Getting Here

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

Wellington Airport
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Wellington Airport exterior plane

By Air

Flying into Wellington is a breeze, with direct connectivity from all over New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Singapore, across a variety of airlines.  Less than an hour's flight from most regional centres, Air New Zealand and Jetstar both offer frequent domestic services.

You can also fly non-stop to Wellington from all major eastern Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast). Book with Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia, or Jetstar for an easy 3-4 hour hop across the ditch.

Wellington International Airport is an easy 15 minute drive from the city centre, with a convenient Airport Flyer express bus service.

Wellington International Airport 2019 Credit Shane Saheem
Interislander sailing through the Marlborough Sounds

By Sea

Wellington is a coastal gateway between the North and South islands, with regular ferry services across the Cook Strait to and from Picton. The picturesque three-and-a-half hour journey through the Marlborough Sounds is serviced by two companies - Interislander and Bluebridge, with several departure times throughout the day. Taking a vehicle is as easy as parking in a carpark building - just drive on and drive off.

By 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.

Major international rental car companies have depots in Wellington, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Apex, Omega and Go Rentals.


By Train

The Northern Explorer by Great Journeys of New Zealand is a spectacular rail journey connecting Wellington with Auckland, including stops at Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park and Hamilton. The nine-hour journey travels three times a week in each direction, taking you through a diverse mix of North Island landscapes – from the rolling hills of the Waikato region, to the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park, to the sparkling Kāpiti Coast. Be sure to experience the unique open-air viewing carriage, and watch the majestic scenery go by.

By Cruise

Wellington is a popular cruise destination, with over 120 cruise ship visits each year. Cruise liners dock at Aotea Quay, a ten-minute shuttle journey to the city centre. A compact and walkable downtown area makes Wellington a great place to visit by ship. To see what cruise itineraries visit Wellington, enquire with a travel agent such as Flight Centre, House of Travel or Helloworld.

Cruise ships at Centre Port

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