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Wellington or Te Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Māui, meaning The Head of the Fish of Māui (often shortened to Te Upoko-o-te-Ika), a traditional name for the southernmost part of the North Island, derives from the legend of the fishing up of the island by the demigod Māui. Nickname(s): Wellywood, the Windy City, Welly. Wellington is at the south-western tip of the North Island on Cook Strait, the passage that separates the North and South Islands. On a clear day the snowcapped Kaikoura Ranges are visible to the south across the strait. To the north are the golden beaches of the Kapiti Coast. On the east the Rimutaka Range divides Wellington from the broad plains of the Wairarapa, a wine region of national acclaim. With a latitude of 41° 17' S, Wellington is the southernmost national capital city in the world. It is more densely populated than most other settlements in New Zealand, due to the small amount of building space available between the harbour and the surrounding hills. The city is the third most populous urban area of New Zealand as Wellington has very few suitable areas in which to expand and this has resulted in the development of the surrounding cities in the greater urban area. With its exposure to intense winds coming through Cook Strait, the city gained the nickname Windy Wellington. Wellington was named after Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo. The Duke's title comes from the town of Wellington in the English county of Somerset. In its most restrictive definition, the Wellington Region covers just the four territorial authorities in the region with city status: Lower Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington.Wellington's charm is that it serves up a vibrant inner city experience with a slice of New Zealand scenery as it is surrounded by hills, a rugged coastline and a stunning harbour.

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