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5 Random Facts about Wellington, New Zealand

Tomorrow I'm driving down to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, for an overnight stay. Wellington is like a second home to me. I lived there for more than ten years and return often, both for business and pleasure. This latest trip is a combination of both. Here are some random facts about Wellington.

1. The first person believed to arrive in Wellington harbour, in pre-European times was a Maori chief called Whatonga. He was impressed with the harbour and named it after his son Tara, Whanganui-a-tara. Europeans changed the name to Port Nicholson, but it's more commony known as Wellington Harbour.

2. Wellington has a reputation for being a windy city and at times of the year this is definitely so. Howver, on a fine day Wellinton is a beautiful place to be. This photo looks across the harbour, toward the hotel where I'll be staying.

3. For Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans, Wellington is the home of Sir Peter Jackson, the Weta Workshop and the movies, along with the many other movies produced from a Wellington base. It is sometimes affectionately known as Wellywood.

4. In 1855 Wellington experienced the strongest recorded earthquake in New Zealand, with a magnitude of 8.2. As well as a lot of damage, the land was raised and now you can walk along Lambton Quay and view small inserted plaques in the footpath, showing the original shoreline.

5. Wellington has a population of approximately 200,100 people and is the capital city of New Zealand. Many people living and working in Wellington are public servants, working for the many government departments based there.

If you're interested in learning more about Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, watch out for more articles soon to be written.

Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills

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maxeen wrote on February 14, 2015, 5:54 PM

Lovely view ,it must be so relaxing to just look at that view.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 5:57 PM

I took that one walking around the water front last year. But yes, the reason I stay at the hotel I do is for the view.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 7:49 PM

I wonder why Wellington was not included in our package. Your hotel view is magnificent.

Oceanblue wrote on February 14, 2015, 8:04 PM

I have head it is beautiful place to visit and your photo certainly does show a beautiful section.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:28 PM

How long ago did you visit NZ? Years ago Wellington was considered a boring place, with nothing but Parliament there for some reason. Today it is a vibrant, alive place, with much to offer.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:29 PM

It's a place I'm passionate about, but of course I'm biased, having lived there.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:57 PM

It was in April of 2005. No complaints. I had a great time there. We covered Christchurch, Rotorua , Auckland and Queenstown.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 10:00 PM

All top tourist spots. How great that you saw Christchurch before the earthquake devastated it.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 10:23 PM

We had a simulated Antarctic experience. It looked so real.

cheri wrote on February 15, 2015, 3:59 AM

I have heard a lot of good things about New Zealand. I have few friends who migrated there already.

seren3 wrote on February 15, 2015, 6:20 PM

I had a friend many years ago who worked there. She wanted to emigrate (from Canada) she loved it so much. Maybe she did! I've lost touch with her.

DarkSinistar wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:52 PM

Wow! An 8.2 quake would certainly shake up the shire! That's a bit of history I am sure no one ever wants to repeat!