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Accommodation in Wellington

Living in a compact city has its benefits. The commute to work in Wellington City is often short, and with 90% of residents living within 400m of a public transport route, getting to and from work is a breeze.

Buying a house

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The suburbs in Wellington are full of character and each has its own unique charm. Whether you’d like to live by the sea or close to nature, near the CBD or somewhere with a view – Wellington’s suburbs have got something for everyone.

The average house price in the Wellington region is $639,112. By comparison, the average house price in Auckland is $1.05 million (source: QV property trends July 2018)

For extensive listings of homes for sale see the Trade Me Property website. Other options include Open 2 View or contact real estate companies directly - some Wellington-based agencies include Harcourts, Ray White, Lowe & Co, Tommy's, Just Patterson, Bayleys, Leaders, and Guardian First.

For property rating evaluations, property changes and other insights see the QV website.


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The average rent for a house or apartment in Wellington is $485 per week. The average weekly rent in a shared house is $180 per week, with additional costs for food, power, phone and internet. Rental properties are regulated by the government here, so you can have confidence dealing with landlords and property managers.  

For average weekly rental prices in Wellington and suburbs see NZ Tenancy Services.

For rental property agencies, QuinovicOxygen and Comprende all have listings of rental properties in the Wellington Region. If you wish to look at properties independently, TradeMe Property has extensive listings of rentals and 'flatmates wanted' listings.

The rental market can be very tight from January through March as students start looking for accommodation before the start of the university year. If you arrive during this period, we recommend investigating rental options early.