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