Wellington: a city where everything is within reach

wgtnLooking to move back to New Zealand? Wellington has the ruggedness of Tasmania, the hipster vibe of Berlin, the sophistication of London and an added dash of San Fran. For a small city, Wellington is brimming with ambition, opportunity and culture. It’s a hub of creativity and connectivity, nestled right between the natural beauty of hills and the harbour.

An expanding world IT powerhouse, Wellington is a city for the opportunistic. We have the highest concentration of web-based and digital tech companies in New Zealand.

Wellington’s Xero is the only billion dollar company founded in the southern hemisphere in the past decade. TradeMe and Weta Digital also call the High Tech Capital their home. The city is an ideal place to start your own business, with over 400 start ups forming a collaborative community.

Over 2000 job vacancies exist, and our strong entrepreneurial culture means this figure is growing constantly.

With house prices lower than the national median, Wellington is an affordable option for growing families. The easy access to forest parks, beaches and wine country mean you have the best of both worlds: a bustling city and a great lifestyle.

Commuting to work, study and play is a breeze for Wellingtonians, with 11% of us walking to work, and many more biking or using New Zealand’s most utilised public transport.

The CBD is just two kilometres in diameter, meaning you can walk to most meetings within 20 minutes. And, with more cafes per capita than New York, you’re more likely to have a business meeting in a café than in a boardroom.

Nobody is cooler than a Wellingtonian, and that’s our worldwide reputation, according to Lonely Planet and Vogue. Wellington is one of the only cities in the world that can host politics and not lose its edge.

Our world-renowned film industry has produced talents such as Peter Jackson (Director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy), Taika Waititi (Director of Boy and What We Do in the Shadows) and Flight of the Conchords’ Jermaine Clement and Brett McKenzie.

Filming on the streets of Wellington takes place over the vast majority of the calendar year. As the final Hobbit movie premieres, Disney begins shooting a major motion picture in Wellington, and the city continues to be a magnet for creative people and projects.

If you’re considering a change of lifestyle, there is no better place than Wellington and no better time than now.

For more information about working in Wellington, check out the WellingtonNZ site. For specific information about doing business in Wellington, visit the Business section.