Wellington is the study destination of choice for smart, ambitious and imaginative students from all over the world.
Wellington is the political, cultural and creative heart of New Zealand. It has the highest incomes, best educated workforce and lowest unemployment in the country.
Close to everything
Everything is close in Wellington. You can walk the length of downtown Wellington in 30 minutes, from the nation's parliament and the central business district to hills with tracks for walking or mountain biking. The international airport is only a 10 minute drive from the central city.
What's more, because Wellington is in the centre of the country, you will be close to other parts of New Zealand, including the beautiful South Island.
Great natural beauty
In Wellington you find nature right in the heart of city. There is the waterfront alongside the picturesque harbour, a beach with golden sand at Oriental Bay – a 10 minute stroll from the city centre – and a green belt of hills right through the city. If you want to go further afield, you will find many regional parks and over 497 kilometres of coastline.
Wellington gets over 2100 sunshine hours each year so there are plenty of days to head out and enjoy your natural surroundings.
A diverse, multicultural city
Wellington has people from all over the world and Statistics New Zealand estimates that one in four people who live here were born overseas.
Because Wellington is the capital city, it is also home to embassies from around the world so you can easily access your embassy.
Wellington is a vibrant and artistic city with cultural institutions such as the national museum, symphony orchestra and ballet. There are festivals throughout the year filled with cultural highlights.
The city is also affectionately known as the Middle of Middle Earth because this is where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were made. World-leading film and special effects companies like Weta create movie magic in Wellington every day.
People in Wellington enjoy life and all the city has to offer. It's renowned for its hospitality scene with more restaurants, cafes and bars per capita than New York. If you are missing food from your home country, the city is sure to have it.
Ideal place for students
Wellington is a great place to be a student and you will learn alongside many, many others who are studying. In fact, Wellington has the most highly educated workforce in the country. It also has the highest proportion working in knowledge-intensive services, and areas such as information technology are experiencing strong job growth.