Wellington life for postgrads

As well as being a beautiful and vibrant place to live, Wellington is the cultural and political capital with strong research links to national organisations.

Our beautiful capital city

Wellington is located in the centre of New Zealand, both politically and geographically. Built around a stunning harbour, Wellington is a creative, diverse place, brimming with intelligent people and fresh ideas.

If you are motivated to succeed and want to live and study in New Zealand's creative, cultural, and intellectual capital, Victoria University of Wellington is the place for you.

Getting around

The city is compact enough to get most places on foot. It also has an excellent public transport system that includes trains, buses and one rather special cable car.

Travel just five minutes from the centre of town and you can be taking a break from study on a sandy beach or mountain biking in native bush.

Something for everyone

There's a vibrant nightlife centred on Cuba Street and Courtenay Place and something for everyone with great shopping, beaches, miles of coastline to explore, mountain bike trails, galleries, museums, restaurants, festivals, and live shows every night of the week.

You can swim, kayak, surf, windsurf and sail all within 15 minutes of the centre of the city. Discover Wellington

Creativity, food, and culture

Wellywood is home to Weta Workshop and Weta Digital and has a thriving theatre and music scenes with live shows every night of the week. In summer, outdoor movie theatres often pop up around the region.

The city prides itself on being the culinary capital and there are always new dining options to try, not to mention the best cafe culture in the country. Colourful Cuba Street is a haven for buskers, bohemians, coffee-lovers, vintage shoppers and culinary enthusiasts.

National organisations and research links

Wellington is home to many national organisations, all of which have strong and well-established teaching and research links to Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Parliament
  • Court of Appeal
  • Supreme Court
  • National Library
  • Archives New Zealand
  • Parliament Library.

Wellington also has the highest concentration of science organisations in the country, including many Crown Research Institutes.

Cultural treasures

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Alexander Turnbull Library
  • Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.