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Accolades and achievements

From the country’s most successful online business, to wines that grace the tables of the world; from studios making Oscar-winning movies, to technology that is changing how people live and work – Wellington is a region of innovation, diversity and creativity.

Livability

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With a renowned quality of life, affordable housing, and high quality healthcare and education facilities, Wellington is a great place to call home. 

Wellington named best city in the world for quality of livingDeutsche Bank, 2017
Wellington was named second cleanest capital in the worldDaily Telegraph, 2017
Wellington was ranked in the top 10 cities in the world for quality of livingMercer Quality of Living Survey, 2016
Wellington has the most affordable city housing in New ZealandReal Estate Institute of New Zealand, 2015
92% of Wellingtonians agree or strongly agree that Wellington is a great place to liveNielsen Quality of Life Survey, 2014
Wellington was named the most affordable city in Australasia Mercer Cost of Living Survey, 2014
Wellington has the highest quality of life in New ZealandMercer Quality of Living Survey, 2014
Wellington has a walk score of 98, making it a 'walker's paradise'Walk Score, 2014 
Wellington is the only capital city in the world to achieve "Safe Community" statusWorld Health Organisation, 2012

Visitor

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Called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’, Wellington is known for its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. Set around a sparkling harbour and lush green hills, Wellington is the perfect balance of urban culture and the great outdoors. 

National Geographic named Wellington in the top six food cities in the world

National Geographic, 2017 

Lonely Planet named Wellington the best beer destination in Australasia.

Lonely Planet, 2017

The Guardian named Wellington's Weta Workshop in the top 10 best film studio tours in the world

The Guardian, 2016

Huffington Post named Wellington one of the most innovative and creative cities in the world

Huffington Post, 2016 

Rough Guides ranked Wellington 6th place in the top 10 city destinations for 2015 Rough Guides, 2015
Lonely Planet named Wellington's Rimutaka Cycle Trail as one of the hottest new travel experiencesLonely Planet, 2015
BBC named Wellington one of the hottest cities in the world to visitBBC, 2015
CNN named Wellington as one of the world's 8 great coffee citiesCNN, 2014
Wellington's Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, was ranked in the top 25 museums in the worldTrip Advisor Travellers Choice, 2015
Vogue named Wellington the coolest little city in the worldVogue, 2014
Lonely Planted rated Wellington as the coolest little capital in the worldLonely Planet, 2011

Business

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As New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is a hub of creativity and connectivity; an environment where people and companies deliver more, for less. High-tech, high-growth and highly innovative, Wellington businesses are globally competitive with success stories on every corner.

Wellington as the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies in New ZealandNew Zealand Trade and Enterprise, 2016
Wellington was named in the top 25 most innovative cities in the Asia-Pacific regionFDI Intelligence, 2015
Wellington has the highest GDP per capita in New ZealandWellington City Council, 2015
FDI Intelligence ranked Wellington as the 2nd best small city for investmentFDI Intelligence, 2015 
Employment website, Seek, rated Wellington as the city with the highest advertised salary in New ZealandSeek, 2015
FDI Intelligence ranked Wellington's labour environment the best in the Asia-Pacific regionFDI Intelligence, 2014

Student

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Wellington offers world class education facilities surrounded by innovative, globally connected businesses, at the heart of one of the world's most respected democracies. New Zealand’s education system is also consistently ranked as one of the very best in the world, ensuring internationally recognised and transferable qualifications.

Wellington has the most highly educated population in New Zealand Statistics New Zealand, 2013
Victoria University is ranked number one in New Zealand for research quality Performance Based Research Fund, 2012
Both Victoria University and Massey University are ranked in the QS World University top 500 rankingsQS World University Rankings, 2016
Both universities also have programmes ranked in the top 50 in the world QS World University Rankings, 2016
Massey University's design school was ranked 3rd in the Asia-Pacific regionRed Dot, 2015
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