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Museums in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington at dawn

Museums in Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington is New Zeland’s capital city located at the south-western tip of the North Island. It is the world’s windiest city and the world’s southernmost capital of a sovereign state. Situated near the geographic centre of the country, in 1839 it was chosen as the first major planned settlement for British immigrants coming to New Zealand. The settlement was named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo.

As the nation’s capital since 1865, the New Zealand Government and Parliament, Supreme Court and most of the civil service are based in the city. Despite being much smaller than Auckland, Wellington the city is home to some of New Zeland’s leading museums. Below is a list of some of the leading Wellington museums:

Essential Facts:

  • City:                                Wellington
  • Island:                            North Island, New Zealand
  • Settled by Europeans  1839
  • Population:                   400,000
  • Country:                         New Zealand



“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” Maori Proverb


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