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Life in Wellington

As well as being home to New Zealand’s Government, Wellington is rich in culture, history and is well known for its thriving arts scene. From accommodation and transport, to food and entertainment, we put the spotlight on our capital city below.


Wellington has access to a network of trains and buses that gets commuters to and from most major work hubs. However, most people tend to find they need a car to get around with ease and see everything that the city has to offer.


Whether you’re buying or renting, there are various housing options to choose from to suit your lifestyle, from city apartments to family homes. To give you an idea of what to expect, we suggest you start by taking a look at Trademe and

Food and Entertainment

Brimming with a diverse range of eateries, vibrant food markets and laneways (not to mention it’s thriving cafe culture), you’ll never be short of options when dining out in Wellington. Visit WellingtonNZ for more! The same goes for entertainment; whether you’re into the outdoors, sports, or arts and theatre – there’s plenty of things to see and do!


All citizens, residents and some work visa holders are eligible for publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand, but it’s still worth looking into additional private health insurance too. Check whether you qualify for subsidised healthcare with the Ministry of Health.

Whether you’re going to be covered by health insurance or via the public system, make sure you find a local GP. Both doctor visits and prescriptions are subsidised here (for citizens, residents and some work visa holders), whilst hospital visits are free.

Want to speak to someone about relocating to Wellington? Get in touch with our local team of tech and policy recruiters.