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Photos by Wellington Tourism

Beautiful Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, lies at the southern tip of the North Island, in a striking setting around a harbour & surrounded by mountains.  As the center of the country, it is a major crossroads between the two islands.

The earliest name for Wellington, from Maori legend, is Te Upoko o te Ika a  Maui. In Maori it means "at the head of Maui's fish". Caught and pulled to the  surface by Polynesian navigator, Maui, the fish became the North Island. Evidence  of early Maori settlement and cultivation can be found at sites all around the  Wellington peninsula.

With a temperate climate (summers rarely see temperatures above 69 degrees and winters are mild, with 43 - 52 degree temperatures),  Wellington averages 2060 hours of sunshine a year, making it a perfect place for all sorts of outdoor activities.  The city is very compact, intimate & walkable.

Photo by Te Papa Museum

The soft, gentle countryside is just a short way from bustling downtown Wellington.

Te Papa ("our place" in Maori) is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised  world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum  experiences.  Entry is free, though charges apply to some  short-term exhibitions and activities.

New Zealand's geology and natural environment and the stories of New Zealand's  indigenous people, the Maori, are celebrated in Te Papa's permanent exhibitions,  while Te Papa's Marae is a vibrant contemporary meeting house and a living  communal centre, unique in a museum.

And don't forget the largest ever Colossal Squid to be  defrosted and dissected!

Photos courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

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