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Key facts

Wellington is New Zealand’s culinary and cultural capital. The city is the country’s second most populous urban area and if you’re here – you’re in the world’s southernmost capital city. Needless to say, Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government.


Wellington city has a population of 216,300 people. The Wellington region (a series of closely linked cities and districts) is home to almost 521,500 people. The city accounts for 41% of the region's population and 4.4% of New Zealand's overall population. 


Wellington’s weather gets a fair bit of slack and, yes, it can get a bit windy from time-to-time. But the capital actually enjoys a temperate and often sunny climate, enjoying around 2,110 sunshine hours a year. The warmest month is February, the coolest is July, and the average annual rainfall is 1215mm.


Tourism is a vital contributor to Wellington's economy, resulting in some $2.6 billion in expenditure per year - that's over $50,000 per minute! 


It's been said that (28.1%) of Wellington residents have a bachelor degree or higher qualification - the highest in the country. Wellingtonians are also known as some of the fittest New Zealanders, with runners a regular sight around the picturesque waterfront. (94%) hold the perception that their city is a great place to live. 

Wellington trivia

From a national museum with exhibition space the size of three rugby fields to the legend behind the design of the iconic Beehive, our quirky facts and stories page has some great figures and interesting urban legends.

Home to many museums, galleries, theatres, festivals and events, Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries and is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX). The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.

Out and about

Wellington is a super cool and small city. So small in fact that 18,000 of the city’s residents walk or jog to work. These residents are a lucky bunch - nearly all of them are within 3km of the sea which means easy access to our 497km of coastline. On top of all that seaside goodness, Wellington has 363km of mountain bike and walking tracks around the city.