Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

According to abbreviationfinder, Wellington, named Te Whanganui-a-Tara by the Maori, is the capital of New Zealand. It is located at the southern end of the North Island in the middle of Port Nicholson Bay, surrounded by the Rimutaka Mountains. It is the second largest city in New Zealand, behind Auckland.


The capital of New Zealand owes its name to the first Duke of Wellington, who was victorious at the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleonic troops. Its foundation dates back to the 10th century when the Kupe chief of Hawaiki explored the region and settled his people. The Europeans arrived in the mid- 19th century, when the British disembarked from the Tory ship at the mouth of the Hutt River.

The southernmost capital in the world is known to New Zealanders as Windy Wellington because the winds are a very common meteorological phenomenon and in winter they reach the qualifiers of gales. On the other hand, the fact that its natural port is in an active geological fault causes the terrain to rise sharply and numerous hills form from which you can enjoy wonderful views. In front of the port there are three islets Matiu / Somes (the only inhabited one), Makaro / Ward and Mokopuna that can be visited by ferry.

The seismic activity in the area is very high since in addition to the main fault that crosses the city there are hundreds of smaller ones in the surroundings. The great earthquake of 1855 destroyed most of the buildings in the city and since then it has been chosen to build with wood to provide greater flexibility against possible seismic movements.

Prime Minister Alfred Domett considered it necessary that the capital should be moved “to some appropriate place in the Cook Strait” because the southern parts of the country were home to gold mines and there was a danger of riots leading to its independence..


In the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, so we have to bear in mind that during the months of June, July and August it is winter and summer takes place in December, January and February. Once this is known, we can see that the climate is oceanic with times of rain and wind and with temperate temperatures. During winter temperatures can reach -12 ° C, although the average is 5 ° C in the coldest month, which is usually July. These are the months with the highest rainfall, which may even be snow, although it is not frequent in the city. In summer the thermometer rises to 20-25ºC with many sunny days with mild temperatures.

The terrain itself causes the existence of high altitude mountains and extensive plains full of vegetation in a few square kilometers.

It is an ideal country for lovers of adventure sports. During the winter we can enjoy sports such as skiing, snowboarding… in ski resorts with great activity and with slopes for practicing high quality winter sports.

In summer you can enjoy the sun on its wonderful beaches, although with care because the waters in this part of the world are very rough.


The Wellington region has a strong tradition of excellence in education and warm support and welcome for students of all cultures. It is the region of New Zealand that has the most people with a university degree per capita. See population of New Zealand.

Education Wellington International is a group of government-accredited educational institutions (universities, polytechnics, institutes of technology, high schools, English academies, and private training providers) committed to high-quality education. All of them adhere to the Education Wellington International Code of Ethics and have subscribed to the government’s Code of Practice, which ensures that they offer high-quality programs and care for the well-being of international students. This commitment to quality applies to all students, at all educational levels.

Sports facilities

Schools and tertiary institutions have excellent sports facilities for students or, if they do not have them, they offer access to them through other providers. Many have a gym, swimming pool, sports field, tennis court, squash, volleyball or badminton.


Wellington International Airport offers regular flight connections to all the major cities in the world. The airport is 15 minutes from the city center and no more than 90 minutes from any other part of the region. Taxi and taxi services are available around the clock. Thanks to Wellington’s central location, access to other parts of New Zealand is also easy, via ferry, bus, train and airline services.

Suburban bus and train services that run through the region are among the best in the country. In Wellington you can go everywhere on foot or easily using public transport.

Wellington, New Zealand

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