Victoria University of Wellington

Studying in Wellington

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is situated at the southern tip of the North Island.

Wellington has a lively nightlife centred on Cuba Street and Courtenay Place, as well and as great shopping, beaches, miles of coastline to explore, mountain-bike trails, galleries, museums, restaurants and live shows every night of the week.

A constant stream of festivals means there are over 2,500 live performances in Wellington every year. Students can fish, swim, kayak, surf, windsurf and sail all within 15 minutes of the centre of the city. Wellington has a lively music and theatre scene, not to mention the best cafe culture in the country!

It’s easy to get around city on foot, by bike, or on public transport. The cable car runs from the city to Kelburn every 10 minutes, and stops near the Kelburn Campus. Six separate bus routes stop at the Kelburn Campus and can take students to most places in the city.

It is also easy to explore other parts of New Zealand from Wellington; the South Island is only three hours south by ferry, skiing opportunities are three hours north by car, and Kapiti Coast is just one hour north-west by car.


Wellington has a mild and temperate. Due to its position it’s also quite windy!

Average temperatures:

Summer (Dec – Feb): Daytime 19°C – 21°C
Autumn (Mar – May): Daytime 14°C – 19°C
Winter (Jun – Aug): Daytime 12°C – 13°C
Spring (Sep – Nov): Daytime 14°C– 17°C



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