Getting to Wellington

Whether they fly into Wellington, take the ferry or train or arrive by road, there are many ways for your clients to get to Wellington

Flights

Use Wellington as your starting point north or south. Wellington has good trans-Tasman connectivity with direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane arriving via Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar. 

Once in New Zealand, Wellington is the hub for domestic air services and you're only an hour's flight away from Auckland and Christchurch international airports. There's flights every hour between Auckland and Wellington on Air New Zealand and Jetstar, around ten flights a day to Christchurch and around three flights a day to Queenstown.

From Auckland 1 hour
From Rotorua 1 hour 10 minutes
From Christchurch 45 minutes
From Queenstown 1 hour 20 minutes

Note: the International flight schedule may vary during the COVID period.

Ferry

Two companies operate car and passenger services across the Cook Strait - Interislander and Bluebridge. These ferries travel between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and the three-and-a-half-hour sailing between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourism activities.

Taking a vehicle is as easy as parking in a car park building - just drive on and off. There are several sailings daily but demand is high in New Zealand's summer and booking ahead is strongly advised. 

From Picton 3 hours 30 minutes

Train

Explore New Zealand by train with Great Journeys of New Zealand. The day-long Northern Explorer journey connects Auckland and Wellington. If you're taking the ferry across to the South Island it's easy to catch the Coastal Pacific from Picton down to Christchurch via the stunning Kaikoura coastline. Interislander-Coastal Pacific thoroughfares mean passengers can travel between Wellington and Christchurch (or vice versa) in one day and on one ticket. Free stopovers in Kaikoura are also available. 

Note: The Northern Explorer will resume its service on the 25th of September 2022 and the Coastal Pacific will resume on the 29th of September 2022.

Road

Located at the bottom of the North Island, Wellington is positioned on both of New Zealand’s two major state highways, SH1 and SH2. It’s also a stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail – keep an eye out for the brown signs displaying grapes as you travel along the scenic driving route.

From Auckland 9 hours 30 minutes
From Rotorua 5 hours 30 minutes
From Wellington International Airport 15 minutes

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