Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and one of the country’s most family friendly cities. Located on the harbour and surrounded by rolling hills, the city attracts families from all over the world, looking to settle in a quiet and homelier community. Here are some of Wellington’s most family friendly suburbs.


Located south-east of the city centre, alongside the Miramar Peninsula, you’ll find the beach-side suburb of Miramar. It’s also the site of Wellington International Airport. Here your family can enjoy miles of sandy beaches, stunning scenery, and award-winning cafes. Known as Wellington’s film-making hub, the suburb has played a starring role in many of Peter Jackson’s movies.

Hutt Valley

Located 15 minutes from Wellington, Hutt Valley is home to picturesque townships, art galleries, restaurants and great walking and cycling trails. Famous for its outdoorsy nature and trails, the valley provides plenty of outdoor activities and fun for families. There are a number of primary and high schools located in Hutt Valley including state, Catholic, co-ed and same sex education.


A remarkable collection of parks makes Brooklyn one of the happiest places in Wellington. The neighbourhood is located three kilometres south of the CBD and features various architectural styles in its housing types, from Victorian villas to Californian bungalows. Named after the New York suburb, it’s the country’s own slice of the USA. Brooklyn is home to a co-ed state school, a co-ed Catholic school and an early childhood centre.


Tawa is the northernmost suburb within the Wellington city boundary, located roughly 15kms north of Wellington’s CBD. Tawa is home to a number of schools, parks, community facilities and sporting facilities. The suburb boasts loudly about their landscaped and natural parks, many of which contain play areas and open spaces.


A suburb in northern Wellington, Johnsonville is a reasonably large residential and commercial suburb and supports a large commuting population. Johnsonville has one intermediate school and several primary schools as well as a number of community groups, sporting grounds and parks.

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