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Living and doing business in Wellington is easy

Wellington offers all the benefits of a big city and region, without the hassle of long commutes and traffic jams. Wellingtonians love getting outdoors and enjoying the work/life balance the city offers, and we're blessed with stunning bays, beaches, and walking and biking tracks mere metres from the CBD.

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Compact City

With a CBD of just 2 kilometers in diameter, you can walk from one side of town to the other in about 25 minutes. Our small size makes your work day more efficient as you can stroll from meeting to meeting around the city. 

The rest of the region and country is also easily accessible by road, rail and air.

Getting to work is a breeze

The daily commute time for Wellingtonians is around 25 minutes or less. This means less time sitting and traffic and fewer hours lost during your work week. Your employees will also find it easy to get to and from work as we have one of the best public transport networks in New Zealand. It’s the best utilised too, with 30% of people choosing to commute daily by bus, train or cycle, whist many others enjoy a healthy walk to work from the inner suburbs.

Affordable real-estate

The median house price in Wellington is $415,000, comfortably below the national median of $450,000. Commercial real estate is also affordable in Wellington's CBD, and there's even more savings are to be made for companies interested in setting up in the suburbs or wider regional locations. Our efficient public transport network means your employees and clients will find it easy to get to your business no matter the location.

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Nature's playground

You'll find it easy to enjoy the great outdoors during your workday in Wellington. 

We've got walking and biking tracks close to the city, as well as stunning bays and beaches calling out for some attention. You’ll have plenty of options to get some fresh air to keep you energised and refreshed so you can get back to business. 

Enjoy your down time

When you’ve got some down time, it's easy to explore the regions, go behind the scenes at our movie making workshop, or wine and dine in one of our many cafes and restaurants. With international events, exciting sports matchesfamily activities and culinary delights on tap, we’ve got your social life in Wellington covered.

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Culinary capital

We're renowned for our culinary scene and our restaurants, cafes and bars are the pride of the city. We've got internationally recognised coffee and craft beer brewers, as well as exquisite vineyards just over the hill in the Wairarapa. It’s common for business meetings to take place over coffee in one of several of the city’s many cafes, and we often wine and dine our guests and clients at one of the many impressive restaurants around the city. 

Quality of life

We’re proud to live in Wellington, and consider it a safe and rewarding place to call home. The Nielsen Quality of Life Survey, released in October 2014, measures the perceptions of residents living in six of the country’s largest urban areas. Wellington came out on top across most categories and 92% agree or strongly agree that Wellington is a great place to live, and 80% are satisfied with life in general in Wellington, which is the highest percentage in New Zealand.