Wellington is served by an excellent transport network.
Getting to Wellington
Wellington International Airport
Wellington International Airport is located 5km from the city centre and has two terminals, each with a visitor centre. The terminal for domestic flights offers a left-luggage facility.
The small airline Soundsair also operate from there and fly daily across Cook Strait to Picton: around $60 one way; the flight lasts 20mn.
Interislander – Cook Strait ferries
Interislander operates frequent ferry services for foot and vehicle passengers between New Zealand's North and South Islands, linking Wellington and Picton: the three-hour crossing is one of the most spectacular in the world.
Wellington Railway Station
The Overlander (day train) and the Northener (night train) travel daily between Wellington and Auckland. The TranzCoastal train connects with the ferries at Picton and provides a daily service between Wellington and Christchurch. Trains are the perfect way to travel through country inaccessible by road and discover stunning scenery. Carriages offer air conditioning, comfortable seating and panoramic windows.
Wellington is located on New Zealand’s major highways, State Highways 1 & 2, so getting there by car, or by coach, is no problem. Driving is a good option as traffic is not heavy and you can enjoy the magnificent scenery at your own pace. Renting a campervan is also a popular option.
Wellington city centre has an extensive one-way system and finding somewhere to park can be a nightmare. At weekends you can take advantage of 2 hours of free parking in the city.
InterCity coaches provide 120 daily services connecting more than 600 town and cities across New Zealand. You can buy single tickets or, for a longer stay, you can opt for one of their travel passes; some can be used on Interislander ferries and/or include cruises in Milford Sounds and the Bay of Islands. There are pick up and drop off zones at Wellington train station,
Getting around Wellington
Buses and trolley buses:
Wellington has a very comprehensive network of local buses, linking the city centre to outlying suburbs. To get around the city, hop on a trolley bus: tickets cost $1 within the inner city and beyond prices vary according to zones. You can buy tickets from the driver. Passes are also available from the driver and are valid on the cable car to the Botanic Gardens.
Wellington is very compact, a walker’s city.
Kelburn Cable Car:
Address: Cable Car Lane, (next to McDonald's) and Upland Rd
The cable car runs every 10 minutes, Monday to Friday from 7am till 10pm; Saturday from 8:30am till 10pm; Sunday & Public Holidays from 9am till 10pm.
Wellington and the surrounding hills are a popular destination for mountain bike enthusiasts. The visitor centre has an excellent leaflet “off-road biking in Wellington city” with maps and detailed descriptions of the trails. Biking is also a great way of exploring the harbour area and the coast.
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