Travel trade toolkit

Top tips for travel sellers

Wide of the cable car driving up the tracks with the sun setting over Wellington city and harbour in the background.
Located in Wellington's Naumi Hotel, the room features a king-sized bed, a wardrobe, and a small table with a chair. The floor-to-ceiling window, draped with sheer material, offers a city view.
Looking down on Cuba street as hundreds of people flood the street for CubaDupa wearing bright colours.
People enjoying a Zealandia twilight tour, surrounded by bush and led by a tour guide.
Two cyclists are riding through a vineyard in Martinborough, Wairarapa.
Two cyclists are riding e-bikes along the walkway at Oriental Bay in Wellington.
Wide of the cable car driving up the tracks with the sun setting over Wellington city and harbour in the background.

One night is never enough in Wellington

Most visitors to Wellington travel from Rotorua or Napier and arrive in the late afternoon. It’s important to allow at least two nights in Wellington to give your clients a full day to fit everything in.

Consider adding on an extra night of accommodation so they can explore the wider Wellington region. Popular choices are day trips to Wairarapa or Kāpiti Coast.

Located in Wellington's Naumi Hotel, the room features a king-sized bed, a wardrobe, and a small table with a chair. The floor-to-ceiling window, draped with sheer material, offers a city view.

Wellington often has more rooms available in summer

Wellington is the capital and home to many businesses, making it a popular corporate destination.

There is less corporate travel from mid-December to early February, so summer is a great time for leisure travellers to visit.

There is usually more accommodation available during these months too, when other parts of the country may be fully booked.

Looking down on Cuba street as hundreds of people flood the street for CubaDupa wearing bright colours.

Check when big events are on in the city

From major international sport, concerts, and festivals, to exhibitions, community events, and conferences, Wellington has it all.

Major events often draw in big crowds so make sure you check what’s on and book your client’s accommodation and activities early.

Events
People enjoying a Zealandia twilight tour, surrounded by bush and led by a tour guide.

Book in advance during peak season

There is often more demand during the busy summer months. To ensure your clients don’t miss out, it is a good idea to book activities in advance.

Wellington is also a cruise destination, with ships regularly visiting between October and April, and movie, city, and nature tours are very popular with cruise ship passengers.

Cruise ship information
Two cyclists are riding through a vineyard in Martinborough, Wairarapa.

Take the scenic route

If your clients are self-driving, encourage them to take the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. This route is 380 kilometres (or 236 miles) and travels through regions accounting for more than 80% of New Zealand’s wine production. It features stunning scenery and indulgent wine and food experiences.

Follow the grape signs along State Highway 2, from Hawkes Bay in the north, through Wairarapa to Wellington. Cross the Cook Strait on the ferry and finish in Marlborough in the South Island.

Two cyclists are riding e-bikes along the walkway at Oriental Bay in Wellington.

Choose sustainable experiences

Wellington has many activities and experiences that are perfect for clients who want eco and carbon-friendly itineraries.

Many of Wellington’s local tour companies are operating with a sustainability-first approach, and the compact city makes it easy to reduce carbon emissions by walking.

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