Retiring In Wellington New Zealand

Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is often rated as one of the top tourist cities in the world. With more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than New York City, retirees have a plethora of places to go in Wellington, New Zealand.

Cafes, Restaurants and Nightlife for Retirees

For a city with a relatively small population, Wellington has no shortage of cafes and restaurants. Cafe culture is integral part of the life of the city.
Some of New Zealand’s top festivals take place in Wellington. The Cuba Street Carnival is one of the city’s largest street festivals. It’s held biennially in February and features a large parade with performers from all over the country.
As the cultural capital of New Zealand, retirees in Wellington can enjoy a number of concerts and performances. Wellington is home to the New Zealand Ballet, the National Orchestra and Opera and the National Dance and Drama Center.
The New Zealand International Arts Festival takes place in Wellington. It’s one of the top multi-disciplinary festivals in the world and one of the most important cultural events in New Zealand. The International Arts Festival is a biennial festival that takes place alternately with the Cuba Street Carnival.

Arts and Culture in Wellington

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa offers visitors a focused museum experience. Entry is free for the general exhibit halls and small fees apply to temporary exhibitions. The museum explores New Zealand’s natural history and the history of the Maori people. Te Papa houses many performances and lectures, many of which are free of charge.
The City Gallery in Wellington lacks a permanent collection but offers many avant-garde exhibitions from contemporary artists around the world.
For a change of pace, visit the Wellington Botanical Gardens for unparalleled scenery and landscape. The gardens include a duck pond, rose garden, a children’s playground and the Bolton Street Park–the burial ground of many of Wellington’s most important pioneers and residents. The Gardens are open daily from sunrise to sunset and admission is free. Call to book garden tours in advance.
If you want to get away from New Zealand’s major cities, consider retiring to Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough, New Zealand.