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7 reasons why Wellington is a better city than Auckland

July 19, 2016

Controversial post, I know. Everyone seems to always go on about how amazing Auckland is, and sure, there’s lots going on up there. Pretty much 90% of concerts and similar events take place in Auckland. Wellington is often missed, even though it’s the capital of New Zealand.

I’ve lived in Wellington for almost 8 years and I’ve been to Auckland countless times, so I feel I know what I’m talking about (but I’m also very aware that not everyone will agree with this list).

Wellington is great for domestic travel

The fact that Wellington is located in the middle of the country makes it really convenient for domestic travel. If you want to fly somewhere, you can get to the South just as easily as the North. If you want to travel to the South Island, but you don’t really feel like flying, you could just jump on the ferry and be there in a few hours. Auckland does still have the upper hand when it comes to international travel. But hey, why would you want to leave this amazing country – am I right?


Everything is within walking distance

Wellington is a small city, no doubt. But in all honesty, I think that’s a huge plus. It’s great to be able to walk from A to B without having to worry about it being far. You can literally walk from one end of the central city to the other within 30-40 minutes. And even though it’s small, there is a huge amount of shops, cafes, restaurants, museums and activities around.


Bars and clubs are all in the same area

In my early 20s, I was out in town pretty much every Friday night. Not so much anymore, but I still appreciate the fact that Courtenay Place is filled with clubs, pubs and bars. If you get sick of the one you’re in, there’ll be another one right next door. Or if worst comes to worst, you could walk for 5 minutes to find another. Sure, because of this it can get a bit crowded seeing as everyone’s in the same area, but if you’re out to party, you probably won’t mind so much.


People are friendlier in Wellington

This is absolutely true. It may seem rude to say, but without fail, every time I go to Auckland I notice how people couldn’t care less about you. Walking down the street in Wellington, people may talk to you, smile at you or help you if you look lost. In Auckland, people mind their own business most of the time. I’ve been bumped into on the street countless times, and not a hint of a ‘sorry’. They just keep walking. Speaking to shop staff in Auckland seems like a waste of time. 9 times out of 10 I get the feeling they either hate their jobs or the fact that I would dare ask them a question.


It’s a lot cheaper buying a house in Wellington

Housing prices in Auckland are outrageous. And I guess it’s because EVERYONE seems to want to live there. Foreigners buy properties in Auckland (which a lot of New Zealanders are extremely unhappy about) and apparently they’re just not building enough houses. I just don’t see how you’d want to spend a million on a house in Auckland that you could probably get for about 500-600k in Wellington. That’s just a guess, by the way, I’m no expert in property. I’ve bought a house in Wellington and couldn’t be happier.


You can see the South Island from the coast

I didn’t believe this when I first heard it was possible. I thought the two islands were further apart, but it’s true. If you go to Eastbourne or Makara Hill, you can indeed see the South Island, and it’s magical. I’m sure you can see it from many other places too, but those are the places I can confirm.

South Island

‘Wellington on a Plate’ is amazing

There is a possibility that Auckland has something similar, but if they do, I’ve never heard of it. Once a year in Wellington, WOAP is on. Restaurants create special menus for you to try out, and many of them take part in the Burger Wellington challenge. They compete against each other and the public votes on the best burger in town. There is already a list out for this year’s burgers. I will have to try a few of them out. If you’re into cocktails, there is a competition for those too!


There you have it. A few reasons why you should consider either moving to Wellington, or staying here if you were thinking of moving to Auckland.

Do you agree with the points I’ve made?

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  • Barbara Lofgren

    I agree of course! Plus think of Zealandia, the fact you can see penguins (if you are lucky) practically in CBD and sure you agree nothing beats Wellington on a good day!

    July 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Yes, Zealandia is pretty amazing, and right in my neighbourhood too! 🙂

      July 19, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Kat

    OMG – completely agree with all of this! As someone who grew up in Auckland but moved to Wellington after 12 years overseas I am so relieved to have made the move here instead of back home. It is a brilliant city!!

    July 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Great to hear from someone who moved to Wellington after living in Auckland. It always seems to be the other way around!

      July 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm Reply
  • Throughmylens

    This was such an insightful post, thank you!

    July 20, 2016 at 12:00 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Glad you liked it! 🙂

      July 20, 2016 at 6:12 am Reply
  • Vilma

    I like Wellington more too 🙂

    July 20, 2016 at 6:31 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Yay, glad to hear it! 🙂

      July 20, 2016 at 6:33 am Reply
  • gpj103

    Interesting post. I have not heard of WOAP before…sounds good! When is it each year?

    August 16, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Sophie

      It’s brilliant. It’s on right now for two weeks. I think it’s always in August.

      August 16, 2016 at 8:12 am Reply
      • gpj103

        Noted for next year!

        August 16, 2016 at 8:33 am Reply

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