Wellington Life

Getting around

Walking - Wellington is a really walkable city. The city centre is only 2km in diameter. Walking from one side to the other typically takes less than 30 minutes.

Public transport - Public transport in Wellington is great. The journey planner from Metlink is a really good tool for planning trips too. Pick up a snapper card for cheaper bus fares. 

Cycling - Cycling is a popular option in Wellington. This is even more accessible now with the bike sharing scheme Onzo but be warned there are a lot of hills. 

Culture and Leisure 

Known as New Zealand's creative capital, the city offers so much when it comes to the art's and cultural events. All of these venues are walking distance from our School of Hospitality and Te Auaha campuses. 

Museums - Entry to museums are usually free and they often hold talks, exhibitions and different events. Some of the most popular museums are Wellington MuseumsTe Papa, The Great War ExhibitionCity Gallery WellingtonNew Zealand Cricket Museum

Live music - There's a great mix of small venues and larger venues here. You can usually find live music on most nights of the week. Some of Wellingtons most popular venues are San FranMeowValhallaTSB Arena

Theatre - Theatre fans will love Wellington. The city has a mix of historical venues and purpose-built theatres. If you fancy a show check out BATS TheatreCirca TheatreSt James TheatreThe Opera House

Sports - People love sports in Wellington. For sports events check out Westpac Stadium and Basin Reserve


Wellington has a grown reputation for producing world-class cocktails and craft beers. Many bars produce their own beers in-house and there's a huge choice of artisan cocktail bars as well. 

Craft beer - Wellington and craft beer go hand in hand. Some of Wellingtons best-loved watering holes are Little Beer QuarterGolding's free DiveHashigo ZakeFortune Favours BeerFork and Brewer

Cocktails - If cocktails are your thing check out Hawthorn LoungeC.G.R. Merchant & CoThe LibraryCrumpet


Outdoor activities are at the heart of life in Wellington. When it comes to the outdoors there is something for everyone. This city has a huge number of beaches right on its doorsteps and there are loads of offerings when it comes to water sports, trekking, mountain biking and so on. 

You can find out more about some of the many outdoor activities to keep you busy when you are studying in Wellington here.


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