Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, and is rich in culture and bursting with the arts. 

Housing the Beehive, home to New Zealand's Parliament, Wellington is undoubtedly the political and creative capital of the country.

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

Buying & Renting

The Wellington housing market is continually evolving, so for all the latest rates on buying and renting homes, 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.

Hotels

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.

Transport

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 run frequently, connecting many suburbs and areas of Wellington. There are also ferry and rail services. Detailed information on the timetables and services for the Wellington Transport network can be found at https://www.metlink.org.nz

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

Food, Entertainment & 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!

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

Further Information

Cost of Living in New Zealand

New Zealand Immigration

New Zealand Inland Revenue