Living in Wellington

Compact, connected, and creative, Wellington is the beating heart of New Zealand. Discover everything the capital has to offer to live your best student life.

Student life in Wellington

Learn from the best

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington gives students opportunities to learn from the many national decision makers, top creative talents, technology trailblazers, and leading researchers based in Wellington.

Discover the city on foot

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.

Always have something to do

Whether you’re in search of active adventures, cultural experiences, festivals and events, world-class cafés, unique shopping, a memorable night out, or just something free—Wellington’s got you covered every day of the week. Discover Wellington.

Surround yourself with natural goodness

Wellington is a beautiful region that makes the most of its natural setting. It’s home to a busy harbour, beaches, mountains, miles of coastline, and acres of native bush to explore—right on your doorstep.

What's coming up in Wellington

Discover Wellington's unique arts scene, vibrant festivals, and epic sporting events.

Explore Wellington events

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 the University.

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

Top 10 Wellington must-dos for students

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and its students are a vital part of Wellington's colourful character. Get out there and make some memories!

1. Wander the waterfront

The waterfront is a great place to go walking, running, skating, and biking, or to just sit and take it all in. Follow the Writers Walk, or visit the Harbourside Market on Sundays.

2. Experience the nightlife

Wellington has thriving theatre and music scenes with live shows every night of the week. The city prides itself on being the culinary capital and there are always new dining options to try. If you're planning a night on the town, Courtenay Place is a good place to start.

3. Tour Parliament

Definitely not just for politics students, a tour of the Beehive is for anyone with an interest in art, architecture, and how decisions are made in New Zealand. One of New Zealand's most iconic buildings, it's also free to visit.

4. Indulge your love of movies

A UNESCO City of Film, Wellywood is home to Wētā Workshop and the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. It also has many arthouse and independent cinemas, some of which have student discounts or cheap nights.

5. Take in Te Papa

Spend a rainy day touring New Zealand's national museum for free. While you're at it, check out the award-winning Wellington Museum (free).

6. Walk with the animals

Wildlife and native bush eco-sanctuary Zealandia and Wellington Zoo both have discount pricing for students. Try Zealandia by night to catch a sighting of some of New Zealand's nocturnal natives.

7. Check out Cuba Street

Known as New Zealand’s coolest street, colourful Cuba Street is a haven for buskers, bohemians, coffee-lovers, vintage shoppers, and culinary enthusiasts alike. Be sure to visit nearby Hannah's Laneway, and don't miss Cuba Dupa, Wellington's most creative and diverse free arts festival.

8. Get active

Hitting the trails, taking a dip in Oriental Bay, surfing at Lyall Bay, walking the town belt, and sailing or kayaking on the harbour are just some of the ways Wellingtonians enjoy the great outdoors.

9. Pack a picnic

Stop and smell the flowers at Wellington Botanic Garden or take the ferry over to Matiu/Somes Island or Days Bay and Eastbourne one sunny day. Looking for somewhere further afield? Jump on the train and explore everything the Wairarapa has to offer.

10. Enjoy the view from the top

Head up to the Mount Victoria lookout for panoramic views of Wellington.