amongst the forested hills a network of bush trails make the area around Wellington excellent walking country. With botanical gardens and interesting museums there are plenty of diverse things for visitors to do.
The area around Wellington is the perfect place to enjoy the Great Outdoors which features heavily in the culture of New Zealanders. A short drive away takes visitors to the Lower Hutt where there are walking trails and golfing facilities, whilst the Porirua district is a renowned watersports area with windsurfing and sailing. Wairarapa is the wine growing area of New Zealand and is also within a short driving distance of the capital. Wellington is also the gateway to exploring more of the beautiful New Zealand countryside, mountains and rural areas.
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