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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.


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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 living Deutsche Bank, 2018
Wellington was named second cleanest capital in the world Daily Telegraph, 2017
Wellington was ranked in the top 10 cities in the world for quality of living Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2016
Wellington has the most affordable city housing in New Zealand Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, 2015
92% of Wellingtonians agree or strongly agree that Wellington is a great place to live Nielsen Quality of Life Survey, 2014
Wellington has the highest quality of life in New Zealand Mercer Quality of Living Survey, 2014
Wellington has a walk score of 98/100, making it a 'walker's paradise' Walk Score 
Wellington is the only capital city in the world to achieve "Safe Community" status World Health Organisation, 2012


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. 

Zealandia and Hiakai named on Time Magazine's 'World's Greatest Places 2019' 

Time Magazine, 2019

Lonely Planet named Wellington the top destination to visit in New Zealand 

Lonely Planet, 2018 

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 experiences Lonely Planet, 2015
BBC named Wellington one of the hottest cities in the world to visit BBC, 2015
CNN named Wellington as one of the world's 8 great coffee cities CNN, 2014
Wellington's Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, was ranked in the top 25 museums in the world Trip Advisor Travellers Choice, 2015
Vogue named Wellington the coolest little city in the world Vogue, 2014


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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 named New Zealand's most creative city in 2017 Infometrics, 2017
Wellington as the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies in New Zealand New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, 2016
Wellington was named in the top 25 most innovative cities in the Asia-Pacific region FDI Intelligence, 2015
Wellington has the highest GDP per capita in New Zealand Wellington City Council, 2015
FDI Intelligence ranked Wellington as the 2nd best small city for investment FDI Intelligence, 2015 
Employment website, Seek, rated Wellington as the city with the highest advertised salary in New Zealand Seek, 2015
FDI Intelligence ranked Wellington's labour environment the best in the Asia-Pacific region FDI Intelligence, 2014



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
Both Victoria University and Massey University are ranked in the QS World University top 500 rankings QS 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 region Red Dot, 2015