Wellington (Māori: Te Whanganui-a-Tara) is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 405,000 residents. It is at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. Wellington is the major population centre of the southern North Island and is the administrative centre of the Wellington Region, which also includes the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. It is the world's windiest city, with an average wind speed of over 26 km/h, and the world's southernmost capital of a sovereign state. The Wellington urban area comprises four local authorities: Wellington City, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half the population; Porirua on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Māori and Pacific Island communities; Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are largely suburban areas to the northeast, together known as the Hutt Valley. Situated near the geographic centre of the country, Wellington was well placed for trade. In 1839 it was chosen as the first major planned settlement for British immigrants coming to New Zealand. The settlement was named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. As the nation's capital since 1865, the New Zealand Government and Parliament, Supreme Court and most of the civil service are based in the city. Despite being much smaller than Auckland, Wellington is also referred to as New Zealand's cultural capital. The city is home to the National Archives, the National Library, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, numerous theatres, and two universities. Architectural sights include the Government Building—one of the largest wooden buildings in the world—as well as the iconic Beehive. Wellington plays host to many artistic and cultural organisations, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet. It has a lively urban culture, with many cafés, restaurants, and performance venues. One of the world's most liveable cities, the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. Wellington's economy is primarily service-based, with an emphasis on finance, business services, and government. It is the centre of New Zealand's film and special effects industries, and increasingly a hub for information technology and innovation. Wellington is one of New Zealand's chief seaports and serves both domestic and international shipping. The city is served by Wellington International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country. Wellington's transport network includes train and bus lines which reach as far as the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa, and ferries connect the city to the South Island.
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Walk up to the turbine at the top of Brooklyn Hill for spectacular breathtaking views of the Wellington region, Cook Strait and in the distance, the South Island.
He Tohu is a new permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.
It lives at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in a stunning new state-of-the-art conservation space, designed to preserve the documents for generations to come.
The documents are:
1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi
1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine.
The He Tohu exhibition has been developed in partnership between Crown and Māori, with significant input from women’s groups nationwide.
The Weta Cave Workshop Tour is a movie based visitor experience in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. A 45 minute guided tour starts and finishes in the famous Weta Cave and provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop. The story of the creative process is told by members of the talented crew from the workshop floor, using the props, models and weapons they helped make for the movies. They may even reveal some of the secrets behind the movie magic... Through a number of windows opened into the heart of Weta Workshop, you can actually see the work being done inside one of the world’s leading concept design and physical effects manufacturing operations.
Wellington Zoo is a magical place of learning and fun, leaving visitors with a sense of wonder and respect for nature and a belief in the need for a sustainable co-existence between wildlife and people.
Our aim is to offer you a wild day out packed with learning and fun. With around 500 animals of all shapes and sizes to check out, we’re sure you’ll leave with a sense of wonder and respect for the beauty of nature.
In 1906 Wellington Zoo became the first zoo in New Zealand. Over the years it has truly become part of the fabric of the city, as generation after generation has passed through our gates to visit and learn all about our wonderful animals. Our strong commitment towards animal welfare and the environment is at the heart of everything we do.
Choose from six of our amazing animal encounters: Meerkat, Lemur, Cheetah, Lion, Giraffe and Red Panda. Go on a sleepover right here at the Zoo and spend a magical night with our animals.
Owhiro Bay, ‘the gateway to the south coast’, is the closest south coast beach to the central city. Small houses and cottages are tucked at the bottom of steep escarpments. The sheltered Owhiro Bay boat ramp and car park is on the eastern side of the bay, and there are grassed areas along the foreshore toward the quarry.
Certified self contained campervans can stay here at the end of Owhiro Bay Parade for a maximum of four nights in a single calendar month. Please park toward the end of the reserve car park. Strictly no tents or non self contained vehicles allowed. Two toilets at the visitor interpretation centre (open 24 hours). This site is being overused and due to local complaints the council are currently reviewing it for suitability.
We have a cosy, warm lounge & kitchen area with super fast, unlimited WiFi....
It’s just a 15 min drive to the city (the bus stop is a 35 min walk along coastline), 7 mins to the airport, Wellywood and the Weta Cave.
We’re snuggled beneath a pine forest and right next to the ocean with late sun and views of the city. Little blue penguins (korora) also live on this stretch of coastline.
You can enjoy the many walking trails, cycle the multitude of mountain bike tracks, kayak the beautiful harbour or simply enjoy the relaxing sea-side setting.
Whilst we are a quiet & relaxing site, we can’t promise complete peace & quiet – we’re in amongst the action of Shelly Bay and it can sometimes be a busy area on sunny weekends when locals come to spend their leisure time here. It’s also a working area – the artists have their studios/workshops here and may make some noise from time to time.
What we can promise is a unique experience, surrounded by art and nature, with fabulous views, hot showers and warm welcoming hospitality.
We feel lucky to be here, and would love to share it with you.
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