Getting to Wellington
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. Three airlines – Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar – 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.
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.
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.
There are also various bus companies running regular services into and out of Wellington, the main one being InterCity Coachlines.
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.