Located on the southern tip of the North Island of the country, Wellington is currently home to a population of about three hundred and fifty thousand people. Named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, in recognition for this influence on the New Zealand Company, the city was first known by the native Maoris as Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui or ‘the head of Maui’s fish’. These native settlers are believed to have been living there since about 1400AD and remnants of their presence lives on to this day. The first British settlers didn’t actually arrive until 1839.
As well as being the capital city, Wellington is also the cultural, administrative and political centre of New Zealand and serves as the major holding centre for the country’s historic, cultural and artistic treasures. New Zealanders are renowned for their national pride and the value which they place on their history and heritage and this is clearly visible throughout the city, particularly in places like the Te Papa museum, but also in the number of programmes and incentives designed to preserve the unique Maori culture.
Finally, the city is also fortunate to be in extremely close proximity to both the mountains and the ocean adding further to its appeal. In just one day you can swim at one of the nearby beaches, follow it with a hike in the mountains and finish your day by checking out one of the host of galleries and museums on offer. It’s not difficult, therefore, to understand why the city is rapidly gaining recognition as a leading holiday destination as well as a leading venue for worldwide conferences and the like. All you have to do is decide when you’re going to visit this amazing location.