Living your best life in Wellington

Wellington is so much more than a capital city. It’s a lifestyle choice.

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Nestled at bottom of the North Island in New Zealand (yes, there are two islands), Wellington provides a lot of pros compared to many capital cities.

Smack bang in the middle of nature, Wellington has a diverse range of landscapes, sitting quietly between the sea and acres of regional parks, forests and mountains. We’re not just surrounded by nature, we’re immersed in it.

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There’s a reason Wellington often ranks highly as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It offers a relaxed, easy going lifestyle with short commutes, low levels of pollution, and people here take work-life balance very seriously. We have the great outdoors as our backyard, and we want you to see it.

Commuting around the capital is a breeze. When you can, we recommend walking. After all, Wellingtonians are the fittest residents of any city in the country.

You can explore the compact flat CBD easily on foot, bike or via public transport, and if you want to venture further afield there's plenty of transport options, including bus and train, to help you explore the Greater Wellington Region.

Wellington's talent pool of well educated, worldly and skilled people is the region's greatest asset, with Wellington workers being better educated than the average New Zealander. With work opportunities for the creatively inclined, to future culinary leaders, tech enthusiasts, film makers, game developers, beer barons, academics and social entrepreneurs, whatever your calling, you can find it in Wellington.  

Wellington isn’t just for anyone, it’s for everyone.

From huge cultural festivals to colourful annual pride parades and a thriving LGBTQI+ community, Wellington thrives on immigration and diversity, with Statistics New Zealand estimating around 25% of the people in the city being born overseas. Our rich cultural scene makes it as exciting for singles as it is welcoming for families.

And if you've got kids, we have great news, there are more than 100 playgrounds and parks in Wellington city alone. And that’s before you consider all the regional walks, treks, trails and waterfronts we have.

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Ranked second in the world for the personal safety of its residents and visitors, Wellington is one of the only capital cities in the world accredited as a 'Safe Community’ – a ranking endorsed by the World Health Organisation.

And if all of that hasn’t convinced you, it's the beating heart of the New Zealand film industry, where Hobbits and Vampires alike come to life. And don’t forget, Wellington is located in the middle of Middle Earth, it's a fantastic base to explore the rest of our beautiful country.

Wellington Trails

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Wellington trails are likely to make you fall in love (or fall back in love) with the Wellington region

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