Wellington Harbour is the large natural harbour at the southern tip of New Zealand
's North Island. New Zealand's capital, Wellington, is on the western side of Wellington Harbour. The harbour was officially named Port Nicholson until it assumed its current name in the 1980s.
Wellington Harbour is an arm of Cook Strait, covering 70 km sq, with a two-km wide entrance at its southern end between Pencarrow Head and the Miramar Peninsula.The central city suburbs spread around the hills overlooking the west and south-west of Wellington Harbour and its two large bays: Lambton Harbour and Evans Bay.Evans Bay is an inlet between Mt Victoria and the Miramar Peninsula on the flight path to low-lying Wellington Airport. Another smaller bay, popular for its beach and cafes, is Oriental Bay.
Wellington Harbour is a significant port serving the lower North Island, with the Greater Wellington Regional Council-owned company Centreport recording around 14,000 commercial shipping movements each year.The harbour is also used by inter-island ferries, linking Wellington to Picton.