Wellington [ wel ɪ ŋ tən], capital of New Zealand, at the south end of the North Island, on a bay (Port Nicholson) the Cook Strait, (2019) 209 420 residents.
Catholic archbishopric, Anglican bishopric; Seat of the Royal Society of New Zealand et al. scientific societies, university (founded 1899), branch of the University of Palmerston North, several scientific institutes, Maori Education Foundation, observatory, national museum (»Te Papa«, German »Our place«), ethnological, oceanographic, maritime museum, National Art Gallery, National Library and Archives, Opera; Planetarium, botanical and zoological garden. Wellington forms with neighboring cities in the Hutt Valley (including Lower Hutt) the second most important industrial agglomeration in New Zealand (after Auckland), mechanical engineering, shipyards, textile and clothing, chemical, plastics, food and others. Industry, the film industry and information technology as well as finance and insurance are of great importance. Wellington is New Zealand’s transport hub: rail ferry to Picton (South Island), ferry to Lyttleton (Christchurch), commercial port, Rongotai international airport. Wellington’s landmark is the cable car to Kelburn Hill (122 m above sea level).
The former Old Saint Paul’s Church (1866) is an example of 19th century New Gothic wooden architecture in New Zealand; also Old Government Buildings, 76.5 m long (1876, expanded in 1897 and 1907). Modern business city with The Michael Fowler Center.
The city, named after the Duke of Wellington, dates back to a British settlement in 1839. In 1865 the seat of government was moved from Auckland to Wellington. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes caused severe damage to Wellington.
- Abbreviation: WGN
- Country: New Zealand
List of Wellington Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations for Wellington is WGN which stands for Wellington. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Wellington, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.