Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and the home of its Parliament, Executive and Judiciary as well as the Diplomatic Corps.
Wellington is also New Zealand’s cultural capital. The city is home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the biennial New Zealand International Festival of the Arts.
Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries, such as film and computer technology, and played a key role in the filming of the award-winning movie trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. It is also the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.
The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour. From the central business district, it is only a quick drive to find rugged coastlines and beautiful countryside. To find out more, visit the Wellington City Council website (opens in a new window)
Wellington has a vibrant gay and lesbian community, with several bars and social and welfare groups. In addition to Wellington Frontrunners, there is also a swimming group, Different Strokes Wellington (DSW). More information can be found on the Gay Express newspaper website, GayNZ.com website and the Rainbow Wellington website (opens in a new window)
About New Zealand
Aotearoa New Zealand is a modern country with a well-developed economy and a democratic government structure based on the Westminister parliamentary system. An independent nation and founding member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations, New Zealand has diverse multi-cultural population of about 4.3 million people.
New Zealand has a strong human rights record and was the first country in the world to enfranchise women (1893). Homosexual acts in private were decriminalised in 1986. The New Zealand Parliament has subsequently passed laws outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and HIV status in 1993 and introduced civil unions alongside marriage in 2005. In 2013, New Zealand became the 13th nation in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific to legalise same-sex marriage.
To find out more about New Zealand, visit the Te Ara website