Wellington, NZ: Voted Best Place in the World to Live

Locals already know Wellington is the best place in the world to live, and now everyone else knows too. Wellington has topped the Deutsche Bank’s study of 47 cities globally ranking Wellington the best place to live in world. rankings in a new report on where you can find the best quality of life—worldwide. Wellington might not have the sweltering hot summers, luxury fashion shopping meccas, or centuries-old architecture of some of the other world’s best cities. Yet its low crime rate and pollution, cost of living, house prices, and climate puts it ahead of the rest. But what else makes the city so great?

Café & food culture.

Wellington has a fabulous café culture combined with a growing foodie scene. There is a wide variety of café’s and eateries to choose from, so you won’t be disappointed by the choice. Interestingly, there are more bars, cafes, and restaurants per capita than New York City.

Hip bar scene.

Wellington has a young and fun population. Which means it also has a great bar and going out scene. There are plenty of university party bars and average pubs. But there are also tons of classy and thematic bars too.

Wellington cable car.

The ideal starting point for any trip to Wellington is its iconic cable car system. The cable car is a long-standing symbol of the city. However, it’s also a great way to see Wellington’s key attractions, while taking in great views along the way.

Bays and beaches.

Wellington sprawls out over several bays and beaches, curving around the coast. Therefore, no matter where you are, you’re never too far from the sea. Many of the bays and beaches are part of their own charismatic neighborhoods, adding charm to your visit.

Mt. Victoria.

Most people visiting a city want to go straight to the best available lookout. Mount Victoria is Wellington’s answer to this. The viewpoint looks out over the waters of the Cook Strait and many landmarks. While at the same time, providing a panorama of the whole city.


For a wildlife experience that speaks pure “New Zealand”, you can’t go past Zealandia. Zealandia is like stepping back in time, for an in-depth look at how the iconic bird life of New Zealand existed before human influence. A truly unique experience, Zealandia is a must.

Explore Cater Observatory/Space Place.

For those looking for a dose of telescopic stargazing, Wellington has you covered. The Carter Observatory offers state-of-the-art facilities to look deeper into the skies. An experience that has been enthralling residents and visitors to the city alike, for over 70 years.

Catch the Interislander Ferry

Breathtaking views await you, as the Interislander Ferry makes its way out of Wellington. Navigating its way through the series of islands that dot the vibrant blue waters of the Cook Strait, watch for playful dolphins riding the ships wake.

Weta Studios Tour.

Go on a journey to Middle-earth and get up close to incredible miniatures, props, weapons, creatures, vehicles, and models. Learn the secrets behind filmmaking, and New Zealand’s biggest film exports, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

Visit the Museum of New Zealand, Te Pap Tongarewa

Wellington’s premier attraction also doubles as the country’s best historical and cultural man-made facility. It is one of the best overall museums in the Oceania region, with 6 floors worth of incredible displays and interactive exhibitions blending European and Maori exhibits.

Wellington’s Other Accolades

  • Lonely Planet’s best destination to drink beer 2017
  • One of National Geographic’s top six food cities 2017
  • The British Daily Telegraph’s second cleanest capital 2017
  • The Daily Telegraph’s second cleanest air quality 2017
  • The Guardian’s windiest city in the world 2015
  • Sixth in Rough Guide’s top ten city destinations for 2015
  • Mercer’s 12th best place in the world to live for international workers 2014
  • Lonely Planet’s fourth best city to travel in 2010

The list of top places to live in the world:

  1. Wellington, New Zealand
  2. Edinburgh, Scotland
  3. Vienna, Austria
  4. Melbourne, Australia
  5. Zurich, Switzerland
  6. Copenhagen, Denmark
  7. Ottawa, Canada
  8. Boston, United States
  9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  10. Sydney, Australia