The Wellington City Council has reopened two building blocks of newly refurbished council flats.
The Berkley Dallard and Etona Apartments in the suburb of Brooklyn were closed 18 months ago for the $28.4 million project.
The upgrade is part of a $400 million rejuvenation of council housing - now in its seventh year - jointly funded by the council and the Government.
The upgrade included earthquake-strengthening, extensive remodelling and the reorganisation of layout, insulation and fire protection.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said she welcomed the completion of the latest refurbishment.
"It's great to be upgrading our social housing and we do have more of that project to do, for example the Arlington complex and so forth," she said.
"We have done some of the really big ones already - Newtown Park and Hanson Court flats..."
Ms Wade-Brown said this latest project came in on time and on budget.