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
“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
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.
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.