Why Wellington

Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy, New Zealand’s compact capital features a compelling mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine

The Welington Way overview of city

Perched on the water’s edge and nestled among wooded hills, it’s no surprise that New Zealand’s creative and cultural capital often ranks highly as one of the most livable cities in the world.

Ideally located in the middle of New Zealand, access is easy to a city that boasts everything from a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and award-winning eateries, coffee, local wine and craft beer through to thriving industries and world-class education institutes.

Whether your area of expertise is in ICT, engineering, business and finance or health and construction there are endless exciting possibilities.

Outside of work, with the Wellington region being an outdoor lover’s paradise, there’s a myriad of mountain bike tracks, walking trails and surf beaches to explore too, all within a stone’s throw from the CBD.

Location is everything

Nestled at the bottom of the North Island in New Zealand, the Wellington region is easily accessible by car, train, ferry and plane - Wellington Airport is just a 15-minute drive from the heart of the city.

The daily commute is easy too, with trains, ferries, buses, electric bikes and scooters connecting you from home to work. In fact the average Wellington commute is just 25 minutes.

With the CBD only two kilometres wide, our compact city also means you can take advantage of walking to work, or to your next meeting.

Live the good life

The Wellington region offers a relaxed, easy going lifestyle with short commutes, low levels of pollution, and the people here take work-life balance very seriously. Sitting quietly between the sea and acres of regional parks, forests and mountains, our city is not just surrounded by nature, we’re immersed in it.

It means you can step out of your home or office and the great outdoors is right on your doorstep – run along Wellington’s picturesque waterfront or explore the hundreds of walking or bike trails. And that’s before you consider all the other regional walks, treks, bike trails, surf beaches and waterfronts we have if you venture further afield to the likes of Kapiti, Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

If you've got kids, we have more great news - there are more than 100 playgrounds and parks in Wellington city alone. It’s no wonder Wellingtonians never sit idle.

It’s also why Wellingtonians top the charts when it comes to quality of life - the latest Nielsen Quality of Life survey shows 89 percent of those questioned perceive the Wellington region as a great place to live, and 89 percent rate their overall quality of life as “very good”.

Makara Peak_mountain bikers contemplating the view

Wellington is one of the only capital cities in the world accredited as a 'Safe Community’.

Endorsed by the World Health Organisation

Couple having a drink at Hawthorn Lounge bar

Soak up the nightlife

Wellington’s vibrant night scene means you are spoilt for choice. Cuba Street and Courtenay Place are Wellington's favourite precincts of fun and entertainment where the party never seems to stop.

Take in a show or movie, swing by Wellington’s array of local bars, clubs or cocktail lounges, catch some DJ tunes or live music, and party or catch up with friends and colleagues at late night drinking holes.

Foodies’ paradise

Wellington boasts talented brewers, world-famous wineries and top-notch cafés and restaurants.

Whether it’s having morning tea over a perfect flat white, popping out for a quick lunch or wining and dining with family and friends in the evening, Wellington has something to curb any craving.

And good food isn’t just found on the central streets of Wellington city - Lower Hutt, Petone, Porirua and Wellington’s suburbs, not to mention countless other spots around the region, boast some of New Zealand’s top eateries.

Whether it’s icecream, chocolate, fried chicken or wood-fired pizza, when it comes to treating your tastebuds the possibilities are endless.

Rogue Burger seating
The Botanist brunch eggs
Egmont Street Eater Palliser
CubaDupa 2021 crowded street screen at night

Cultural and creative

Renowned for its creative and cultural heart, experience for yourself the creative spirit and artistic flair that sets Wellington apart.

From huge cultural festivals to colourful annual pride parades and a thriving LGBTQI+ community, Wellington thrives on immigration and diversity.

There are always Wellington bands playing at a local bar, student art exhibitions, pop-up events to keep you on your toes, or take in artworks and enjoy theatre performances.

For sports lovers, there’s also rugby, netball and cricket, just to name a few, played here throughout the year.

Community focus

Our rich cultural scene makes it as exciting for singles as it is welcoming for families in Wellington. There are more than 80 nationalities represented in the region, with Statistics New Zealand figures showing about 25 percent of people in the city were born overseas.

You’ll find Wellingtonians among the most welcome and accepting people you’ll ever meet. We love new people in our region and are quick to learn and celebrate different cultures, identities and abilities in our personal communities and workplaces.

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.