DISCOVER THE BEST OF WELLINGTON
Wellington takes its name from Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. The Wellington urban area comprises four cities – Wellington City which contains the central business district and about half of the total population and serves as New Zealand’s capital, alongside Porirua which is famous for its large Māori community and also Lower and Upper Hutt in the Hutt Valley. The earliest signs of Maori communities living in New Zealand are towards the late 13th century and the first settlements were along the Hutt River. Unsurprisingly, Wellington holds great cosmopolitan and cultural flair and one of the best ways to experience New Zealand.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REGION
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The 2014 Mercer ‘Quality of Living Survey’ ranked Wellington 12th in the world and in 2011, Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel’ named Wellington as 4th in its ‘Top 10 Cities to Visit’. Wellington is also known as the culinary capital of New Zealand. The city is jam-packed with an array of tasty choice from delicatessens to tapas bars and tucked-away restaurants, award-winning restaurants and great coffee. Besides the urban lifestyle, the Wellington region is celebrated for its dazzling countryside, beaches and reserves including the Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary, Wellington and Otari Botanic Gardens, Oriental Bay and Staglands Reserve.