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Once named the ‘coolest little capital in the World’, what Wellington lacks in size it more than makes up for in personality.
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A Guide to Moving to Wellington

It is the cultural heart of New Zealand, home to dozens of galleries and museums, both the National Symphony Orchestra and Ballet and the centre of New Zealand’s now booming film and theatre industry. Wellington also boasts extraordinary natural beauty, located between the stunning harbour and picture perfect green hills. The climate is mild with temperatures typically ranging between 11°C in the Winter and 20°C in the Summer, ideal for enjoying the outdoors all year round. Costs of living are lower than Auckland and many Australian Cities yet salaries are, on average, the highest in New Zealand, so moving to Wellington could also make great financial sense for potential Expats. With culture, beauty and great opportunities, Wellington really is the little capital that could.

Areas to Live

Petone

Located in the Lower Hutt area north of Wellington City, Petone is perfect for those looking for a seafront location away from the city. It has a large, pristine beach with kayaking, hiking, shopping and golfing right on the doorstep, a great choice for a busy, active family moving to Wellington.

Seatoun

East of the city on the gorgeous Miramar Penninsula, the coastal suburb of Seatoun is a desirable, picturesque area with great views over Wellington Harbour. Dundas Street, in the centre of the suburb, is home to boutiques, bookshops, cafes and restaurants and there’s even a small nearby beach.

Roseneath

Less than 10 minutes east of the city centre, Roseneath still maintains a laid back, village feel and boasts stunning sea views. There is also an excellent school and the golden sands of Oriental Bay are just a stone’s throw away, perfect for a weekend picnic and dip.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn is the quintessential Wellington hillside suburb, bursting with local history and just 10 minutes from the city or the sea. It is separated from the city by the spacious Central Park and home to the quirky Penthouse Cinema and its very own wind turbine on Pol Hill.

Transport and Getting Around in Wellington

While most still chose to travel by car, Wellington has several first-rate public transport options. There are regular, reliable bus and train services around the city and out to Porirua and Upper and Lower Hutt. Further afield, the Northern Explorer rail line links Wellington with Auckland with spectacular views along the way. Wellington is home to the only guided electric bus network in Oceania, known as Trolleybuses. There are also ferries linking the city with the suburbs of Eastbourne, Petone and Seatoun and even Picton on the South Island.

Leisure Activities and Things to Do in Wellington

There are dozens of great days out around Wellington to keep even the most restless family busy. Take the cable car up into the hills and visit the Botanic Gardens for a picnic and a stroll in beautiful surroundings. There are plenty of fantastic walks, the Makara Peak Track and City to Sea Walkway out to Island Bay are both well worth getting your hiking boots out for.  This cultural city has also an abundance of galleries and museums including the fascinating Museum of Wellington City and Sea and the national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa which is packed with fantastic interactive exhibits to keep the kids occupied. If you fancy a wilder day out, visit the exotic creatures at Wellington Zoo or head to Zealandia Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to see the some adorable wildlife and admirable conservation work. For nightlife, Wellington punches well above its weight with a host of excellent restaurants, bars and music venues concentrated around the bustling Cuba Street and Courtenay Place.

Interesting Facts about Wellington

  • Wellington is the most Southerly capital city in World.
  • Due to its location in the ‘Roaring Forties’, Wellington is known for its strong breezes giving it the nickname ‘Windy Wellington’.
  • Built in 1876, the Old Government Building is the largest wooden building in the Southern Hemisphere and is still used today as part of the Law Faculty of Victoria University.
  • Maori legend has it that the North Island was created when a giant fish was pulled to the surface by a navigator called Maui. The fish became the North Island, giving Wellington its earliest name ‘the head of Maui’s fish’ or ‘Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui’ in Maori.

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