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
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, Jetstar or Singapore Airlines for an easy 3-4 hour hop across the ditch.
Singapore Airlines also offers a connection from Singapore to Wellington, via Melbourne. The route’s aircraft has just been upgraded to one of the world’s newest planes, the Airbus A350 - plus from January 2020, the frequency will increase from four times to five times a week.
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.
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.
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.
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.