Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and a blooming city located at the south-western tip of the North Island. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour and surrounded by beautiful hills, the city is the country’s political centre and home to the New Zealand Parliament building, also known as the Beehive.
The Wellington Region is made up of four cities: Wellington, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, and a number of smaller towns. Greater Wellington also includes the Kapiti Coast District, Masterton, Carterton, South Wairarapa and a small part of the Tararua District.
Wellington city is home to 179,463 people, adding up to a total of 448,956 for the whole Wellington Region. Just under three quarters of the city’s population is aged between 15 and 64 years old. Wellington has the highest proportion of working age population and the highest median income in the country (30.2% of Wellingtonians have a personal income of over $50,000).
The city’s location on the Cook Strait, the passage that separates the North and the South Island, and its exposure to the Tasman Sea grant Wellington the nickname of the Windy City. On average, powerful gusts of over 60km per hour blast the city 173 days a year. A good windproof jacket is an essential item for Wellingtonians and broken umbrellas are not an uncommon sight.
A typical summer day in Wellington sees temperatures ranging between 19°C to 24°C. Winter days range from 10°C to 14°C.
The Wellington cultural scene is rich and vibrant, and there are always activities to do and things to see. Perhaps the most famous cultural creations hailing from Wellington are those of movie director Peter Jackson.
Wellington is also home to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as a number of other museums and art galleries. The city also has a number of high-profile cultural events such as the New Zealand International Arts Festival, the Cuba Street Carnival and the World of Wearable Art.
The local music scene has given the world the talent of bands such as Shihad, Fly My Pretties, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Flight of the Conchords.
In Wellington City, 49.8% of the households in private occupied dwellings own the dwelling, with or without a mortgage. One-family households make up 63.1% of all households in the capital, while 25.1% of people live in one-person households.
In regional terms, 55.1% of households in private occupied dwellings own the dwelling, with or without the mortgage. While 66.9% of households are one-family households, 24.7% of the population lives in single-person households.
Victoria University, Massey University and the University of Otago all have campuses in Wellington, along with a number of other schools and institutes. Whether you’re looking for primary school education or post-graduate studies, you will find a number of high quality options in New Zealand’s capital.
Over 46% of people in Wellington aged 15 and over have a post-school qualification, well above the national average of 39.9% in the rest of New Zealand
The Basin Reserve and the Westpac Stadium are the two most important sports venues in Wellington. The Basin Reserve is a cricket ground where cricket fans cheer and suffer for their teams in Test, first-class and one-day cricket matches. The Westpac Stadium is the stage of rugby, cricket and football matches.