Famous for arts, culture, cuisine and lifestyle, Wellington is New Zealand’s vibrant capital city, centrally located at the southern tip of the North Island.

With its energetic and creative atmosphere, Wellington has been called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’. Wellingtonians enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, close to nature, thanks to its harbourside setting and 425 hectares of bush-clad town belt. Said to have more cafés, bars and restaurants per capita than New York, the city is known for its lively nightlife and world-class culinary scene. Already proud of its internationally-recognised coffee culture, Wellington has become the hub of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, with experimental breweries and specialist bars popping up all over the city.

Home to national museums, galleries and theatres, the city is at the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture, and Wellington’s innovative film production and digital technology sectors have built a worldwide reputation. The city combines the sophistication, cosmopolitan outlook and global reach of a capital city, along with the warmth and personality of a village.

Wellington is home to New Zealand’s only professional football club, Wellington Phoenix, who play in Australia’s A-League. Home matches are played at Westpac Stadium, (capacity 36,000), known by Phoenix fans as ‘The Ring of Fire’, or the Cake-Tin. Wellington was also the venue for the match that saw New Zealand qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ for only the second time. The city has produced numerous players who have had played professionally in top leagues, most notably Oceania Player of the Century, Wynton Rufer (striker for Werder Bremen 1989-95).