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Wellington, like few other cities in the world, can capture the heart and cement itself in the memory of so many different types of people. Providing landscapes full of beaches, mountains, the bush, trendy clubs, parliament buildings, music, art, and so much more, Wellington really is the beauty of a magnificent cornucopia.

The earliest name of the city that is now Wellington was given by a Maori legend; Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui. This can be translated to mean ‘the head of Maui’s fish.’ The fish being the whole of the North Island in that particular legend which is taught to school kids throughout the country. Kupe, a Polynesian explorer, is given credit for having founded the area around the 10th century.

In present times, Wellington enjoys and boasts its throne of being the world’s southern most capital and the first to see the sun each day, and the morning must be quite popular as Wellington contains more coffee shops than any other city in the world per capita.

However, this town does not stay inside often and drink away their miseries of ill tempered weather. It has more days of sun than Auckland, Melbourne, and London and it has less rain than Auckland and Sydney. What it does have however is a lot of wind. Known as Wendy Wellington, you will feel a steady if not calming breeze everyday you are in the city.

Though only around 160,000 people reside in the city, you will find most out and about with great cheer and smiles on Lambton Quay, the city’s center for entertainment and drink. Though Lambton Quay is not the only place to find the bars, coffee shops, or gentlemen’s’ clubs, it is the most populated by tourists and residents alike.

Wellington has been called the city for the hip and trendy, but don’t be amiss by thinking they are only concerned about themselves. Te Papa, the nation’s museum, lies here and is a proud member of the community. You won’t be able to visit any travel center or speak with any resident that lacks to recommend Te Papa. It is a masterpiece of a museum and a must visit. You will also see natural beauty just outside of the city at Makara Beach or Otari Bush. Let me not forget to mention the Botanical Gardens which rivals New York City’s Central Park in beauty.

Wellington truly is a place for all types and captured my heart during my month and a half stay. I like to tell people that Wellington is one of a very few places I would like to live in the entire world. I left a big piece of my heart in this city and hope to reclaim it by subsequent visits in the very near future.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Kind People, Beautiful Landscapes, Entertainment
  • Cons:Everything is uphill
  • In a nutshell:The most beautiful place I've ever been
  • Last visit to Wellington: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    it is not wendy wellington - and lambton quay is not where the great bars are - go to cuba street or courtenay place

  • amambaw's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2004 at 4:21 AM

    Deryk (spelling? forgive me!), I love your stuff here, especially the LOR travelogue... the photos of Wellington and surrounding area are inspiring, can't wait to get there!

  • Dec 18, 2003 at 6:22 AM

    Very nice page with great pics. Chocolate fish sounds interesting. Good job!

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2003 at 12:24 AM

    Luv the Lord of the Rings travelogue!!! Just fantastic!!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2003 at 5:29 PM

    excellent travelogue, enjoyed strolling around your page, thanx for sharing


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