Senior citizen communities
These services, facilities and activities around the city can make daily life easier and more enjoyable for senior citizens, as well as providing opportunities for personal growth and community participation.
These wheelchair accessible facilities offer services and activities for senior citizens such as social groups and outings, and meals on wheels.
This recreation discount scheme offers discounts of up to 50% at various locations in Wellington.
The Council runs the ASB Sports Centre and four other recreation centres - all provide sport and leisure activities for senior citizens.
The Council has five indoor swimming pools that offer classes designed for seniors.
Ezy Movers classes are particularly suitable for frail senior citizens, and aquajogging, which you can do in your own time and at your own pace, is suitable for all levels of fitness. All learn-to-swim classes can be adapted to accommodate the needs of anyone frail.
We work closely with a number organisations to celebrate our seniors for a whole week during October. The week sees a number of tours, events, exhibitions, and activities happening around the city, all designed for older residents to get out and about, get active, and get engaged.
Our online Accessibility Map shows the locations of mobility car parks and mobility scooter hire, where you can find accessible beach access and playgrounds, and public toilets.
This text version of the Accessible Wellington map provides similar information, but also includes the accessibility of recreation facilities and entertainment sites
CarFit is a free community education service that helps older drivers make the best use of their vehicle so that they can continue to drive safely and retain independent mobility for as long as possible. Wellington City Council, Wellington Host Lions and the Automobile Association run CarFit sessions. Bookings are essential.
The programme involves a 12-point check-up of things like the driver’s positioning in their car, their field of vision and use of all vehicle controls to increase driver safety. A check takes about 20 minutes and involves trained community volunteer technicians and health professionals working individually with each participant to ensure they ‘fit’ their vehicle properly.
Mobility parks and permits
Mobility parking permits allow you to park in a Council-owned car park (excluding parking buildings) for longer than the time restriction. This recognises the extra time needed to go to and from destinations. With a mobility card you can park for 1 hour over any time restriction of 30 minutes or longer, or 1 hour over the time you've paid for.
Mobility scooter hire
We’ve got a beach wheelchair available for use – you can borrow it for a full day from Freyberg pool, 139 Oriental Parade. It's free of charge, and you can use it to travel on the sand and in the water at Oriental Bay.
Free mobility scooter hire
City Mobility is a Wellington City Council and TSB Bank project providing free mobility scooters to help people get around and enjoy Wellington city.
The scooters are safe and easy to use. Trained staff will show you how. The scooters are available to anyone aged 18 years or over who has limited mobility, from wheelchair users to the elderly. You're even eligible with a broken leg.
Backdoor rubbish collection
The Council offers backdoor rubbish collection for a charge or free to residents who qualify.
The Community Finder provides information and contact details on senior citizen organisations, services and facilities.
Community Finder - Seniors
The Council owns and manages 12 branch libraries which provide various services and facilities for senior citizens. All branches are wheelchair accessible.
Residential ratepayers on incomes up to $24,470 per annum may be eligible for a rates rebate of up to $610 for the current rating year. You can apply for a rebate for the current rating year only.
Each application is judged against criteria set by the Government. The criteria covers many points and, although the income limit is $24,470, you still may qualify for a rebate with a higher income figure if you have dependants, or if your rates are high.
For more information, and to get an application form, go to Rates Rebate Scheme - Department of Internal Affairs
You can also visit the Council Service Centre on Wakefield Street or phone the Rates team on 04 499 4444 for more information.
We provide affordable homes to low-income households, and to those who face barriers to other types of housing. Our rents are set at 70% of the market rent and are reviewed annually.
Fit seniors, who are able to maintain an independent lifestyle at the time of application, are a priority group. In order to qualify, you must be:
- without adequate housing
- a permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, or a new arrival who has submitted an application for permanent residence or refugee status.
Find out more
City Communities team