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5. Wellington, New Zealand Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, supports an impressive arts scene, café culture and nightlife for a city of fewer than half a million residents. The site where part of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was shot, the city is known as the center of New Zealand’s film industry. Currency value change since 2008: 6% decrease. Read more: • Wellington tourism
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