Living in Wellington

The Kiwi Lifestyle


  • Absolutely Positively Wellington
  • Wellington Council

The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, is rich in culture and bursting with the arts. Housing the Beehive, too, makes Wellington certainly the political and creative capital of the country.

The city exudes a rich history, with beautiful scenery that’s easy to reach and navigate, mostly even by foot, whilst also providing a plethora of opportunities for the working individual.

 Buying & Renting

The Wellington housing market is constantly evolving. For all the latest rates on buying and renting homes, New Zealand-wide, take a look at the latest market reports by Barfoot & Thompson.

Mortgage rates are competitive and there are many options available to you, if you’re looking to buy. Local banks and financial institutions offer flexibility in terms as well as rates. If you’re unfamiliar with the New Zealand banking environment, looking into mortgage brokers will be of benefit to you. For all the latest in interest rates offered by major lenders in New Zealand, see www.interest.co.nz/borrowing.

If you’re looking to rent, a good starting point is the New Zealand Tenancy Services website, which you can locate here. Take a look at Getting Ready To Rent and Market Rent via Suburb to begin with and go from there. You can also take a look at websites, such as Trade Me Property or Real Estate NZ.

For up-to-date information regarding property trends and values, go to QV Trends or QV Value by Suburb.



Wellington Accomodation

As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland offers accommodation to suit a wide range of tastes, styles and budgets. Click below to search for the accommodation that best suits you:


Driver licences from a certain selection of 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: www.nzta.govt.nz

Public transport is a common way of getting around the city. Buses are very frequent and reach many areas of Wellington and the wider area. There are also ferry and rail services. The Wellington Transport network has detailed information on timetables and services https://www.metlink.org.nz

For detailed ferry timetables and excursions available see: www.fullers.co.nz

Food, Entertainment & Shopping


  • Wellington Events
  • Wellington Eat And Drink
  • Wellington See And Do
  • Wellington Shopping

Wellington is bursting with art and history. There’s a lot on in Wellington, with much to eat and drink and much to see and do! Visit www.wellingtonnz.com for all the latest.

For more on what’s on in Wellington, visit www.heartofthecity.co.nz and www.theurbanlist.com.

Further Information


  • Cost Of Living Calculator
  • New Zealand Immigration
  • IRD

These websites may also provide valuable information to you.

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