Living here is easy. Wellington is concentrated and compact. It’s easy to get around and our sense of community and connectedness is strong. We offer all the benefits of a big city and region but without the hassle. Read why Wellington is rated tops in the Quality of Life
Wellington's CBD is just two kilometres in diameter and you can walk from one side to the other in about 20 minutes.
The rest of the region is also easily accessible by road, rail and air. Daily commute times are often short - 30 minutes, usually less. Some people choose longer commutes from the Kapiti Coast or the Wairarapa, enjoying the contrast of coastal or rural living with the city's buzz. The region enjoys the best public transport infrastructure in New Zealand. It’s the best used too. 30% of people commute daily by bus or train and walk or cycle to work.
A sense of community
Wellington’s small scale means that everyday life is straight forward. There is enough time in the evenings to go windsufing, take the children to a park, or have friends over for a drink. Social networks and a strong community spirit are easily maintained.
People feel safe in the Wellington region. The 2008 Quality of Life survey showed that 97.9% of Wellington city residents feel safe in their homes at night. Download the report here.
Safety is taken seriously and joint initiatives by city and district councils with the police and other agencies aim to keep it that way.
Both Porirua and Wellington city are members of the World Health Organisation (WHO ) Safe Community Network.