The 1897 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.
John Rutherford Blair
In 1897 incumbent Mayor Francis Bell retired leading to the chairman of the Wellington Education Board John Rutherford Blair being elected to office as the new Mayor of Wellington, beating challenges from MP George Fisher (a former mayor).
The following table gives the election results: