Wellington (pronounced /ˈwælɪŋtən/) is the capital of New Zealand, the country's second largest urban area, the most populous national capital in Oceania and the southern-most capital city in the world. It is in the Wellington region at the southern tip of the North Island, near the geographical centre of the country.
Wellington's urban area is constrained by mountainous terrain and stretches north from the central city along two corridors, the Porirua Basin and the Hutt Valley. The combined area and adjacent rural area is administered by four city councils. Wellington Region is a larger administrative area that includes the Kapiti Coast to the north and the area known as the Wairarapa across the Rimutaka Range to the east.