Culinary Capital

Pop into the city or plan a Wellington long weekend. Whether for a quick bite or a long night, there is always something on to satisfy your appetite in the culinary capital.

From undercover atriums to outdoor surroundings, visitors can get a taste of local produce and products from Wellington’s wide range of boutique weekend markets. To sample local flavours and pick up some gifts for those left back home, head to the markets or take a stroll down Hannah’s Laneway. Right in the heart of the city, this laneway is salted caramel, chocolate, craft beer, coffee, handcrafted soda, pizza and peanut butter heaven, it is without question the tastiest laneway in New Zealand, and quite possibly the world.

The capital is home to a number of purveyors of delicious beverages. And just over an hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington city, you’ll find the wine-growing region of Wairarapa, home to over 20 wineries. If that’s not all, over two weeks in August we transform Wellington even more of a foodie heaven, as Visa WOAP celebrates all things food and drink.


Getting to Wellington

By plane
Wellington is less than one hour’s flight from New Zealand’s main cities, and Wellington International Airport is just 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Four airlines – Air New Zealand, Qantas, Jetstar and Singapore Airlines – fly directly from Australia and there are frequent domestic flights from all around New Zealand.

Taxis, shuttles and the Airport Flyer – a state-of-the-art bus service featuring leather seats and free Wi-Fi – offer easy transfers into the city.

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By car, train or bus
New Zealand has perfect road trip conditions with very little traffic and a heap of more than decent scenery. Wellington is located on New Zealand’s major highways – state highways 1 and 2.

This driving distance calculator can help you plan your road trip. Rental cars and campervans are affordable and convenient options for travelling around New Zealand.

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National bus and train services arrive at Wellington Railway Station which is located in the city centre. Kiwi Rail operates a popular train service – The Northern Explorer – between Auckland and Wellington, connecting Wellington with most major North Island cities.

The journey takes around 10 hours and takes you through some of the most stunning parts of the North Island.

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There are also various bus companies running regular services into and out of Wellington, the main one being InterCity Coachlines.


Needing accommodation while you’re in town for Visa Wellington On a Plate? We recommend staying at the Intercontinental Wellington or Bolton Hotel.

Visiting the regions of Wellington

Visa Wellington On a Plate is a truly regional festival. Take the time to explore what’s going on outside the city centre too. Check out what’s going on in:

Year round foodie events

Hungry for more chances to savour the best culinary experiences in the Wellington region? Satisfy your appetite with these events happening throughout the year.

During Wellington’s major events, the hospitality community play a key role. Keep an eye out during events such as World of Wearable Arts and the NZ Festival for great deals and dinners.

Sights & Activities

From culture to coffee, music to movie-making, Wellington’s sights and sounds will leave you wanting more. Make the most of your time in the capital and go and explore what our compact harbour city has to offer.

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