WELLINGTON IS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.
Wellington City has been voted the “coolest little capital in the world” by traveller bible Lonely Planet. It’s keenly promoted as the cultural heart of the nation, a mecca for the arts and creative sector, the seat of Government and the centre of New Zealand. Here’s some reasons why:
- Wellington is creative. It is the region of choice for imaginative people. If you are stimulated by fresh ideas and new emerging outlooks you’ll find this place totally inspiring.
- Wellington is beautiful. Everywhere you go, the sounds and smell of the ocean hang in the air, and there are green hills and valleys. You can kayak in the harbour, walk in the bush and swim in the ocean. In Wellington the air is clean and you can see the stars at night. Wellington has stunning natural beauty.
- Wellington is compact. We are confined by geography. Within the city, walking is often the preferred option. Everything is close. With excellent public transport getting around the city is easy.
- Wellington is cosmopolitan. People from all over the world choose to live in Wellington, making it a diverse and exciting place to be. Over 40 different countries have Embassies here.
- Wellington is smart. High quality education is at the heart of Wellington. It starts in our primary schools and flows all the way through to our world ranked universities. Thinking and achievement radiate from here out across the country and around the globe.
- Wellington is foodie. Every year Wellington restaurants and bars win national awards for being the best in the country. You can sample food from all around the world or experience the unique flavours of some of our finest restaurants. Wellington is also famous for coffee – with reportedly more cafes per capita than any other city in the world. We are the cuisine Capital.
- Wellington is vibrant. If you like festivals and street parties, you’ll like Wellington. There is always something on, and always something to celebrate. Some of our better known events include the International Arts Festival, International Rugby Sevens, Montana World of Wearable Art, International and Foreign Film Festivals, Dragon Boat Racing, Toast Martinborough and the annual Summer City Festival.
- Wellington is techno savvy. Wellingtonians can browse, tweet and Facebook to their hearts’ content with free Wi-Fi in the central city. The network is available in outdoor areas from Westpac Stadium at the north end of the city to the Embassy cinema in Courtenay Place. Wellington is the first city in Australasia to provide comprehensive free Wi-Fi in the CBD.
- Wellington is sporting. From cricket at the Basin Reserve where you can picnic on the terraces while watching national or international games to Westpac Stadium, home of the Hurricanes rugby team, venue for the International Rugby Sevens and where the Phoenix play in their Australasian soccer league games. Wellingtonians love their sport. They love hockey at the Mount Albert Stadium, badminton at Badminton Hall, swimming at the Freyberg Pool or at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, wind surfing at Kio Bay or Plimmerton, basketball at the Newtown Stadium, or sailing, rock climbing, squash, triathlons, tennis, kayaking, fishing, paragliding, tramping and golf. There’s a myriad of sports Wellingtonians enjoy watching and participating in.
- Wellington is colourful. The vista of colour from painted wooden houses sitting on the hillsides facing the harbour is one of the striking memories for cruise ship passengers visiting Wellington. There’s also the colour of the annual Chinese New Year festival, the snow on the mountains to the north and east of the city in winter contrasting with the blue of the harbour and green hills. Great raw material for those keen on photography.
- Wellington property is affordable. Despite increased market activity, property prices are generally quite static throughout Wellington. Properties in the lower price brackets are meeting the greatest demand. Wellington has lots of city apartments for rental, with a wide variance in cost, quality, size and facilities. Most are 1 and 2 bedroom, with good quality 3+ bedroom apartments in short supply. Quality houses to rent are in short supply but with our assistance we have always been successful in settling people.
- Wellington is the Capital. It’s a fascinating place to be. You can sit in a cafe next to a Government minister, and pass some of the most respected names in arts, education and business on the street. You have all the advantages that come with living in a capital city .People from Wellington are well educated, politically aware and open.
- You can’t beat Wellington on a good day. It’s true; Wellington has a reputation for wind. The fresh energy it brings to the region is infectious. Wellington is also sunny, with an average of 2050 sunshine hours every year. Walking along the waterfront, swimming at Oriental Bay, watching the sunset from Mt Victoria – there is simply nowhere better to be than Wellington.