Dubbed by Lonely Planet as the “coolest little capital city in the world” in its 'Best In Travel 2011' guide book, Wellington is a delightful place to live, work and socialize. Apart from being the capital city of New Zealand, it is also the country’s third-most populous state. The hum of government, economy and culture implies that Wellington is full of eligible men and here are a few ways you can meet and date them.
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Meet the movers and shakers of the government
Wellington is the political capital of New Zealand and as a consequence it is the seat of the country’s Parliament as well as foreign embassies. Apart from this, the city is also the location of the highest court of New Zealand, the Supreme Court. Government House, the official residence of the Governor-General, is located in Newtown, opposite the Basin Reserve while Premier House, the official residence of the Prime Minister, is located in Pipitea on Tinakori Road. Many of the residential accommodation of high ranking government officials, government buildings, and important sports arenas are located in upscale areas like Thorndon which is an inner suburb of Wellington. Among the foreign embassies located here are the Australian, American, German and Chinese. So if you are more attracted to the power brokers of New Zealand’s politics and government, all these places are ideal to hang out. If you can meet and date a politician or bureaucrat, you can be close to those that wield power. The CEOs and industrialists are as attractive due to their money and success.
Czars of real estate and the corporate world
Wellington with its bustling downtown areas and spread out suburbs experienced a real estate boom in the early half of the decade 2000. Lots of real estate opportunities came up with a thriving young population and arrival professionally skilled immigrants. Thus if you want to look for rich single men to date, you could take a peek into the real estate sector. Also since Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, the headquarters of important national banks and financial institutions as well as multinational companies are located here. The financial nerve center of the city is the Central Business District or the CBD. With more than 65,000 people working in the CBD, you will have enough opportunities to bump into highly paid financiers, bankers, company executives, lawyers, hedge fund managers and professionals of the services sector. A good idea would be to frequent business workshops and conventions in the financial district of the city which will offer you the greatest chances of coming across rich professional singles. In fact, Wellington is a popular conference tourism destination due to its compact nature, cultural attractions, award-winning restaurants and access to government agencies. In the year ending March 2011, the city hosted 6495 conference events involving nearly 800,000 delegate days; this injected approximately $100 million into the economy. Also together with being the hub of business activities, the CBD is also a major entertainment venue with swanky shops and bars, exclusive cafes and restaurants located here. So make sure you frequent these upscale hangouts as well and who knows who you might bump into.
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Keep an eye out for rich visitors
Tourism makes up the most significant economic activity in Wellington. The city’s vibrant history, rich architecture and natural attractions make Wellington the top draw in domestic tourism and one of the most favored among international tourists visiting the southern hemisphere. However if you want to chat up the really loaded visitors, it would be a good idea to frequent luxury hotels in the city like the five-star Duxton Hotel on Wakefield Street, which stands just across from the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa on Cable Street. Also of note are the hotels lining Cable Street, Grey Street and Willis Street. The Holiday Inn Wellington Hotel offers another spot of luxury and stands on Featherstone Street, where it boasts harbor views and is conveniently near to Lambton Quay. And even if you cannot afford a suite or full five course meals at these hotels, you can always spend some time in the lounge or settle down with a dessert at the rest as you try to catch the eye of a rich-looking and single visitor.
Hang out at upscale destinations
Apart from Auckland, Wellington can boast of the most happening nightlife in the country. Be it high culture or hard rock, fine wines or exotic atmosphere, Wellington has something to offer to every patron of means. If you are looking for a date with sophisticated tastes, you could drop in at CO2 which is a champagne bar located at Blair Street in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. Logan Brown Restaurant and Bar is another haunt of the city’s affluent which not only offers an exclusive spread but also a classy atmosphere. Aficionados of high culture will inevitably want to spend an evening or two at New Zealand’s Symphony Orchestra as well as Chamber Music New Zealand. However for those who prefer more contemporary sounds, the Rain Bar is a good choice since it is one of the most celebrated night clubs in New Zealand. Boulot is another trendy restaurant which offers some interesting combinations in cuisine.
Drop in at the wealthy neighborhoods
Meeting rich and single guys becomes somewhat easier if you place yourself in wealthy neighborhoods. In Wellington, some of the places with the highest residential real estate are Thorndon which houses government and embassy officials, Mt Victoria which is right near Courtenay Place the center of Wellington nightlife central, Roseneath is just above Mt Vic which has several large beautiful houses as well as Cuba Street and Manners Mall which are fast emerging as the choice of place for the trendy, high-paid urban dweller. And even if you cannot afford an apartment at these locations, try to hang out at the cafes or stroll along the parks and you will surely end up meeting someone suitable.