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Moving to Wellington from Switzerland

Old Apr 29th 2018, 8:01 pm
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Dear Forum,

I am getting a position near the Wellington Railway Station and looking for your recommendations on a good location for a family of 5 (3 boys -- 2,4 and 6). The most important criteria for us would be to have a short commute (max 30 minutes) with a good primary school in a nice neighbourhood. We would be needing a convenient location as we will have no vehicle. Any information you can provide us is greatly appreciated. We can budget from 450-600 per week and do have funds to eventually purchase a house.

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Old Apr 30th 2018, 7:50 am
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Karori is nice for families. Isn't that far from the center of Wellington.
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Old Apr 30th 2018, 6:11 pm
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Karori is nice for families. Isn't that far from the center of Wellington.
Thanks Princess very helpful! We will definitely look into this neighbourhood and school you have recommended.
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Kelburn Normal has a good reputation as well. Kelburn can be a bit pricey tho'
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Karori is a nice suburb with good schools, but the weather is rubbish though - often very damp and overcast as it sits in a valley without sea access. Definitely check any property you buy/rent for damp and sun.

Kelburn or Thorndon is probably better. You could go towards Mount Vic, or even as far as Seatoun.

If you're happy commuting, then the Kapiti Coast gets much better weather than Wellington (usually 5 degrees warmer without the wind), it's flat, cheaper and has much better beaches with 2 great secondary schools and lots of good primary schools.

You could compromise and head out towards Plimmerton/Whitby, which are closer commutes but have good access to the coast. You won't get such good weather (i.e. it's still windy), or flat land and there are definitely areas around Porirua that you'll want to avoid, so check. Lower or Upper Hutt are also commutable.

Only you can decide your priorities which will be much easier once you get here.

This list of schools may help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...lington_Region
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