CWC 2015 Wellington fact file

Key facts on CWC 2015 host and New Zealand capital city, Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the world’s southern-   most capital city

The population of the Wellington region is 480,000 (more than half  of residents are aged between 18 and 49)

Nearly all residents of Wellington live within 3km of the sea

Wellington was once described by Lonely Planet as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ and has just been listed in the BBC’s ‘hottest cities’ to visit in 2015

Wellington’s earliest Maori name was Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui or ‘the head of Maui's fish’ 

Wellington’s distinctive Beehive building - in the Parliamentary precinct - was reputedly designed during dinner on the back of a napkin

Wellington has a thriving art, culture and café scene with more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York

More than  18,000 Wellington residents walk or jog to work

The city is also fuelled by a strong coffee culture – there are around 15 roasters in the city – more per capita than anywhere in the world

The modern part of Wellington city is mostly built on reclaimed land. Lambton Quay – the main shopping street (where you board the cable car) follows the original 1840 shoreline

The city is socially and environmentally conscious, declared nuclear weapon free 30 years ago, and was the first capital city in the southern hemisphere to gain Fair Trade status

It is the only capital city in the “Roaring Forties” latitudes which explains the wind – the average number of windy days over 34 knots or 63km per hour  is 199 per year   

Tourism is a vital contributor to Wellington's economy, with NZ$1.4 billion in expenditure per year – that's over NZ$2600 per minute and an average of $3.8 million per day

Wellington is home to New Zealand’s oldest public bar, The Thistle Inn, where it’s said that Maori chief Te Rauparaha used to pull up his canoe and stop for a drink

Wellington is  home to  New Zealand director Sir Peter Jackson whose film empire has earned the city  the nickname ‘Wellywood’

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is in Wellington. The colossal squid on exhibit is the only intact one in the world and has eyes as big as footballs

Zealandia eco-sanctuary , a few minutes from the CBD, is a haven for some of NZ’s rarest animals and one of the world’s most ambitious urban conservation projects

In 2014 Wellington’s Rimutaka Cycle Trail was named one of ‘the world's hottest travel experiences’ by Lonely Planet.


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