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‘Happening’ Wellington part of happy New Zealand: CNN

29 Apr 2015

CNN has cited Wellington’s ‘happening restaurant and design scene’ as a key component of the New Zealand experience in its assessment of the world’s top ten happiest countries, following the release of the latest World Happiness Report.

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Wellington's restaurant scene is 'happening' according to CNN
Photo credit: Ombra restaurant, Cuba St

CNN’s article assesses the report’s happiest nations as  potential travel destinations, outlining how “a visit to these happy places will give you a taste of what the locals enjoy every day.” Wellington’s film industry and culinary scene are listed alongside Tongariro National Park, with CNN stating: “The capital city of Wellington has benefited from the growth of the movie industry, developing a happening restaurant and design scene.” 

Wellington has become a CNN favourite in recent times, with the site last year naming it as one the world’s 8 great coffee cities. is ranked in the top three news websites in the world by web traffic analytics company Alexa. 

Positively Wellington Tourism CEO David Perks says Wellington is “happiness central”. 

“Wellington is a highly attractive place to visit, live, learn and work and, importantly, it’s not just us saying it. 

“A brand isn’t what you say, but what others say about you – and Wellington has everyone from the locals who live here, to global media, telling the world what an incredible place it is.” 

The recent 2014 Nielsen Quality of Life Survey showed Wellingtonians were among the happiest and most satisfied people in New Zealand, with the city’s residents topping the ratings for markers including; overall quality of life, health, satisfaction with life in general, sense of safety, trust, and belief in the positive benefits of cultural diversity. 

Other recent international acclaim for Wellington includes being named among the top ten destinations for 2015 by Rough Guides and the BBC, and Vogue’s description of Wellington as “the coolest little city in the world and “a locavore’s dream”. 

The World Happiness Report is released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.


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