Wellington is a very compact city, with downtown only being 2 kilometres wide.
Walking is one of the best ways to get around, while the transport infrastructure will enable you to go further afield with ease.
You can use our maps and guides for more information about getting around the city and the Wellington region.
Wellington is a compact city. The best way to explore the city is by foot. Many guided and self-guided walks start from the downtown area.
Tour companies are another excellent way to discover Wellington, as the engaging guides are bound to have many stories to share.
Wellington has an excellent public transport system which is well used by the locals. Metlink has an easy to use journey planner to help you get anywhere within the Wellington region.
Metlink services include buses, trains and ferries.
A Snapper card is the fastest, most cost-effective way to pay for single journeys on nearly 400 buses in the Wellington region, across Go Wellington, Valley Flyer, Airport Flyer and Runcimans services.
The Wellington Cable Car leaves from downtown Wellington to the leafy, village-like suburb of Kelburn. At the top of the Cable Car, you will find some of the best views of Wellington. Here, you will also find the award-winning Cable Car Museum, and the start of the Wellington Botanic Garden.
Wellington has a compact, reasonably flat city centre and a city council committed to providing services and facilities that are accessible to everyone. Most attractions and public buildings can also be easily accessed.
Available from various city locations, mobility scooters can be booked by people aged 18+ for up to four hours free of charge.
Pick up a brochure or phone Wellington City Council on +64 4 499 4444 for more information.
Mobility parking permits
These are issued by CCS Disability Action to people who use a wheelchair or mobility device and/or are unable to walk 200 metres unaided. Permit holders are allowed to park in designated mobility parking spaces for the time indicated on the parking meter.
For more information, contact CCS Disability Action on +64 4 568 9000.
Looking for somewhere to park in downtown Wellington on the weekend?
There are plenty of taxi companies in Wellington. Search our listings for taxi companies. Note that the drivers at Wellington Combined Taxis can also be hired out by the hour, to show you around the city.