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Moving to Wellington

Wellington may be a compact city but it offers an abundance of lifestyle options and is increasingly popular with expats. With a hip café culture and laid-back lifestyle, it’s the perfect city to enjoy life.

To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Wellington.


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Top 5 tips for expats moving to Wellington

The golden sands of the beach? Leisurely nature walks? The lively vibe of the CBD? Take your pick, it’s all within a short distance in Wellington.

Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Wellington.

Finding a place to live
The advantage of living in a smaller city is that no matter where you choose to live, it’s within a short distance to everywhere else. Housing is affordable and the suburbs are full of character with their own unique charm.

Getting around Wellington
The public transport system is very efficient and there are many options, from the cable car to the bus and train system. No matter where you live, everyone is generally within 400m of public transport.

Access to healthcare
The healthcare system in Wellington is mostly subsidised by the government and accessible by citizens and permanent residents. Private health insurance is recommended to newly arrived expats.

Cost of living
Wellington may be the worlds best bargain. A picturesque city, great work-life balance at a very reasonable cost. Compared to other expat cities, you will find the cost of living in Wellington provides for a comfortable lifestyle.

Windy Welly
Situated between the mountainous area of the North and South Islands and at the edge of Cook Strait, Wellington is virtually in the midst of a wind tunnel. Most days in this city are windy and can get to gale force at times.

Meet your Wellington Team Leader

Tom Gilbert

Born and raised in New Zealand, Tom has been living and working in Wellington for over 20 years.

He regularly consults to expat clients arriving in Wellington and understands the issues expats face when moving to a new city.

This insight, combined with his extensive local knowledge, enables Tom to provide practical advice to newly arrived expats with settling in to Wellington.

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