Wellington is a beautiful city that sits along the sheltered banks of the Wellington Harbour and is backed by picturesque and verdant hills.
The city has been described by many as the San Francisco of the Pacific. Its boardwalk, botanical garden, cable-car, beautiful look-outs, and thriving
cafés call to mind the bustling activity of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and Telegraph Hill.
(Here's a good map of the downtown: http://www.wellingtonnz.com/files/uploads/About_Wellington/Wellington_downtown_map.pdf)
For a wider taste of what this great country has to offer, the Wellington region is a visitor's dream. To the northwest sit the Porirua and
Kapiti Coast districts - known for their thriving multiculturalism and pristine beaches. To the northeast of the city, lay sprawling farmland,
breath-taking and tranquil beaches, mountain trails, and wine estates. Finally, to the south of the city (merely a hop and skip across the
Cook Strait) lies the laid back and inviting South Island city of Nelson.
Within an hour's drive from Wellington, one can visit an island bird
sanctuary, kayak with orcas, learn about Aotearoa's Maori culture and
history at a Marae, see the famous Southward Car Museum, sample some of
New Zealand's best Savignon Blanc and Riesling varietals, ride spectacular
mountain bike trails, deep-sea fish, and hunt deer. The ease of Wellington's
public transportation and friendliness of its inhabitants makes getting
around the region more than enjoyable. The Wellington region is ideally
located between the wonders of both islands and is a great starting point
for any adventurer - be they an immigrant or tourist.
(Here is a weblink to the Wellington region's Maori history: http://www.gw.govt.nz/section804.cfm)
Thinking of immigrating to Wellington?
Information for young people
Wellington is a cool and hip city with an impressive array of outdoor activities. It has museums and art galleries to visit, cafés and
pubs at which to catch-up with friends, and an eclectic night-life. Whether you like techno clubs, sports bars, lounges, salsa events,
or indie rock shows, all of Wellington's night-life is within a short, easy, and safe walking distance.
Information for families
Wellington is a great city with a 'big-town' feel. A nice thing about exploring the city is that you can do so with your little ones. Not only can you walk across town in 25 minutes, but you also have well-located and clean public restrooms and friendly and frequent public transport.
Moreover, Wellington has beautiful parks, affordable dining, and fantastic interactive museums for the kids. Te Papa, the National Musuem of New Zealand, recently opened an interactive virtual-reality map of New Zealand. They also offer story-telling and interactive activity stations to keep your little ones busy and learning.
(Here is Te Papa's weblink: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/TePapa/English/Kids/WhatsOnForKids/)
Information for students
Wellington is one of New Zealand's premier student cities as it has offers a wide variety of courses of study and diverse tertiary opportunities.
Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, and the Wellington Institute of Technology are the capital's most attended universities.
The fact that Wellington is host to the New Zealand government, its ministries, and a variety of company headquarters allows students the
opportunity to acquire valuable experience while they study. Furthermore, the city's students have access to the New Zealand National Archives - an often overlooked resource located within minutes from the train station.
(Victoria website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/home/, Massey website: http://www.massey.ac.nz/, and Weltec website: http://www.cit.ac.nz/)
Information for retirees
Wellington offers some of the best cuisine, cultural sights and sounds, and artistic events that country has to offer. The New Zealand Opera,
theatrical performances, regular music shows, and frequent film festivals make retiring in the Wellington region a great choice. Furthermore,
both the care-free and beach-side lifestyle and the idyllic gentleman farm-life are affordable retirement options in the Wellington region.
(Here is a link to some samples of lifestyle blocks for sale: http://www.realestate.co.nz/lifestyle/all/wellington)
Gaining New Zealand Residence
There are four main entry categories available for people wishing to
migrate to New Zealand: Skilled Migrant, Work to Residence, Family,
common entry options
Prior to applying for residence you may wish to come to New Zealand
temporarily to find out more about life here. This may be as a tourist,
as a student undertaking a course of study or as a worker on a temporary
Frequently asked questions
Useful links to find jobs in the Wellington region: