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Wellington

Wellington
Administration
Full nameWellington
Settlement typemain urban area
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWellington
Territorial authoritiesWellington City
Lower Hutt (administered by Hutt City Council)
Upper Hutt City
Porirua City
Geography
Urban Area171.4 sq mi (444 km2)
Metro Area536.5 sq mi (1390 km2)
Lowest Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Demography
Urban (pop.) 
Other information
Time zoneNZST (UTC+12)
- Summer (DST)NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s)6000 group, and 5000 and 5300 series
Area code04
Local iwiNgāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Āti Awa

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Wellington (c-eniconˈwɛlɪŋtən) is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is home to residents.

The Wellington urban area is the major population centre of the southern North Island, and is the seat of the Wellington Region which in addition to the urban area covers the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa. The urban area includes four cities: Wellington, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, contains the central business district and about half of Wellington's population; Porirua on Porirua Harbour to the north is notable for its large Māori and Pacific Island communities; Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt are largely suburban areas to the northeast, together known as the Hutt Valley.

In 2008, Wellington was classified as a Gamma World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University.

The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2011, referring to the New Zealand capital as the "coolest little capital in the world".


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