Wellington is the capital and second-largest city in New Zealand. The area surrounding the city is best-known to the international community through its film tourism. Most notably, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings film series both used the lush green fields surrounding the city for some of their most visually stunning scenes.
The city's cosmopolitan population promotes the city as Absolutely Positively Wellington, a great introduction to the city visitors called Coolest Little Capital in the World. It is also one of the most affordable, both for foreign visitors, expatriates, and multinational companies. The city's colonial-style weatherboard houses are reminiscent of its 19th century roots, and its plethora of sculptures and unique sights make it a very special destination for world travelers.
New Zealand relies on Wellington as its chief seaport. Wellington Harbour is the point of entry for the vast majority of New Zealand imports, and the port is a popular stop for cruise ships traveling through the region.
While much of New Zealand's heavy industry, finance, and technology companies have moved to Auckland, Wellington remains the country's foremost player in film, arts, culture, and education. The local tourism industry is dominated by the steady stream of cruise ships that visit the city, with many onshore travelers making special trips to the Wellington Zoo or the charming and historic Wellington Cable Car.
Wellington has a temperate marine climate and averages just above 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. The city rarely gets too hot or too cold, but it does experience windy southerly blasts every winter, and these can serve to make the city feel much colder than it is. In fact, the city is generally very windy all year round, and while snow is uncommon, frosts are.