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Infrastructure and transportation

Wellington is a tech-orientated city, conveniently situated in the middle of New Zealand. This makes us a gateway by road, air and ship to many other parts of the country and the world.

computers

Digital connectivity

Wellington's CBD fibre and mobile coverage is comparable in speed, volume and reliability with most urban hubs in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Fibre coverage

New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure includes international broadband submarine cable systems and competitive onshore mobile networks. The Southern Cross cable alone delivers 240 Gbit/s of fully-protected bandwidth to the United States mainland, Hawaii and Australia. As demand increases, capacity can be doubled to 480Gbit/s.

Wellington was the first city in Australasia to provide free wi-fi in the CBD

Wellington has three fibre networks and heavy saturation fibre is available to all businesses in Wellington. In many cases dual or triple fibre is also offered. The three networks also provide businesses with a choice between fibre, copper (Ethernet) or both. 

The New Zealand Government has also partnered with the private sector to deliver a $1.5 billion programme of ultra-fast broadband to New Zealand businesses, health institutions, schools and homes.

Mobile networks in Wellington 

A mixture of 3G and 4G mobile networks are currently available in Wellington. New Zealand has number of mobile providers such as Spark, Vodafone2degrees and Skinny Direct.


A transport hub

Wellington's convenient location in the middle of the country means you'll find it easy to get here, and easy to get around.

A convenient international airport

Wellington International Airport is a convenient 20 minute drive from the city centre. As well as frequent, direct flights to cities in Australia, around 25 domestic locations can also be reached. The key airline carriers operating from Wellington are Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Sounds Air and Jetstar.

Auckland is only an hour away by air. From there, you and your freight can connect with a range of other international carriers, servicing both Asian and American hubs.

Aerial of Wellington wharf Westpac stadium and city infrastructure
Wellington's deep water port

A deep water port

Cook Strait sits on our doorstep making Wellington the key connector between New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Both the Interislander and Bluebridge ferries operate out of Wellington making several trips between the islands daily. Our deep-water port has the capacity to accommodate ships and cruise liners of all sizes and we welcome over 80 cruise ships each year.

Transportation cost comparison

New Zealand has cheaper import and export costs than Australia, with the following table providing a comparison for export and import costs as analysed by The World Bank.

 

New Zealand

Australia

Time to export (days)

10

9

Cost to export (USD per container)

$870

$1,100

Time to import (days)

9

8

Cost to import (USD per container)

$825

$1,120

Source: Doing Business 2013 – The World Bank

Improved road access

The Wellington Northern Corridor – from Wellington to Levin – has been deemed a Road of National Significance, with the government investing $415 million to develop it for motorists and freight connections. This represents significant economic opportunities for the region.

Cable car

Efficient public transport

It's been said that Wellington has the most used public transport system in New Zealand, with 30% of Wellingtonians using public transport – the highest percentage in New Zealand.

Our public transport system includes a network of trains, buses, ferries and our renowned red cable car

The 2014 Mercer Quality of Live Survey which measured the perceptions of over 5,000 residents living in six of the country’s largest urban areas reported that Wellington received the best marks for safe (74%), easy to access (86%) and reliable (56%) public transport.


Renewable energy production

Renewable energy plays an important role in New Zealand's energy supply system. Around 75% of electricity generated in New Zealand is from renewable sources. Wellington alone generates enough energy from surrounding wind turbines to power most of the city’s homes.

New Zealand’s share of geothermal energy is the highest in the International Energy Agency (IEA) and is second only to Iceland among OECD countries.

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