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Broadeaves - Wellington
Spoil yourself...you deserve it.
Located in the heart of Waikanae, only 50 minutes from the hustle & bustle of Wellington, along the scenic coast. Whether it's for a romantic night away or a family holiday, we cater for all
Island Bay Homestay - Wellington
We live in an eleven year old Lockwood house, at the end of High Street in a very private section. Our land goes three quarters of the way up the hill and above that is Town Belt.
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Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke in Maori) is the capital of New Zealand, the country's second largest urban area and the most populous national capital in Oceania. Wellington is in the Wellington Region and stands at the southern tip of the North Island in the geographical centre of the country.

Like many cities, Wellington's urban area extends well beyond the boundaries of a single local authority. Greater Wellington or the Wellington Region means the entire urban area, plus the rural parts of the cities and the Kapiti Coast, and across the Rimutaka Range to the Wairarapa.
Arts and culture

Wellington is the arts and culture capital of New Zealand, and is the centre of the nation's film industry. Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and a growing team of creative professionals have managed to turn the eastern suburb of Miramar into one of the world's finest film-making infrastructures. Directors, like Jane Campion and Vincent Ward, have managed to reach the world's screens with their independent spirit. Emerging Kiwi film-makers, like Taika Waititi, Charlie Bleakley, Costa Botes and Jennifer Bush-Daumec, are extending the Wellington-based lineage and cinematic scope.

Wellington is home to Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the national opera company, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, City Gallery, Chamber Music New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Ballet, St. James Theatre, Downstage Theatre, Bats Theatre and Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

The once-prosaic capital has become home to dozens of high-profile events and cultural celebration. The city now hosts a biennial International Festival of the Arts, annual International Jazz Festival, and major events such as Cuba Street Carnival, New Zealand Fringe Festival, Summer City, New Zealand Affordable Art Show, numerous film festivals, and World of Wearable Art. Many of the city's neighbourhoods and ethnic communities also host annual festivals, all helping transform the city into the envy of New Zealand.

The local music scene, on the success of bands like The Phoenix Foundation, Shihad, Fat Freddy's Drop, and The Black Seeds has become a diverse and thriving pool of talent. The New Zealand School of Music was established in 2005 through a merger of the conservatory and theory programmes at Massey University and Victoria University.

Poet Bill Manhire, director of the International Institute of Modern letters, has turned the Creative Writing Programme at Victoria University into a forge of new literary activity. Te Whaea, New Zealand's university-level school of dance and drama, and tertiary institutions such as The Learning Connexion, offer training and creative development for the next generation.

The city's new Arts Centre, Toi Poneke serves as a nexus of creative projects, collaborations, and multi-disciplinary production. Arts Programmes and Services Manager Eric Holowacz and a small team based in the Abel Smith Street facility have produced ambitious new initiatives such as Opening Notes, Drive by Art, the annual Artsplash Festival, and new public art projects.

As a capital city, Wellington is home to diplomatic missions with cultural officers ready to interface with these aspects of the City's life. In the early part of the 21st century, Wellington has confirmed its place as a vibrant centre of arts, culture, and creativity in the South Pacific.