Wellington has been dubbed the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ – so, from the name, you can tell that there’s lots to attract young people.

In this article, we focus on the best neighbourhoods for young professionals in the cool little capital of Wellington.

Te Aro

One of the best neighbourhoods for young professionals is Te Aro. It’s got all the features of a vibrant, happening suburb: hip cafes that serve amazing coffee, upmarket restaurants, sprawling bars, and lots of people. Cuba Street is the main attraction in the city, known for its artsy feel with vintage stores, quirky cafes, record stores, and loads of art galleries.

Apart from being uber cool, Te Aro is also in a prime spot. It’s pretty much in the heart of the city without feeling too corporate or commercialised.


Forget New York: Wellington’s Brooklyn is the place to be. It’s a great spot for young professionals who don’t mind living slightly further out of the city… and when we say ‘slightly further out’, we’re talking about a 10-minute drive to the CBD! Brooklyn is perched on a hill and is known for its Californian bungalows, Victorian villas, and collection of stunning parks.

There are a few fantastic cafes and eateries near Ohio Road, the main commercial road in Brooklyn, and there’s even the Penthouse Cinema, an art deco theatre built-in 1939.

Oriental Bay

Beach lovers and exercise enthusiasts will instantly fall in love with Oriental Bay. This seaside suburb is super close to the CBD and right next door to all the action in Te Aro. Not only is it one of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in Wellington, it’s also popular with fitness fanatics. A gorgeous cycling track meanders around the beach, taking a ‘scenic ride’ to the next level.


The list of best suburbs for young professionals in Wellington simply wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Newtown. There are cute cafes, op shops, and character buildings to look at everywhere. Walk down the main strip, Riddiford Street, and you’ll see what we mean. What’s more, Newtown is, at most, an 11-minute drive to the CBD.

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