Like the cities of Portland, Seattle or San Francisco, Wellington stands out for its creativity and flare. Wellington is famous for its vibrant, creative city like, cafes and restaurants, stunning views and open space. Not only is Wellington the political and cultural heartbeat of New Zealand, it is also at the geographical centre of the country. Exploring New Zealand from this central location is easy, and because the distances are small, you will have every opportunity to do experience the wonders that Wellington and New Zealand have to offer during weekends and trimester holidays:
- South Island - three hours south by ferry
- Skiing and volcano trekking - three hours north by car or a 1hr flight south to explore the South Island Ski fields.
- Wairarapa vineyards - one hour north by train
- Kapiti Coast - one hour north-west by car
Wellington is a picturesque and compact city on the southern-most tip of the North Island, set between a beautiful harbour and rolling green hills.
Located in Wellington are Crown Research Institutes, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, and national cultural assets such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Victoria University has strong links with these institutions in both teaching and research, as well as with the city's many other museums, archives, libraries, scientific institutes, cultural bodies, financial, legal and business institutions, and political and government agencies.
Wellington is a great place to live. It has all the sophistication and opportunities of a major city, but the charm, safety and cleanliness of a town. Public transport systems are good and you can enjoy an exciting nightlife, relaxed cafe culture, access to the freshest foods of all types, quality boutique shopping and the city's acclaimed arts scene.
Wellingtonians are proud of their café culture and nightlife. A constant stream of festivals means there are over 2,500 live performances here every year, and the city hosts around 40 festivals annually, including the bi-annual Festival of the Arts, rated as one of the world's top six arts festivals.