Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara in Māori) is the capital and second largest city of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. The Windy City is built on the foreshore of Wellington Harbour and ringed by mountains, providing the scenic home of many of New Zealand's national arts and cultural attractions.
Wellington offers a blend of culture, heritage, fine food, and lively arts and entertainment. Surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, the city boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington’s charm is that it serves up a vibrant inner city experience with a slice of New Zealand scenery. And because of its compact nature, you can sample it all: boutiques, art galleries, trendy cafés and restaurants. Right on its doorstep is a network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards just a few hours away. Wellington has an array of theatre, music, dance, fine arts and galleries and museums, and is home to one of the nation’s key attractions, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington is known for its film tourism. It is the heart of New Zealand's film industry and main filming and production centres for films such as the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Avatar, Tin Tin and District 9.