Wellington combines big-city sophistication with tight-knit community living and superb educational opportunities.
Its level of school leavers achieving university entrance level is high and they can go on to Victoria University.
With its strong emphasis on both politics and culture, families can choose from an immense range of activities and attractions, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, NZ Symphony Orchestra, and the brilliant Te Papa.
The capital ranked 12th in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and 3rd in Oceania, has beautiful beaches, parks and reserves, and it’s highly walkable.
Wellington homes, while not cheap, are far more affordable than homes in Auckland and Christchurch.