- Wellington City is ranked the 12th most livable city out of 221 cities worldwide.*
- Wellington is ranked the 5th top eco-city in the world.**
- Wellington is ranked 9th for personal safety in the world* and is the only capital city in the world to achieve World Health Organisation ‘Safe Community’ status.
- Wellington is one of the most affordable cities to live in Australasia.***
- Within one hour drive of Wellington City there is access to pristine forest parks and the world renowned wine region of the Wairarapa.
- Wellington has a thriving film and digital production industry. Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, and The Hobbit trilogy were all made in Wellington.
- Wellington is known as New Zealand’s Cuisine Capital and is reputed to have more cafes per capita than New York.
- Nearly all residents of Wellington City live within 3 km of the sea.
- Over 40 different countries have embassies in Wellington.
- Wellington has excellent public transport, including a network of trains and buses, making getting around the region easy. Many residents in Wellington City walk or bike to school or work.
- Wellington’s Central Business District and waterfront district has free WiFi
- Wellington’s population is the most highly-educated in New Zealand – 30% of its residents hold tertiary qualifications, compared with a national average of 15%.
- Wellington has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies per capita in New Zealand. In fact, Wellingtonians are more than three times as likely to work in Information and Communication Technologies as people in other New Zealand cities.
- 25% of Wellington City’s residents were born overseas.
- 30% of Wellingtonians use public transport – the highest percentage in New Zealand.
- Wellington’s average maximum temperature in mid winter is 11˚C and in summer it is 21˚C. Not too hot, not too cold, sometimes windy.
- According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) New Zealand high schools score statistically significantly above the world average in reading, mathematics and science.
- Both Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University are ranked in the QS World University rankings top 500, and both have programmes ranked in the top 100 in the world.
- Wellington Airport was nominated the best in Australasia at the 2011 World Travel Awards and its new terminal The Rock has won 13 local and international awards.
- Wellington was first dubbed “Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui” from Maori legend which means the head of Maui’s fish. Caught and pulled to the surface by Polynesian navigator Maui, the fish became New Zealand’s North Island.
- Wellington is the world’s most southern capital and the only capital in the “Roaring Forties” latitudes (this explains the wind).
- New Zealand is the easiest place to do business in the world (Forbes Best Countries for Business in 2012).
- Wellington is one of the cities with the highest proportion of fastest-growing technology companies in APAC in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific index.
* Mercer 2014 Quality of Living Survey
** Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Survey
*** Mercer’s 2012 Cost of Living Survey