The 'best little city in the world'

Wellington is the capital city of Aotearoa, New Zealand, labelled by Lonely Planet as "the coolest little capital in the world". Home to around 500,000 people, it is the cultural, administrative, and political centre of the country. Wellington is truly a vibrant, cosmopolitan little city worth experiencing. 

Wellington’s compact nature makes it easy to explore the many with cafes and breweries found nestled around every street corner. With world class cafes, restaurants and bars, theatres, shops, museums and galleries and there’s always something happening. Our rugged coast, majestic hills and stunning harbour mean there are also endless options for outdoor activities, from mountain biking to hiking to sailing, and much more.

Being in the centre of Aotearoa Wellington provides easy access for travel across the country and the international airport links us to the world.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what some of the experts say:


Information about education

You can read an overview of education in Wellington at

Or use the links below for more specific information about each stage of education.


Deciding where to live

Whether you’d prefer to live in the hills, near the sea or close to the city centre, there are plenty of options for housing in the greater Wellington region. You might find the links below useful.

Last updated 17 January 2023.