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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Wellington

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Your comprehensive guide to moving to Wellington
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September 4, 2020
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Your guide to living in Wellington

Moving to a new country may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. If you are planning a move from Australia to Wellington, this guide has all the information you need to get settled and feel like a local fast.

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A relaxed lifestyle in a picturesque city

Wellington has so much to offer those looking for a relaxed lifestyle. Being a small city, commute times are short to allow for a healthy work-life balance.

The city is the creative capital of New Zealand, with a thriving arts scene and festivals throughout the year. Visit the national museum, one of the city's many art galleries, or explore waterfront area which has much to offer.

If outdoors and adventure is more to your liking, the Wellington region has many walking, mountain biking and hiking trails to explore.


Enjoy a temperate climate

Wellington, also called 'Windy Wellington' has a windy and generally temperate climate. Its location on the Cook Strait means a wind-tunnel effect is created. With this in mind, although the temperature is mild, once you take into account the wind chill factor, the temperature can feel much colder.

During summer in Wellington the average temperature ranges between 19-21ºC, with the temperature rarely going above 25ºC. Winters are wet and mild, with the average temperature ranging between 6-12ºC. Frosts are quite common in the hills and Hutt Valley, although snow is rare.


Wellington has it all!

The city centre is compact and easily walkable. From high fashion to independent vintage and eclectic fashion boutiques, you can find this and more in the city. Visit Cuba Street or the famous 'Golden Mile'. To find some of the best New Zealand designers, head to the Old Bank Arcade at Lamberton Quay.

There is an abundance of markets including the Wellington Night Market, Hill St Farmers' Market, Wellington Underground Market and Harbourside Market - you can discover arts and crafts, as well as fresh food produce.  


Eat, drink and be merry

From Cuba Street and the area around Courtenay Place, to the waterfront and suburbs, you will find something for every taste and budget.  Dine with a view at one of the local beach cafes or waterfront, or visit one of the award-winning restaurants or cocktail bars. There are many top notch and quirky cafes to visit throughout the city and suburbs to get a world-renowned coffee.

You can visit the Martinborough wine region, a short drive from the city. The region is well known for its Pinot Noir wines.

Visa and Employment

Speak to the experts

WridgWays offers a visa and immigration service so we can guide your employees through the process and support you every step of the way. We can prepare all the paperwork, ensure compliance and make your relocation to New Zealand a simple process.

If you are looking for a job in Wellington, visit seek, trademe or indeed.


Where to live in Wellington

There are great suburbs spread across the entire Wellington region, and housing options to suit any budget and style, from inner-city apartments and townhouses, to suburban houses and rural properties. Popular suburbs include:

  • Te Aro
  • Oriental Bay
  • Brooklyn
  • Churton Park
  • Upper Hutt


A quality education

If you are moving to Wellington with children, then top of your list is to find a good school so the little ones can adapt and settle in quickly. The New Zealand education system has a reputation for excellence and is often regarded amongst the world's best.

The Education Counts website has a comprehensive list of schools in Wellington and will also show if your chosen school falls into an enrolment zone. Once you are ready to enrol, contact your preferred school directly.

For more information on the New Zealand school system, visit the New Zealand Now website.


An extensive public transport system

Getting around Wellington couldn't be easier. The wider Wellington region is serviced by Metlink. They offer options which include an extensive bus network, rail and ferry services, and cable car. Taking the bus is great option if you are travelling through the city but if you are heading further out, then the train may be a better option.


The best care for your loved ones

Wellington has a modern and quality health system. There are several public and private hospitals across the city and region. If you require a GP, visit the CCDHB website.

If you have an emergency, never wait, call 111. Wellington is the only city in New Zealand to offer free ambulance services, for more information visit Wellington Free Ambulance.

Cost of living

Know the difference

When you move to a new country often the costs of everyday items can vary. We recommend you do your research and visit a website such as Numbeo or New Zealand Now to understand the cost of living so there are no unexpected surprises when you move to Wellington.  

For further information, you can also download a copy of our New Zealand guide or local Wellington guide.

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