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Wellington is the Capital of New Zealand. The city is built around a magnificent harbour with suburbs extending up and over surrounding steep hills. Southward expansion extends all the way to the soutcoast of the North Island with northward expansion into the Hutt Valley and along the south-western coastline of the North Island.
Wellington considers itself the cultural and arts centre of New Zealand. The city is also known for its abundance of quality cafes and restaurants. The city centre is compact and lively. It offers a wide range of shopping, nightlife and entertainment. Wellington's waterfront has many attractions including interesting and scenic walks, parks in the green belt, a large variety of shops, and New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa. Lonely Planet dubbed Wellington, the "coolest little capital in the world" and the city regularly ranks in the top 10 in quality of life surveys proving it to be one of the world's most livable cities. Read more ››