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House Moves to New Zealand – A City Guide to Wellington

Dubbed by Lonely Planet as the 'coolest capital in the world', Wellington has everything you want in a new destination – beaches and bays, mountains offering spectacular views, excellent coffee bars, a lively night life and, of course, a fair scattering of culture too. If you are organising house moves to New Zealand, the good news is that there are plenty of things that will stir your imagination in the country's hip capital.

Wellington is a culturally diverse city home to around 11 per cent of the entire New Zealand population. It is seen as a friendly city so you will immediately feel at home here; the only downside is the weather (the city isn't called 'Windy Wellie' without reason). If you are moving to Wellington, the best advice is to hold on to your hat as you will experience gale force winds for about 50 per cent of the year…but with the wind as the only drawback, you can look forward to starting your new life in New Zealand.

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Where to Live in Wellington

If you are moving to Wellington, you will never be far from the sea and its beautiful turquoise coastline. There are some great neighbourhoods to set up home, including Island Bay, the centrally based Oriental Bay, and Scorching Bay in Miramar, in the eastern suburbs. As in most capitals, the closer you are to the city, the more expensive the property. If you are moving house to Wellington with children, Newlands, Johnsonville, or, further out, Tawa, have some good schools and are regarded as a family friendly places to live. If you prefer to be centrally based, Kelburn and Brooklyn are good choices and are both within easy reach of the central business district.

Working in Wellington

Wellington is a vibrant, liveable city that attracts IT workers, creative people, entrepreneurs, researchers, health specialists, teachers and engineers. It offers higher than average incomes compared to the rest of the country and there are many big name companies based here including Contact Energy, The Cooperative Bank, Meridian Energy, Todd Corporation and Weta Digital.

Wellington offers one of the highest standards of living of any city in the world – ranking a respectable 12th place. It is also one of the most affordable places to live in the world and as a result, it is attractive place to set up business. It is also a major location for the film industry with blockbusters such as Avatar and Lord of the Rings film here.

Schools in Wellington

New Zealand has an excellent reputation for its schools, and its pupils score higher than average worldwide in maths, science and reading. Victorian University of Wellington also has a fantastic reputation worldwide and is deemed as one of the top 100 universities in the world. If you are moving to New Zealand with children, the capital has a good mix of public, private and religious schools.

Shopping in Wellington

The city has a wide range of stores from designer shops, to vintage retail outlets and late night opening shops. As the city is easily walkable, you can pretty much find all you need in a day's retail therapy. And, if you like lively, colourful markets, the Sunday farmer's market by the waterfront is where to stock up on your fruit and vegetables. It's full of atmosphere and there's live music to entertain as you shop.

A Brief History of Wellington

There is evidence of a settlement in Wellington by Maori people as far back as 1280, although Europeans didn't settle here until 1839 and 1840, when they made the area of Petone their home. The city was declared the capital in 1865, when the population was just under 5,000. The population has continued to grow and now stands at around 450,000.

Places to Visit in Wellington

Tourism is big in Wellington as the city attracts around half a million visitors a year (as much as the entire population). Among the top places to visit is the Museum of Wellington City and Sea which opens daily all year round (except Christmas Day) and has been voted by The Times as one of the top 50 museums in the world. Other tourist draws include Te Tapa, the national museum (which has free entry), Wellington Zoo, the wildlife sanctuary Zealandia and the Wellington Cable Car.

Food in Wellington

Wellington has some fantastic restaurants offering cuisine from all over the world including Malaysian, Turkish, Mexican, Japanese, Lebanese and Thai food. If you prefer fine dining, among the places to head to is Pravda, which is also a café, bar and bistro, or Boulcott Street Bistro which is a modern bistro and wine bar, open for lunch and dinners. Another great place to eat is White House, Oriental Bay, which is has won a number of awards for its cuisine.

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