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


Use Wellington as your starting point north or south. Direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane arrive at Wellington Airport via Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar. 

Once in New Zealand, Wellington is the hub for domestic air services and you're never more than an hours flight away from all the main centres. 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.


Two companies operate car and passenger services across the Cook Strait - Interislander and Bluebridge. These inter-island 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


Explore New Zealand by train. 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 to trade only. 

Note: The Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific are currently in hibernation.


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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