is the capital city of New Zealand. The Wellington urban area is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the seat of the Wellington Region, which also covers the region of urban area of Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa.
The urban area includes four cities Wellington,
on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half of Wellington's population, Porirua
on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Maori and Pacific Island communities
, Lower Hutt
and Upper Hutt
are largely suburban areas to the northeast, together known as the Hutt Valley.
Wellington was named after Arthur Wellesley, the first person of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. The Duke's title comes from the town of Wellington in the English country of Somerset.
Wellington suffered serious damage in a series of earthquakes in 1848 and from another earthquake in 1855. The 1855 Wairarapa earthquake occurred on a fault to the north and east of Wellington. It is listed as the most powerful earthquake in recorded New Zealand history, with an estimated magnitude of at least 8.2 on the Moment magnitude scale.
Wellington is marketed as the coolest little capital in the world' by Positively Wellington Tourism, an award-winning regional tourism organisation set up as a council controlled organisation by Wellington City Council in 1997. The organisation's council funding comes through the Downtown Levy commercial rate.
Wellington is called as home of Museum's, namely:
- Te Papa
- The National Library of New Zealand
- Archives New Zealand
- The Museum of Wellington City & Sea
- The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Museum
- Colonial Cottage
- the New Zealand Cricket Museum
- the Cable Car Museum
- Old St Paul's
- The Wellington City Art Gallery
Wellington is also famous for Theatre's, namely: Downstage Theatre, Bats Theatre, Circa Theatre, the National Maori Theatre Company Taki Rua, National Dance & Drama School Toi Whakaari and the National Theatre for Children at Capital E in Civic Square. From 1936 to 1992 Wellington was also well known for the National Art Gallery of New Zealand, when it was united into Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington is also home to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. The city's arts centre, Toi Poneke, is a connection of creative projects, collaborations, and multi-disciplinary production.
- Lambton square shopping center: Lambton Square has it all, right in the heart of Wellington on central Lambton Quay - a complete shopping precinct with over 20 shops in one place, where you can find Books and stationary, excellent quality food outlets, key cutting, hair salon, travel agency, chemist and much more.
- Wellington village shopping center: Wellington Village is an architecturally designed shopping centre situated at the foot of the Dandenongs along Wellington Road in Rowville. The centre has 2 supermarkets, a childcare centre, pharmacist and up to 25 unique stores. Wellington Village has a welcoming ambience due to the beautiful terracotta collonade along the front of the shopping strip.
- The Mall at Wellington Green: The Mall at Wellington Green is a beautiful and amazing blend of Mediterranean style and local architectural traditions. Featuring some of the most popular and sought after fashion retailers, The Mall at Wellington Green is located in the heart of Palm Beach County and is the premier year-round shopping destination for both residents and visitors.
- Buses: Wellington has an extensive network of bus routes. Routes are determined by the Regional Council, which regulates commercially-provided services and solicits bids from private operators to run the services it is prepared to subsidies. The largest operator is NZ Bus, which provides services for most of Wellington city under the GOWellington brand and for the Hutt Valley under the Valley Flyer and Runciman Motors brands.
- Trains: The suburban passenger trains will run through only these two cities Wellington and Auckland. Wellington's rail network is used primarily by commuters travelling to and from the central city - all lines converge on Wellington Railway Station. There are two major rail corridors in Wellington. The North Island Main Trunk runs along the western coastline, passing through Porirua and Paraparaumu to Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, the Wairarapa Line runs along the edge of Wellington Harbour and then up the Hutt Valley, passing through both Lower and Upper Hutt.
- Cable Car: The Wellington Cable Car, which runs between the central city and the hill suburb of Kelburn, is something of a Wellington religious art. It is used by commuters travelling to and from work, by people travelling from the city to the Wellington Botanic Garden, and by students at Victoria University.
Places to visit
- Civic Square: The Civic Square is situated right in the heart of the Wellington city. It is made up of an architecturally creative and adventurous complex of buildings with a large public space in the center, and a bridge linking it to the waterfront and to Frank Kitts Park.
- The Beehive: The building housing the ministerial offices is called the Beehive. The reason for the name is pretty obvious, although many Wellingtonians think that the building looks as much like an alien spaceship as it does a beehive. It's placed near the railway station where Bowen Street meets Lambton Quay.
- The Cable Car & Botanical Gardens: There are cable cars that service private residences all over Wellington, since these make a handy way of getting up some of the steep terrain. The cable car on Lambton Quay has been hauling Wellingtonians up the steep, 610 meter incline to Kelburn since 1902, and is one of the few such vehicles left in the world. Lots of people use it to get to and from work.
- The InterIslander Ferries: If you look out at Wellington harbour chances are you'll see one of the ferries heading out to sea or returning from Picton. These ships depart from the wharf near Aotea Quay headed to Picton, on the east coast of the South Island.
- Lambton Quay: Lambton Quay is one of the famous shopping areas in the city. It has some nice places to shop, some fine drinking places and some cafes. It runs from Thorndon Quay, near the Railway Station, alongside the waterfront, up to Willis St., which just a few minutes from the Civic Square.
- Cuba Mall: Cuba Mall is one of the main shopping and dining areas in Wellington. It is closed to traffic and is a pleasant part of town to wander around. If you walk out of the Civic Square, head south down Willis St., and then turn left into Dixon St.
- Oriental Parade: Oriental Parade is a really pretty part of town that draws lots of Wellingtonians. It's a favorite place for joggers, swimmers, sunbathers and cyclists. There is a large fountain anchored about 100 metres off-shore that people often swim out to, and a public swimming pool with a climbing wall outside.
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