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Wellington (Capital City)

On a nice day there is no where better than Wellington, but when the wind starts, as it frequently does, then hang on, also it is built on the major faultline of New Zealand, so one day its going slip. Wellington is the banking capital of NZ where Auckland is the Insurance capital (strange that the insurance companies have based themselves out of Wellington). See New Zealand Geology and Earthquakes
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is often called Windy Wellington because it is the windiest city in New Zealand. The urban area is situated on the southwestern tip of the country's North Island, and lies between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is home to 386,000 residents, with an additional 3,700 residents living in the surrounding rural areas.

With a latitude of 41° 17' S, Wellington is the southernmost national capital city in the world. It is also the most remote capital in the World (i.e. the furthest from any other capital). It is more densely populated than most other settlements in New Zealand, due to the small amount of building space available between the harbour and the surrounding hills. Wellington has very few suitable areas in which to expand and this has resulted in the development of the surrounding cities in the greater urban area. Because of its location in the roaring forties latitudes and its exposure to omnipresent winds coming through Cook Strait, the city is known to Kiwis as “Windy Wellington”.

The Wellington urban area is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the seat of the Wellington Region - which in addition to the urban area covers the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. The urban area lie across four cities. Wellington City, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half of Wellington's population. Porirua City on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Māori and Pacific Island communities. Lower Hutt City and Upper Hutt City are suburban areas to the northeast, together known as the Hutt Valley.

The 2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th place in the world on its list.

Wellington is a great city with lots of life and culture (for NZ), but is built in the roaring forties amplified by the local hills, plus built on a major faultline.

SEE: Wellington on a nice day

Wellington Climate

Wellington Website

Wellington Real Estate and House Prices

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