Move to Wellington

Set on a stunning harbour and surrounded by nature, life really is good in Wellington

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New Zealand’s cultural and creative capital is a place where everyone belongs. Find out everything you need to know about making Wellington your new home.

Before you make the move to Wellington, take a look at this basic checklist and do some homework to alleviate any stress and hassles. The New Zealand Government website New Zealand Now is jam-packed with useful information to help get you settled as well.

Moving here

You could be eligible for a range of New Zealand visas, depending on your circumstances, skills and whether you want to work here temporarily or permanently.

Immigration New Zealand has all the information you need to live and work here. If you want to know more about Wellington check out our local facts and figures.

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Settling in

Find out all about Wellington’s people and culture or check out why Wellington tops Deutsche Bank's list of 50 most liveable global cities, coming out at number one with the best quality of life.

Support is important on your arrival and there are numerous organisations that can help you settle into your new environment. Citizens’s Advice Bureau can point you in the right direction. Libraries are a great local resource too, and can provide a wealth of information.

Job hunting

Work in Wellington may help you to take that next step. TradeMe, Seek and Working in New Zealand can help you search for jobs and employers, as well as the public service job hub.