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Travel to Wellington

Whether you're arriving by air, train, car or cruising into Wellington harbour on board a ferry or cruise ship, you'll find it's easy to get to Wellington.

By air


Within New Zealand
Wellington is less than one hour’s flight from New Zealand's main cities and domestic services are plentiful. You can fly here from most regions with Air New Zealand, and Jetstar also offers flights to Wellington from select New Zealand centres. 

It's easy to hop across the ditch to visit Wellington. Five airlines fly direct from Australia:

Coming from overseas? You can fly to Wellington from most international ports via Australia (see above routes). The new Singapore Airlines route now offers an easy connection between Singapore and Wellington, with just a short transit in Melbourne. You can also fly direct to Wellington from Nadi, Fiji with Fiji Airways

Getting to and from Wellington Airport

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Wellington International Airport is an easy 15 minute drive from the city centre. If you don't have your own car, then a door to door taxi or shared ride shuttle service will get you to your destination hassle-free. Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal.

Alternatively, jump on the convenient Airport Flyer express bus service. The service runs regularly from Wellington International Airport to the Hutt Valley, through the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate - Lower Hutt.

By road


New Zealand is the ideal country to explore by road as traffic is not heavy and the scenery is spectacular. Wellington is located on New Zealand's major highways - State Highways 1 and 2.

If you're looking for a rental car or campervan, there's plenty of options from budget to luxury.

Keep an eye out for the brown road signs displaying grapes as you travel along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Use this Time and Distance Calculator as a handy tool to help plan your trip.

If you are visiting Wellington on a self-drive holiday make sure you check out this information about driving in New Zealand and then test your knowledge with this free road code rules quiz. If you're travelling by camper van, be sure to check the useful Camping in New Zealand guide.

By train

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Rail company KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operates a popular overland service - The Northern Explorer - between Auckland and Wellington. The journey takes approximately 12 hours.


By sea

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Wellington is a coastal gateway between the North and South islands, with regular ferry services taking passengers and vehicles across the Cook Strait.

The stunning three hour journey through Wellington Harbour and the Marlborough Sounds is serviced by two companies - Interislander and Bluebridge.

By cruise

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Wellington is a popular stop for cruise ships and most berth at the Aotea Quay Terminal. Aotea Quay is two kilometres from downtown Wellington - approximately a 10 minute journey by shuttle bus.

Transport options from the wharf include taxis, pre-booked shore excursions and dedicated cruise shuttle buses.