New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, is bursting with culture and the influence of amazing artists.

Housing the Beehive and home to New Zealand's Parliament, Wellington is undoubtedly the political and creative capital of the country. Sitting near the southernmost point on the North Island, this compact city encompasses the stunning Wellington Harbour, waterfront promenades, and sandy beaches like Oriental Bay.

Known globally as one of the most liveable cities - and coolest little capital - in the world, the Windy City showcases a variety of architectural styles. Walking along Cuba Street and Lambton Quay, you’ll find trendy cafés, shops and local roasteries. And, on the weekends, many bars feature live music. In addition, Wellington Zoo, the night market and the Botanic Gardens offer enjoyable experiences for the entire family.

The temperate climate, peaceful lifestyle, booming tech and creative industries, and lower cost of living make moving to Wellington an attractive option for young professionals and families. You can’t beat Wellington for world-class public secondary schools and private schools. For tertiary education seekers, Victoria University and Massey University offer a variety of programs and courses with an emphasis on future-oriented skills.

With easy access to stunning scenery, those looking to start a new life in New Zealand’s capital city will find numerous job opportunities, outdoor activities and friendly locals to welcome you.

Buying & Renting

The Wellington housing market is continually evolving, so for all the latest rates on buying and renting homes, take a look at the latest market reports by Barfoot & Thompson.

Mortgage rates are competitive, and you have many options if you’re looking to buy. Local banks and financial institutions offer flexibility in terms and rates. If you’re unfamiliar with the New Zealand banking environment, look into mortgage brokers. See here for all the latest in interest rates offered by major lenders.

The NZ Tenancy Services website is a great place to start if you want to rent. You’ll find plenty of housing options in the city, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, and the wider Wellington region. Take a look at Getting Ready To Rent and Market Rent by suburb to start, and go from there. You can also visit Trade Me Property or Real Estate NZ.

Research property trends and values at QV Valuations or QV House Price Index.


Wellington City offers accommodation options to suit a wide range of tastes, styles and budgets.


Driver licences from certain countries are valid in New Zealand for either 12 months or until their expiry date, whichever comes first. For licences from countries not covered, an international driving permit is required. However, after 12 months, either option must be replaced by a New Zealand driving licence. For further details, visit the New Zealand Transport Agency website.

Wellington has an extensive public transport network to make it easy for those living in Wellington to get around. Buses run frequently, connecting many suburbs and areas of Wellington, as do the ferry and rail services. Search here for detailed information on the timetables and services for the Wellington transport network.

Food, Entertainment & Shopping

Bursting with art and history, Wellington always has something going on. Living in the world’s most liveable city means your everyday life offers endless options for dining and weekend activities!

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Further Information

Cost of Living in New Zealand

New Zealand Immigration

New Zealand Inland Revenue