Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is an exciting place to live. There is a strong international presence here and a great sense of energy. Our government is located in The Beehive, one of the country’s most iconic buildings.
Living in Wellington as a student
The public transport is excellent in this busy business city, so commuting each day is easy.
If you’re thinking about further study then Victoria University might interest you.
What to see in the Wellington region
Those interested in nature and conservation will enjoy a daytrip to Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve. You’ll see native birds and, if you’re lucky, you might even see the Little Spotted Kiwi (New Zealand’s national bird). The Kāpiti Marine Reserve’s crystal clear water is perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving.
What to do in Wellington
The waterfront is spectacular. The harbour surrounds the city and Oriental Bay, an inner city beach that is very popular in the warmer months. Each year, there is a great fireworks display out over the water to celebrate the New Year.
Te Papa Tongarewa, our national museum, is a place you can explore for hours. You’ll learn so much about New Zealand history and culture. Entrance to this famous museum is free, so you can visit as many times as you like!
There are many regional parks where you can hike or bike. Take a walk to the top of Mount Victoria for a great 360o view of the city.
A classic Wellington activity is a ride in the historic cable car to the Botanic Gardens and the Carter Observatory. You’ll have a fantastic view over the city from here. You can also visit on a clear night to go star gazing and enjoy views of the twinkling city lights.
A visit to Weta Caves will show you how some of the special effects in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were created. New Zealanders are some of the most creative and imaginative people in the world, and Wellington is well known for its filmmaking.
Eating and drinking in Wellington
This city is known as the culinary capital of New Zealand and Wellington residents love their coffee, too. Cuba Street is a popular and “cool” place to meet up with friends and enjoy some great ethnic food.
Why learn English in Wellington?
If you want to study English in a vibrant, diverse and creative city, then Wellington could be the perfect place for you!