Wellington. Te Whanganui-a-Tara is the capital of New Zealand. It is located at the southern end of the North Island in the heart of Port Nicholson bay, surrounded by Rimutaka mountains. It is the second largest city in New Zealand, behind Auckland.
The capital of New Zealand owes its name to the first Duke of Wellington, who emerged victorious from the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleonic troops. Its foundation dates back to the tenth century when the chief Kupe from Hawaiki explored the region and settled to his people. Europeans arrived in the mid-19th century, when the British landed from the Tory vessel at the mouth of the Hutt River.
The southernmost capital of the world is known by New Zealanders as Windy Wellington because the winds are a very common meteorological phenomenon and in winter they reach the qualifiers of vendavales. On the other hand, the fact that its natural port is in an active geological fault causes the terrain to rise sharply and numerous hills form from which you can enjoy wonderful views. In front of the port are three islets Matiu/Somes (the only inhabited), Makaro/Ward and Mokopuna that can be visited by ferry.
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