Wellington City, the capital city of New Zealand, is situated at the southern tip of the North Island in the geographical centre of the country. The city spreads over more than 18,000 acres of land and is built on the shores and the surrounding hills of Port Nicholson, an almost landlocked natural harbour of 31 sq. miles, considered to be one of the finest harbours in the world. Port Nicholson, the Maori name for which is Whanganui a Tara, was named in 1826 by Captain Herd, of the First New Zealand Company, in honour of a friend who was the harbourmaster at Port Jackson, Australia. From many vantage points of easy access overlooking the city, including Mount Victoria, Kelburn, Brooklyn, Wadestown, and Khandallah, a wide panorama of splendid views can be obtained, ranging from a foreground of massive buildings and busy wharves to the background of rugged hills studded with suburban homes. Wellington's rocky coastline affords few sandy bathing beaches, but the marine drive from Ohiro Bay to Eastbourne compensates for this lack.