The 1896 Wellington City mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections held that same year. The polling was conducted using the standard first-past-the-post electoral method.
In 1896 incumbent Mayor George Fisher was defeated by former Mayor Francis Bell. Bell had served as Mayor from 1891 to 1893.
The following table gives the election results:
- ^ "The Mayoralty Elections". Evening Post. Vol. LII, no. 159. 26 November 1896. p. 2. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- Betts, G.M. (1970). Betts on Wellington: A City and its Politics. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed Ltd. ISBN 0 589 00469 7.