Location and Culture
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, with a metropolitan population of approximately 390,000. The city houses Parliament, head offices of all government ministries and departments, and most foreign diplomatic missions. It’s also a cultural center with many museums, a vibrant film and theatre industry, symphony and ballet companies, and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival, all of which helped it earn the title of “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet. Wellington has a temperature marine climate with moderate weather year-round. Average temperatures in February (New Zealand’s summertime), range from 56°F to 69°F.
Housing and Meals
WPI students in Wellington will reside in self-catered, two- or three-bedroom apartments. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice, and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
New Zealand cuisine is largely British-based with Maori, Mediterranean, and Asian influences. As in Britain and Australia, fish and chips, meat pies, vegemite, and roast lamb are common meals. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns or dietary restrictions or allergies in advance of participation in this program.
Past students at the Wellington project center have:
- Evaluated public perception of sea lions and made recommendations to promote education about this “nationally critical” species
- Made recommendations on how to balance preservation and safety for historical buildings in earthquake-prone areas
- Conducted a feasibility analysis for a hydroponic greenhouse in a Maori community