Move my business to Wellington
Wellington is home to many thriving sectors with expertise on tap, digital connectivity and lifestyle benefits to boot
WellingtonNZ is the Wellington region’s economic development, events and promotions agency, and it’s our goal to make it wildly famous as a place to visit, live, study, work, do business and invest.
Our compact capital is a place of endless possibilities - we are home to New Zealand's Government, we have world-class education institutes, we have a flourishing information and technology industry, we have innovative start-ups alongside established brands and local entrepreneurs, we have high-tech companies with world-renowned reputations for innovation and technical excellence, a high value manufacturing sector, and wine and primary industries nearby.
So whether you’re looking to relocate an established business or set up a new one, we’ve got the tools to help you make it happen. Rest assured you will find your niche in our compact capital that is renowned for its creative, energetic vibe.
Wellington’s central location means we are the ideal base for business, be it in the CBD itself or in the outlying regions such as Kapiti, Porirua or the Hutt Valley, the hub of our high-value manufacturing industry, or further afield to the Wairarapa, home to Wellington’s wine and primary industries.
Our location also means we are easily accessible by road, train, bus, ferry or plane – Wellington Airport is a short drive away from the heart of the city.
When it comes to finding that perfect office, retail or industrial space for your business, there are numerous multi-national and local leasing agencies that can help you. If you’re looking for a flexible base, Wellington has a number of co-working spaces in prime locations, which is also perfect for networking with other professionals from various industries.
Being New Zealand's Government hub and home to a range of industry associations and business networks, there are endless opportunities to connect with the country’s decision-makers and regulators, and other business professionals in your industry. There are also networking and professional events through the likes of the Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce happening year-round, numerous business networking organisations to tap into, and a range of industry-specific associations.
Our economy comprises a range of high-value and leading-edge industries, including screen and creative, manufacturing, technology and the professional services and Government sectors.
Screen and creative
Driven by growth in screen, design, digital, artists and performing arts venues, the vibrant creative and screen sector is significant for Wellington and provides similar levels of employment to retail and construction.
Manufacturing, based in the Hutt Valley, is made up of businesses making high value niche products ranging from precision time keeping hardware, and immersive VR simulators to fire detection and alarm systems and specialist race car seats.
Our highly developed technology industry, with its entrepreneurs, start-ups, R&D and everything in between, continues to grow. Helped by Wellington’s entrepreneurial spirit, the industry is growing about 12 percent on average year on year, has about 16,000 employees and contributes about $2.5 billion annually to the local economy.
Government and Professional Services
Being home to New Zealand’s Government, our Government sector makes up to 17 percent of our workforce. Professional Services, such as consultancy and accounting firms, that support Government and Private organisations is our largest employment sector.
Wellington's business community is interconnected with business leaders, investors, partners and Government, meaning your business has the best possible backing and support systems. Organisations such as ours, WellingtonNZ, and the Wellington Employer's Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to helping you relocate and grow your business.
There are a range of other agencies and organisations to help you expand your business to Wellington, such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Immigration New Zealand provides information and resources for business owners, professionals, and employees relocating to New Zealand too. You’ll find information on applying for visas.
For more details about Wellington, visit NZ Now, for information on taxes for businesses visit Inland Revenue and contact the Overseas Investment Office for approval on buying land, buildings or a company.
The salary guide shows that pay rates vary depending on job categories. A point to note is that the creative thinking of our business leaders complemented by the talented people they recruit means Wellington boasts New Zealand's most educated.