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Named capital of New Zealand in 1865, Wellington was first settled by the Maori around the 11th century. Europeans arrived in the mid-1800s. The compact centre is easy to explore on foot. Take a nocturnal tour of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some colourful inhabitants. People-watch while sipping coffee in lively Courtney Place. Discover the city's Maori roots at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, plus more of its identity at the Museum of New Zealand. Survey the city from scenic Mount Victoria. In recent years Wellington has stamped its place firmly on the world map as the home of New Zealand’s dynamic film industry, earning itself the nickname ‘Wellywood’.

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