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Getting around Wellington

You'll find it easy to get around Wellington. The downtown area is compact so restaurants, cafes, hotels, attractions and transport are all within walking distance. Explore the region with our accessible and affordable public transport or join a tour to see the city from an insider's perspective.

Walking in Wellington

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One of the best ways to explore Wellington is on foot. The central city is only two kilometres in diameter, meaning you can walk from one side to the other in under 20 minutes.

Let the knowledgeable guides at Walk Wellington take you on a tour of the city or grab a Wellington downtown map [PDF, 4.30MB, 1 page] and explore for yourself.

Public transport

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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 using buses, trains or ferries. Be sure to pick up a Snapper card from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - it's the cheaper and faster way to pay. 

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.

Tour companies

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Whether you like nature, film, coffee or cute animals, Wellington has got you covered.

Our tour companies are experts at showing you the city from a local's perspective. Plus they'll share their knowledge and stories with you along the way.


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With Wellington being so compact, getting around on a bike is also a great way to see the city. Store your bike at one of the many bike racks around the central city. 

For adventurous cyclists, head out and enjoy Wellington's mountain biking tracks - there are a number just on the fringe of the city. 

Parking in Wellington

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For those travelling around Wellington with a car, you'll find there's plenty of parking available throughout the city. Plus, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, on-street parking in the city is free (up to two hours). 



There are plenty of taxi companies in Wellington to get you where you need to go. 

You'll also find that the drivers at Wellington Combined Taxis can be hired out by the hour, to show you around the city.

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