Profile of Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and the world's southernmost capital city.

Aerial view of Wellington at night.

It is also the country's cultural capital and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand.

The city is home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals, including Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the biennial Festival of the Arts.

Wellington – key facts

Key facts about the city’s population, diversity, economy, quality of life, arts and cultural scene, low-carbon status, transport, education, property market and tourism.

Wellington is also:

  • a leading centre for creative industries, such as film and computer technology
  • registered with UNICEF as a child-friendly city
  • the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).

The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty, including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.

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