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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.
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.
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. The timetable for Airport Flyer is available on the Metlink website.
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.
Rail company KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operates a popular overland service - The Northern Explorer - between Auckland and Wellington. The journey takes approximately 12 hours.
Wellington is a popular stop for cruise ships and most berth at the Aotea Quay Terminal. Aotea Quay is 1.3 km from downtown Wellington - approximately a 20 minute walk.
Transport options from the wharf include taxis, pre-booked shore excursions and dedicated cruise shuttle buses.