What is the capital of New Zealand?
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand.
New Zealand is made up primarily of two main islands the North and South Islands.
Wellington is located in the southern part of the North Island.
What is the Capital of New Zealand Population?
There were 202,737 residents in Wellington during the 2018 consensus.
Wellington is rated as one of the coolest cities in the world and New Zealand.
Discover why people are loving this sweet little capital city below.
Wellington Deutsche Bank's Best Quality Of Life Winner (2 YEARS IN A ROW)
For the second year in a row, Wellington has topped Germany's Deutsche Bank List of 50 Cities with the best quality of life.
Beating out cities like Vienna, Rome, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Zurich, and many more.
The rankings take into account purchasing power, healthcare, safety, cost of living, property and income ratios, commuting times, climate, and pollution.
According to the Deutsche Bank list “If quality of life is your only concern, then Wellington continues to be the best place of our 50 cities to live in”.
The capital of New Zealand on a map.
See below Wellington on the interactive Google Maps.
Wellington is located in the deep south of the North Island of New Zealand.
Why is Wellington the Capital?
Wellington is the 3rd capital in New Zealand's history.
First at Russell, in the Bay of Islands, in 1840, then, just a year later, in Auckland.
Auckland held the title between 1841 until 1865 but the government decided to change one last time.
Wellington was selected due to being built on a good harbour halfway between Dunedin and Auckland by sea. At the time sea transport was the major method of moving goods between the islands.
As the rail and road networks were rather poor.
In 2011 the travel publisher Lonely Planet dubbed Wellington the 'coolest little capital in the world'.
Our take on the Hollywood Sign.
Photo: Iconic Wellington City Sign
New Zealand's take on the famous Hollywood sign.
The first thing you see when you fly into Wellington is the big windswept sign.
It was initially proposed to be Wellywood.
Voters blew that away with the fierce public competition that came in.
Designers at Saatchi and Saatchi managed to pull off the winning design taking 57% of the votes.
Why is Wellington Known As Windy Wellington or The Windy City?
Its because year-round, Wellington's average wind speeds are 27 MPH.
Winds reaching or exceeding gale force are recorded for 233 days a year in Wellington.
GUIDE VIDEO - Things to Do: Wellington
3 Cool things to do in the capital of New Zealand
1. Weta Workshop Tour
Weta workshop is a top tourist attraction in the central city of Wellington.
They are a special effects and prop company based in Miramar, New Zealand.
Walkthrough a wonder world of props from movies such as Lord of Rings, Avatar, District 9, and much more.
2. Historic Cable Car Ride Through The City
The historic red cable cart that runs through the heart of Wellington was originally completed in 1902.
It was a big success making over 425,000 trips up and down the hill in the first year alone.
This historic attraction is the last running funicular in New Zealand and has been operating for over 100 years.
There are two carts that start at opposite ends from each other and pass in the middle of the run.
They carry passengers up a short and steep five-minute journey up the hillside.
At the top, you get a picturesque postcard view of the city and surrounding harbor.
3. Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand
Crowd Gathered During Opening Day 1998
#1 rated activity on Tripadvisor in Wellington.
Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, located in Wellington.
It opened in 1998 after the government merged the National Museum and National Art Gallery together.
Te Papa Tongarewa in Maori translates literally to the 'Container of Treasures'.
A more complete interpretation would be ‘our container of treasured things and people that spring from mother earth here in New Zealand’.
Don't forget to see the Colossal Squid On Display.
The capital of New Zealand has shifted around a few times but it looks like it has found its home in Wellington.
Wellington, the windy city is well known as one of the best cities in the world to live in.
There are great restaurants, bars, and a compact central city making it easy to get around.