Getting Around

Wellington is very compact and it is easy to explore on foot, but the public transport option is a good one, for the city has an excellent system. NZ Bus is the largest bus company in New Zealand and operates in the city. Taxis are another option, and plentiful and convenient. A cable car connects downtown Wellington to the Botanic Gardens on the hilltop. Ferries ply between Wellington harbour and the village of Eastbourne. Those wishing to explore the outlying regions such as the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa wine country, or Kapiti Coast can make use of the Tranz Metro train service.


Wellington International Airport

The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Wellington.

Wellington International Airport (WLG)


The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Wellington.

Getting to the city

Shuttle services and taxis all go to the city centre.


Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis can be hailed outside the baggage claims area.

Transfer between terminals

There is only one terminal. Arrivals is located on the lower level while departures is on the upper level.


Facilities at the airport include left luggage, bureaux de change, ATMs, bars, shops and restaurants, a parent's room, post office and a tourist information and hotel reservations desk. Disabled facilities are good and those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance.


Parking at Wellington International Airport ranges from about NZD 10 per half hour up to about NZD 54 per day for Premium parking, which is close to the terminal. Long-term parking is around NZD 29 for the first day and NZD 10 per day thereafter. The long-term parking lot is situated off Freight Drive and regularly serviced by a free airport shuttle.