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Moving to Wellington, New Zealand

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 09, 2023

Summary: Wellington, New Zealand is a popular destination for expats due to its vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and excellent quality of life. With its mild climate, diverse population, and abundance of outdoor activities, Wellington is an attractive place to live and work. The city is also known for its vibrant arts and music scene, as well as its excellent dining and nightlife. Before moving to Wellington, it is important to be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other parts of New Zealand. It is also important to be aware of the city's weather, which can be unpredictable and change quickly. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the city's public transportation system, which is reliable but can be crowded during peak times. Finally, it is important to be aware of the city's housing market, which is competitive and can be expensive.

What do I need to know before moving to Wellington?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Wellington, they said:

"Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and is known for its vibrant culture, stunning scenery, and friendly locals. It is a great place to live for expats, with a wide range of activities and attractions to explore. Before moving to Wellington, it is important to research the cost of living, as it is one of the most expensive cities in New Zealand. It is also important to consider the weather, as Wellington is known for its windy and wet climate. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the job market and housing options. Finally, it is important to make sure you have the necessary visas and permits to live and work in Wellington," replied a member in Wellington.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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