Why you should live in Wellington

Wellington is a little city with a big heart. Perched on the harbour’s edge and surrounded by nature, New Zealand’s compact capital is packed with arts, culture, cuisine, disruptive technology and wild ideas

Summer view of Oriental Bay and Wellington CBD

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day” is a saying you’ll come to familiarise yourself with if you ever end up here. At the very bottom of the world, at the bottom of New Zealand’s north island, you’ll find Wellington.

Often described as the most liveable city in the world, "the coolest little capital in the world" and culinary centre of New Zealand (as well as literal capital of the country), Wellington has it all.

Trains, roads, ferries and trails connect the region, making living in one area and commuting to another an easy choice.

If you like getting out in nature, the Wellington region has hundreds of hiking, biking, walking and horse-riding tracks for you to explore.

Hutt wharf sea houses hill
Pauatahanui Inlet houses hills
BE Margrain vineyard villas vineyard blue sky outdoors
Mount Victoria Lookout

Our picturesque, harbour city is nestled neatly between wooded hills where steep streets lined with charming weatherboard homes are reminiscent of San Francisco, while the CBD itself is flat and compact, making it really easy to walk around. From world class arts and entertainment, creative craft markets and artisan food stalls, to hole-in-the-wall cafes and fine dining restaurants, you’re spoiled for choice.

Career opportunities are endless in a city that prides itself on trying something new. Wellington offers thousands of exciting possibilities regardless of your background, with career pathways, internships and graduate programmes to help you propel your career. We live to work here, not work to live.

We're also home to some of the most exciting globally-renowned companies in the world. It may be small (as capital cities go) but Wellington has a lot going on. Push a little further north of the city and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Martinborough’s vineyards. Head south, and you’ve found your gate to the wonders of the South Island. What else would you need?

A father spent a year living in four spots around the world with his family to discover new ways to raise his kids. First up was spending January through mid-April in Wellington, New Zealand – Kois’ favourite of the four destinations.


Oriental Bay people walkway

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