Living in Wellington

Massey’s College of Creative Arts is located in the heart of New Zealand’s creative, cool little capital city.

Set between its sparkling harbour and lush green hills, there is plenty to do whether you are sporty, outdoorsy, arty, intellectual - or all of the above. The city has galleries, shops, cafés, restaurants, nature sanctuaries, cultural opportunities and sporting events to suit all tastes.

Wellington is home to

  • Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum and Gallery
  • World of Wearable Arts
  • Homegrown Music Festival
  • New Zealand Art Show
  • The New Zealand International Arts Festival (biennial)
  • New Zealand’s Parliament
  • The New Zealand Portrait Gallery
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Wellington Phoenix Football Club
  • Royal New Zealand Ballet
  • New Zealand School of Dance
  • New Zealand School of Music.

Known as ‘Middle Earth’, Wellington is the base of the famous Weta Workshop and the seat of our highly acclaimed film industry.

Capital fame

It’s not uncommon to find yourself next to someone famous in Cuba Mall, the supermarket or your local café: Wellington’s concise dimensions and friendly folk make rubbing shoulders with anyone from hobbits to All Blacks entirely possible.

Many talented people have started their careers in Wellington and have gone on to make an impact on the world. These include the College's own staff and alumni included in the Hall of Fame, and:

Filmmakers
Sir Peter Jackson (The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, King Kong)
Sir Richard Taylor (The Hobbit, Lord of The Rings, King Kong)

Musicians and composers
The Black Seeds
Fat Freddies Drop
Phoenix Foundation

Actors and performers
Flight of the Conchords
Miranda Harcourt
Nathaniel Lees

Fashion designers
Collette Dinnigan
Robyn Mathieson
Kate Sylvester
Rebecca Taylor

Explore more of Wellington in the YouTube videos below