Wellington
           


General Information

Vibrant and alive, Wellington is the capital city and urban heart-beat of New Zealand . Wellington is often described as New Zealand's cultural centre, boasting a world class film and theatre industry, Te Papa (the museum of New Zealand ), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Wellington may be the country’s seat of government, but is centrally located between the deep blue ocean scenery of the harbour and the rolling green hills.
Te Papa Museum, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Te Papa Museum
Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, offering visitors a unique and authentic esperience of this country's treasures and stories.
CentrePort Limited, at the southern tip of New Zealand 's North Island , is one of the most strategically positioned ports in the South Pacific region. It has the natural asset of an excellent deep-water harbour, and is located in Wellington - New Zealand 's capital city and the focal point of an important commercial and trading region.

Attractions and Activities

Wellington is great if you love outdoor activities like mountain biking through native bush at Makara Peak, kayaking out to Scorching Bay, visiting the New Zealand fur seal colony or possibly one of the many Walking Tours available. The choice is yours.
A good way to get your bearings in Wellington is to take a ride on the Cable Car and visit the Beautiful Botanic Garden.
For a bit of Art and Culture visit the World renowned Te Papa Museum or if you want to know more about Wellington’s maritime heritage, Museum of Wellington City & Sea
is the place to go

Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Basin Reserve
The Wellington Basin Reserve, is a traditional test match venue and has been recognised by New Zealand Cricket as such in recent seasons.
History

Wellington was named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor at the Battle of Waterloo. The Duke’s title comes from the town of Wellington in the English county of Somerset .

Geography

Wellington is at the southern tip of the North Island and is the gateway between the two islands. Whether you’re travelling by land, air or sea, all roads lead into Wellington .
Wellington has a modern new international and domestic Airport and is only a ten minute drive from the city centre.
Shopping

Wellington offers a great Shopping experience with it colourful arcades, boutiques and historic shop front and is divided in four richly different experiences which cater from the serious retail therapist to the casual window shopper.

Maori Translation of Wellington

In the Māori language Wellington goes by two names ‘Te Whanganui-a-Tara’ referring to Wellington Harbour and means ‘the great harbour of Tara’. The founding ancestor of the first Māori settlers of Wellington harbour. The descendants of Tara are known as the Ngai Tara. The other is ‘Poneke’ meaning ‘night movement’.
Maori Mythology of Wellington

According to Māori mythology, Maui is credited with fishing up a large fish (ika). This became what we know today as the North Island of New Zealand or ‘Te Ika a Maui ’ and the South Island was his canoe (waka) or ‘Te Waka a Maui'. The translation of Wellington is ‘Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui ’ of the head of Maui ’s fish. The head of the fish, in Maori thinking, is the sweetest part to eat. There are several landmarks in the region that are associated with this deed. Wellington Harbour and Lake Wairarapa are referred to as the eyes of the fish (Nga Whatu o te Ika a Maui ). Palliser Bay , on the south coast of the Wairarapa, is the mouth of the fish (Te Waha o te Ika a Maui ) and Cape Palliser and Turakirae Head at either extreme of the bay are the jaws. The Rimutaka, Tararua and Ruahine mountains
make up the spine of the fish.
The Naming of Wellington Harbour.
Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara: The great harbour of Tara, the founding ancestor of the first Māori settlers of Wellington Harbour. The descendats of Tara are known as the Ngai Tara.However, according to tribal mythology, the harbour was once a lake where two taniwha (sea monsters) lived, Ngake was violent and restless taniwha, while Whataitai was a gentle and easy-going taniwha who loved lazing around in the warm shallow water.
Wellington, North Island, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington City And Harbour View
Both taniwha could hear the sea crashing on the shores on the other side and longed to be free. Ngake one day finall decided he would smash his way out. He seam around winding his tail up like a giant spring.When he released it, he was sent crashing head first through thr cliffs of Seatoun out into the depths of Paukawa Moana, Cook Strait, and was never seen again.Whataitai, being a lazy taniwha, was slow to follow Ngake's pathway to freedom. Unfortunately, the tide was going out and Whataitai was left high and dry in the shallow waters of the Kilbirnie Isthmus, where the Wellington airport is presently situated.

Oriental Bay, Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Oriental Bay
Oriental Bay Wellingtons beach.
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The Wellington Cable Car Museum
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