Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. Comprising of four town centres – Wellington City, Porirua, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt – with 412,500 inhabitants.
Wellington is the centre of New Zealand’s government, home to the iconic Beehive parliament building as well as a host of government ministries. As the government hub, Wellington is the heart of policy-making, with much of the office market revolving around public sector occupiers.
Known as New Zealand’s creative capital, Wellington boasts Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both internationally renowned for their work on films such as the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar, among others. The creative output of the Miramar Peninsula has established New Zealand on the world screen and as a leader in motion capture technology.
With more cafés, bars and restaurants per capita than New York, Wellington has a thriving urban scene. It is marketed as the “coolest little capital in the world” by Positively Wellington Tourism, an award-winning regional tourism organisation. As such, tourism plays a core role in Wellington’s economy, with the port playing host to over 70 cruise ships a year (in addition to serving both domestic and international shipping), bringing in around NZD 40 million to the Wellington economy. Wellington’s tourism sector is supported by attractions such as Te Papa (the national museum), the Wellington Zoo, the Cable Car, as well as the vibrant coffee and boutique shopping culture of the city.