Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and the world’s southernmost capital city. It also New Zealand’s cultural capital.
About 179,466 people live in Wellington city and 448,959 people live in the Wellington region.
Wellington city’s population accounts for 4.45% of the New Zealand population and is expected to see steady growth over the next decade. The Wellington region contains 11.1% of New Zealand’s population.
The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty. From the central business district, it is only a quick drive to find stunning countryside and rugged coastlines. Nearly all Wellington residents are within 3 kilometres of the coastline, and the city has 109 parks and playgrounds. As a region Wellington has a diverse range of landscapes including 50,000 hectares of regional parks and forests.
Wellington has more sunshine hours than London and less rainfall than Auckland. The warmest month is February, 17°C average. The coldest month is July 8.7°C average. The average daily maximum for mid summer is 20.3°C. The average daily minimum for mid winter is 5.9°C. The average annual sunshine is 2025 hours and the average annual rainfall is 1270mm
Wellington is home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).The Wellington region is strong in a diverse array of industries. In the global marketplace local sectors that are making their mark include: Creative; Film and Television; Information Communication Technology; Manufacturing; Education; Consultancy and Biotechnology.
Positively Wellington Business works closely with these outward-focused, export-driven sectors. These sectors are recognised as key to the health and future growth of the Wellington regional economy.