Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range. Wellington is the major population center of the southern North Island and is the administrative center of the Wellington Region, which also includes the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. It is the world's southernmost capital of a sovereign state. Wellington offers a variety of college and university programs for post-secondary students. Victoria University of Wellington, Massey Business School, and Massey University are some of the major universities in Wellington.
The climate of Wellington is temperate marine, generally moderate all year round with warm summers and mild winters. The city is notorious for its southerly blasts in winter, which may make the temperature feel much colder. It is generally very windy all year round and is the world's windiest city by average wind speed, with high rainfall. Snow is very rare at low altitudes.
Wellington is home to many high-profile events and cultural celebrations, including the biennial New Zealand Festival of the Arts, biennial Wellington Jazz Festival, biennial Capital E National Arts Festival for Children, and major events such as Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art, TEDxWellington, Cuba Street Carnival, Visa Wellington on a Plate, New Zealand Fringe Festival and many more.
The main tourism highlight-the magnificent Museum of New Zealand is located near the waterfront, and the quaint Wellington Cable Car provides a scenic and extremely fun alternative to puffing up the hill to the Kelburn Lookout. Another iconic building in Wellington is The Beehive, the site of New Zealand's parliament.
Wellington is characterized by small dining establishments, and its cafe culture is internationally recognized and it is also known for its large number of coffeehouses. Wellington Restaurants offer cuisines including from Europe, Asia, and Polynesia, for dishes that have a distinctly New Zealand style, there are lamb, pork and venison, salmon, lobster, Bluff oysters, abalone, mussels, scallops and more also kiwifruit and tamarillo and pavlova are some of the national desserts.