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Pros and Cons of Living in Wellington

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 03, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Wellington, New Zealand include its vibrant culture, stunning natural beauty, and excellent educational opportunities. Wellington is known for its lively arts and music scene, with plenty of galleries, museums, and theatres to explore. The city is also surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, including the South Island's rugged coastline and the lush green hills of the North Island. Additionally, Wellington is home to some of the country's top universities, making it an ideal place to pursue higher education. The cons of living in Wellington include its high cost of living and its unpredictable weather. The city is known for its high housing costs, making it difficult for many people to afford to live there. Additionally, Wellington is known for its windy and wet weather, which can make outdoor activities difficult.

What are the pros and cons of living in Wellington?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Wellington responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Wellington, often appreciate the city's stunning natural beauty, with its picturesque harbor, surrounding hills, and easy access to outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking. They also enjoy the vibrant arts and culture scene, which includes numerous galleries, museums, and festivals. The city's compact size and walkability make it easy to explore, and the public transportation system is efficient and reliable. Wellington is known for its friendly and welcoming locals, making it easy for expats and digital nomads to feel at home and make new friends. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the cost of living in Wellington to be relatively high, particularly when it comes to housing and dining out. The city's infamous wind and unpredictable weather can also be a downside for some, as it can make outdoor activities and commuting less enjoyable at times. Additionally, while the job market in Wellington is generally strong, it can be competitive, and some expats may struggle to find work in their desired field. Finally, the city's remote location can make it difficult and expensive to travel internationally, which may be a drawback for digital nomads who value easy access to other countries and cultures," wrote one expat in Wellington.

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About the Author

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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