Wellington, New Zealand

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The view of downtown Wellington and the Wellington harbor, New Zealand, from the Wellington Botanic Gardens

 

New Zealand’s capital and second most populous city (400,000 residents), Wellington (Mãori: Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara), is situated on the southwestern tip of the North Island, draped around a scenic harbor and surrounded by bush-covered hills.  Spectacular vistas of both the city and harbor can be had from the top of Mount Victoria or the Botanic Gardens.  “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 ranks as one of New Zealand’s chief seaports and serves both domestic and international shipping.” — Wikipedia

 

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The working port on the harbor is visible from the restored 19th century industrial building that has been converted in lofts for apartments, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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A modern Wellington Cable Car at the top of the line in the Kelburn neighborhood, Wellington, New Zealand; the line opened on 22 February 1902 and the original steam engines for pulling the steel cables were replaced by electric motors in 1933, with a Swiss designed system replacing the original designs in 1978

 

“Energetic and creative, Wellington has been called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’.  And Wellingtonians enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, thanks to its harbourside setting and 425 hectares of bush-clad town belt.  With reportedly more cafés, bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington is known for its lively nightlife and world-class culinary scene.  Already proud of its internationally – recognised coffee culture, Wellington has become the hub of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, with experimental breweries and specialist bars popping up all over the city.  Home to national museums, galleries and theatres, the city is at the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture, and Wellington’s innovative film production and digital technology sectors have built a worldwide reputation.  The city combines the sophistication, cosmopolitan outlook and global reach of a capital city, along with the warmth and personality of a village.” – wellingtonnz.com

 

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A view of the harbor and downtown from the Kelburn Lookout at the top of the Wellington Cable Car line, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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Blooming lilies in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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A beautiful local species in full bloom in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

 

The beautiful Wellington Botanic Gardens are set in 62 acres / 25 hectartes of well maintained unique landscapes, including protected native forest, conifers, specialized collections of plants, floral displays, and great views of the city.  The attraction was classified as a Garden of National Significance by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture and also represents an area under the Historic Places Trust Heritage.

 

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The Lady Norwood Rose Garden and conservatory in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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A gazebo and pond in the center of the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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Beautiful blooming flowers form colorful designs at the lower entrance to the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Wellington, New Zealand

 

Wellington is home to four buildings that house New Zealand’s Parliament. The Edwardian Neoclassical Parliament House, the Beehive (whose nickname is apparent upon viewing), the historic Parliamentary Library, and the Bowen House are the center of the country’s democracy.  The Parliament’s beautifully manicured grounds are a favorite meeting space for locals and visitors, and the gathering place for celebrations.

 

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The historic Parliamentary Library is one of four buildings that house New Zealand’s Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand

 

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The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in downtown Wellington, New Zealand

 

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