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Facts About Wellington New Zealand

As of 20:58:29 22-Mar-1992

Position : 31.17S 174.47E

International Phone code +64 4

Time Zone GMT +12


Wellington City    148,000  While the population of Wellington  

Upper Hutt          37,200  is less than half the region, many    

Lower Hutt          95,300  people commute into the city to     

Porirua             47,800  work.                                

Total              328,300

Land Area

City 26,625 hectares

Harbour (Pencarrow Head to Palmer Head) 8,500 hectares.


Annual sunshine; More than 2000 hours per year. In 1991 Wellington was the sunniest city in New Zealand.

Annual rainfall: 1200-1400mm per year

Average No of windy days = 199 per year
(Any day that has a wind gust over 34 knots or 63km per hour)

Average No of very windy days = 64 per year
(Over 52 knots or 96km per hour)


             Mean daily maximum in summer 20.1 c

             Mean daily minimum in summer 13.3 c

             Mean daily maximum in winter 11.9c

             Mean daily minimum in  winter 6.6c

Wellington is known for its fresh air and the title "Windy Wellington" is often applied.

Interesting Facts

  • Wellington is the worlds most southern capital.
  • Only capital in the "Roaring Forties" latitudes (explains our wind)
  • One restaurant for every day of the year, range of cuisines from Angolan to Zimbabwean.
  • Nearly all residents of Wellington are within 3 km of the sea.
  • Wellington airport is the busiest in the South Pacific, (mainly due to the amount of aero club flying)
  • Wellington zoo (see tuatara) is the oldest in New Zealand.

Travel Facts

Airport 8km from City. Taxi to City $25, Bus under $10.00, Shuttle in between

National Headquarters

Being a Capital City, Wellington hosts a number of national headquarters. Some examples are,
  • National Museum
  • National Art Gallery
  • National Archives
  • National Library
  • Parliament
  • most Government Departments, Quangos and companies.
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet Company
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • National Cricket Museum
  • New Zealand School of Dance
  • New Zealand Cartoon Archives
rich@tosh.wcc.govt.nz (Richard Naylor ) Organization: City Net - Wellington City Council's Community Computer Network Formatting by witbrock@cs.cmu.edu

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