With a population of just under 1.5 million, there is no doubt that Auckland is a popular place to live in New Zealand. People come from all over the world to see the sights, meet the people and experience the culture. But as the population continues to grow, New Zealanders are leaving the hustle and bustle of Auckland and seeking out quieter pastures in smaller cities like Tauranga or Wellington.
The harbour city of Wellington has plenty to offer anyone who lives there. As the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington has grown to become a well-established and diverse city with plenty to appeal to people from all walks of life.
Why move to Wellington?
Many people love Wellington because of its central location, meaning you can easily travel anywhere in the country, North or South Island. A short ferry or plane ride will take you to the South Island where you can visit some of the best ski fields and most stunning landscapes the world has to offer, while a quick drive out of the city will bring you to the vineyards of Martinborough where you can taste world class food and wine or attend culture festivals such as Toast Martinborough or even visit the mythical town of Hobbiton. Road trip to the North and you will be able to experience the hot springs of Taupo, the Waitomo caves or the active volcano of Mount Taranaki.
If you are the type of person who loves the outdoors and keeping fit then Wellington is the perfect city for you. Wellingtonians are blessed to be surrounded by hills such as Te Ahumairangi Hill. Climb it at sunrise or sunset and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Wellington Harbour that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world.
If you’re a fan of the big screen then Wellington is the city for you. It is not uncommon to see international film and music stars walking down Wellington main street or grabbing a bite to eat at one of Wellington’s many trendy restaurants or cafes. Many highly successful films have also been shot in the areas around Wellington such as Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. It is for this reason that Wellington has earned the nickname ‘Wellywood’ among locals.
In 2011, Lonely Planet named Wellington in its top 10 cities to visit, citing its ‘cool factor’ as a major contributor to this decision. This is a result of the high volume of on-trend cafes and restaurants that have been popping up all over the city in the past 10 years. Spend your Friday nights socialising over a drink on Cuba Street and your Saturday mornings brunching in one of Wellington’s many top quality brunch spots.
Choosing your new home in Wellington
Housing is typically cheaper in Wellington than it is in Auckland so your money has the potential to buy you a much bigger home than your one in Auckland.
When looking for your new home, it’s best to start with a checklist of the most important features. From proximity to leisure centres or schools, to backyards, number of bedrooms and whether you would prefer to live closer to the CBD or further out in the suburbs. Having a definitive list will make the search for your new home so much easier and will ensure that when you find it, you know that it is exactly what you want.
How to get started
You may have decided that you would like to move to Wellington but have no idea how to get the ball rolling and make your move down south. This is where Allied come in. Allied are a professional moving company with over 300 years’ experience moving people and their homes. Our time as industry leaders has allowed us to perfect the moving process to make it as easy and stress free for you.
Once you have purchased your new home in Wellington, it is time to give Allied a call. We will send out a personal consultant who will be there to help you every step of the way. As experts in the moving business, your consultant will make sure that you receive the best quality service that is specially tailored to meet your individual needs.
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Arriving in Wellington
Arriving in Wellington will be an exciting time for you and your family as you begin your new lives in New Zealand’s Capital. Be sure to take advantage of the many things Wellington has to offer. Drink a cocktail at waterfront bars, sun yourself on city beaches, or go walking up Te Ahumairangi Hill and enjoy beautiful views of the Wellington Harbour. When you live in Wellington the possibilities are endless.