Wellington travel guide

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You're Going to Love Wellington

Wellington is relaxed and upbeat, full of residents who are more than willing to show you around. Embark on nature safaris and scale mountains in the same city you would shop and dance the night away.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Wellington

1. Nerds Unite!

...at the Weta Workshop, responsible for the mock-ups, sets, and production of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Make sure to book your tickets for tours online in advance.

2. Views of the City at Brooklyn Wind Turbine

The Brooklyn Wind Turbine is the best spot for you to take in a breathtaking view of Wellington, the harbor, and Cook Strait. Go at sunset for a real treat.

3. Nature in the Urban at Wellington Botanic Garden

While the adults are relaxing, strolling through the beautiful gardens, kids can interact at Space Place, an astronomy and space museum in the park featuring planetarium shows and interactive science exhibits.

4. The Mountains

You don't need to scale Mount Victoria and Mount Kaukau on foot because there are buses that will take you up there. Don't miss these spectacular lookout points.

5. A Kiwi Wildlife Safari

Head to Zealandia at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can watch endangered birds and animals in a natural haven.

Where to Eat in Wellington

Beach Babylon is the place to go for authentic New Zealand cuisine with a stunning view of the beach. A retro-styled, beach-side cafe and restaurant, it has great drinks and mains like rostis, fondue platters, tarahiki fish, and slow roasted pork belly. Expect to pay between NZ$10 and NZ$30, per person, depending on what you order.

When to visit Wellington

Wellington in February
Estimated hotel price
$114
1 night at 3-star hotel
Wellington in February
Estimated hotel price
$114
1 night at 3-star hotel

Hold on to your hats and your hair because Wellington is known as the world's windiest city. However, it's very pleasant to travel through the region's urban area as the temperatures don't drop below 32 on the coldest of winter nights, while the summers are a comfortable 77.

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How to Get to Wellington

Plane

Travelers will arrive at Wellington International Airport (WLG), which is located just three miles southeast of the city's center. There are plenty of shuttle services and taxis waiting directly outside the terminal.

Train

Use the InterCity train service to get from Auckland to Wellington for a single adult fare of NZ$41.

Car

To drive from Auckland to Wellington without exploring or stopping, use the State Highway 1 and head south.

Bus

Buses depart from the InterCity Auckland bus terminal at Sky City and get in to Platform 9 of the Wellington Railway Station. Fares vary by days traveled but a standard, one-way adult fare for direct overnight service starts at NZ$34.

Airports near Wellington

Airlines serving Wellington

United Airlines
Good (2,263 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,721 reviews)
British Airways
Good (710 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (905 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (426 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (555 reviews)
Finnair
Good (320 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,549 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (170 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (544 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (109 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (97 reviews)
Thai Airways
Excellent (26 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (121 reviews)
Asiana Airlines
Excellent (41 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (73 reviews)
EVA Air
Excellent (35 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (33 reviews)
Jetstar
Good (34 reviews)
Fiji Airways
Excellent (11 reviews)
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Where to stay in Wellington

You can always expect to be pampered when you stay in style at the InterContinental Hotel Wellington. For more mid-range accommodations, choose a room at the CityLife Wellington.

Popular neighbourhoods in Wellington

Wellington Central - this is the main hub of Wellington, its core for shopping, restaurants, businesses, nightlife, and galleries.

Te Aro - the heart of Te Aro is a bustling commercial and business center, as well as much of Wellington's entertainment and nightlife spots.

Pipitea - this is the perfect neighborhood, with a vibrant student life, thanks to the presence of the Victoria University of Wellington. Its proximity to the water, Westpac Stadium, and Wellington Botanic Garden make it a real draw for travelers and locals alike.

Where to stay in popular areas of Wellington

Most booked hotels in Wellington

Intercontinental Wellington, An IHG Hotel
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$241+
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$177+
Rydges Wellington
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$175+
ibis Wellington
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$145+
Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers
Good (7.1, Good reviews)
$30+
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How to Get Around Wellington

Public Transportation

Metlink runs a bus and train system divided into three zones. A single adult fare starts at NZ$2 for a single zone. If you're staying long-term, you can grab a monthly pass for NZ$132.50 and use an electronic Snapper Card to get 20% off all fares, as long as you tap when boarding and tap again when leaving.

Taxi

You can hail a taxi on the streets or you can pre-book with companies like Green Cabs or Wellington Combined Taxis. Keep in mind that there may be extra charges for airport pick-up, phone bookings, or electronic payment. Fares start at a base rate of NZ$3.50 and it's NZ$1.65 per mile thereafter.

Car

Avis, Apex, and Go Rentals are just some of the providers in Wellington. Rates for a standard, 4-door car vary but generally start at NZ$25 a day.

The Cost of Living in Wellington

Shopping Streets

Start at the Old Bank Arcade, housed in a gorgeous historical building, or the Westfield Queensgate. Lovers of vintage will find Hunters and Collectors simply divine.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk costs NZ$2.72 and a dozen eggs costs NZ$4.74.

Cheap meal
$18.99
A pair of jeans
$119.08
Single public transport ticket
$4.04
Cappuccino
$4.99