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Move to Wellington

Before you make your move to the coolest little capital, there are a few things you’ll need to have organised to make settling in here a breeze.

Mt Victoria from Wellington Waterfront hi res

Where to live

Living in a compact city has its benefits. The commute to work here is short and sweet - around 25 minutes or less, and 90% of residents live within 400m of a public transport route. 

The suburbs in Wellington are full of character and each has its own unique charm. Whether you’d like to live by the sea or close to nature, near the CBD or somewhere with a view – Wellington’s suburbs have got something for everyone.

Finding property

Wellington is a great place to live and it’s super affordable to live here too. With a median house price of $536,065 we comfortably sit below the national average of $612,527 and well below Auckland’s $1,013,632 median house price.

If you’re wanting to buy or rent property in Wellington, search our online property listings, which are pulled from Wellington’s own Trade Me Property website. 

Open 2 View is also a good place to start. You can contact real estate companies directly as well – try Harcourts, Professionals and Remax.

Get in touch with rental agencies such as Quinovic, Oxygen and HomeAds to keep updated on rental properties in Wellington.

Newcomer essentials

New Zealand ready

IRD number

Bank account

Drivers licence

Beanbags outside St Johns

Migrant support

It’s important to have people who can support your move to Wellington and make it feel like home. We’ve listed a few organisations you can reach out to in Wellington to make your new life here awesome.

Immigration New Zealand can provide you with support to help you settle in. They also have some information on Wellington specific support services.  

The Wellington Newcomers Network is a great place for migrants to find out info on all things Wellington and to connect with and meet new people. The Citizens Advice Bureau also provides support and advice to citizens and new people to New Zealand, available in 26 languages.

Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce offers a Skilled Newcomers Programme, designed to support skilled migrants who are looking for work by connecting them with employers.

Meet people

There are plenty of ways you can meet people in Wellington, including those who have also just moved here. You can also join one of the many meetups happening in Wellington to connect with like-minded people.

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