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Windy Wellington: Opposite to Auckland in Almost Every Way

Windy Wellington. The antithesis to Auckland in so many ways. Auckland was originally the capital of New Zealand, but Wellington later became the capital in order to have a better meeting place for people from both islands. Wellington is on the southern tip of the North Island, just across from the top of the South Island. However, it’s hard to imagine two cities so opposite to each other that have served the same purpose at some point in time.

Auckland is the financial centre of New Zealand and everything in the corporate realm. It is a great city, but it feels much more of an American city than Wellington, which mirrors many European cities. Art and culture are intertwined in the funky capital. Tattoos and dreadlocks replace the suits and BMWs of Auckland. Even the public toilets have character.

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