Transport options

Wellington’s compact city centre means that it’s incredibly easy to get around - on foot or on a bike, by public transport, rideshare or private car. Choose to follow your nose or book a guided tour from a local company to see hidden local gems and meet some of Wellington's local personalities.

Wellington City Waterfront_People enjoying the waterfront

Walking in Wellington

One of the best ways to explore Wellington is on foot. The central city is only two kilometres in diameter, meaning you can walk from one side to the other in under 30 minutes.

Let the knowledgeable guides at Walk Wellington take you on a tour of the city or grab a Wellington downtown map and explore for yourself.

Wellington Downtown Map [PDF 9.5mb]

Public transport

Wellington has an excellent public transport system which is well used by the locals.

Metlink has an easy to use journey planner to help you get anywhere within the Wellington region using buses, trains or ferries. Be sure to pick up a Snapper card from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre - it's the cheaper and faster way to pay.

The Wellington Cable Car leaves from downtown Wellington to the leafy, village-like suburb of Kelburn. At the top of the Cable Car, you will find some of the best views of Wellington.

Here, you will also find the award-winning Cable Car Museum, and the start of the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Wellington Cable Car
Pencarrow Coast Lighthouse


With Wellington being so compact, getting around on a bike is also a great way to see the city. Hire bikes from Fergs Kayaks on the waterfront, My Ride Wellington on Vivian Street, or Switched On Bikes who offer electric bike hire and guided tours. Store your bike at one of the many bike racks around the central city.

For a day trip bike adventure hire bikes from Green Jersey (Petone and Martinborough) to cycle around to Pencarrow Lighthouse or around the Martinborough vineyards.

For adventurous cyclists, head out and enjoy Wellington's mountain biking tracks - there are a number just on the fringe of the city.

Tour companies

Whether you like nature, film, coffee or cute animals, Wellington has got you covered.

Our tour companies are experts at showing you the city from a local's perspective. Plus they'll share their knowledge and stories with you along the way.

Take a Zest Food Tour for a foodie's guide to Wellington; take a walking tour of Wellington with Te Wharewaka o Poneke and learn about the city's Māori heritage; discover iconic shoot locations from the Lord of the Rings films on a Rover Rings Tours; plus plenty more.

Couple on Lord of the Rings tour on Wellington Rover Tours
Cable Street

Parking in Wellington

For those travelling around Wellington with a car, you'll find there's plenty of parking available throughout the city. If you're visiting in a camper van, check out the super helpful Camping in New Zealand guide.

Taxis, shuttles & ride sharing

There are plenty of taxi companies in Wellington to get you where you need to go. You'll also find that the drivers at Wellington Combined Taxis can be hired out by the hour, to show you around the city.

Shuttles are available through the city, such as Super Shuttle.

Uber and Zoomy are popular ride sharing services in Wellington, and you'll also be glad to note that Wellington Airport is a ride sharing friendly airport.

Wellington Combined taxis
Mevo cars


Whether you're a local, visiting Wellington, or simply new to the city, Mevo has you covered for all your vehicles needs.

Mevo is Australasia's first and only free-floating, climate positive car-share - which means Mevos's hybrid electric vehicles are available to you on-demand, for all of your needs.

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