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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: People often describe Wellington, New Zealand as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a unique culture and stunning natural beauty. Expats love the city's diverse range of activities, from its lively nightlife to its many outdoor activities. The weather in Wellington is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (10-25 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $2,500 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Wellington is around $1,500 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost up to $2,500 USD per month. The approximate population of Wellington is around 495,000 people.

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

"Wellington is a vibrant and diverse city, offering a range of activities and attractions for retirees. It is important to research the cost of living in Wellington, as it is generally higher than other parts of New Zealand. It is also important to consider the climate, as Wellington is known for its windy and wet weather. Public transport is reliable and efficient, making it easy to get around the city. Healthcare is also of a high standard, with a range of public and private options available. Finally, it is important to consider the cultural and social opportunities available in Wellington, as there is a wide range of activities and events to enjoy," commented one expat who made the move to 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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