Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is home to 416,800 residents (2019), and its metropolitan area is comprised of four local authorities: Wellington City, Porirua, Lower Hutt, and Upper Hutt. As the nation’s capital, Wellington is the administrative and legislative centre of New Zealand and therefore the location of parliament and most public service departments. The iconic Beehive, the executive wing offices occupied by the New Zealand Government, is located north of the CBD in Thorndon, proximate to international embassies and the Supreme Court.
Wellington Harbour, one of New Zealand’s chief ports, processes approximately 10.5 million tonnes of cargo annually. As the southernmost settlement on the North Island, the port acts as interisland sea transport connection between the capital and Picton in the South Island and thus moves both goods as well as passengers via regular services. Cruise tourism operating out of the harbour contributed $56 million to the local economy over the 2019/20 season.
Wellington has also been given the moniker ‘the creative capital of New Zealand’ and is location of some of the largest and oldest cultural institutions in the country, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Weta Workshop, renowned globally for its special effects contribution to films including Lord of the Rings and Avatar, is also located Wellington. While public and professional services characterise many of the office occupants in Wellington and contributions to GDP; arts, culture, and innovation industries have played a bigger role in the local economy in recent years.