Windy and wonderful – New Zealand's dynamic capital city

Popularly known as the Windy City or Windy Wellington, the nation’s capital is a hilly harbour city with a fascinating mix of old and new architecture.

Welly is where travellers can take a ferry south but it’s also where the nation’s politicians come to work, which means the place is flooded with civil servants of all persuasions. Wellington is a thriving business and cultural base for companies and people who love the ease of life here.

Things to do

Birds and the bees

Ride the free shuttle from outside the cable-car museum at Kelburn lookout to Zealandia opens in new window, a 225ha eco-attraction that’s home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects.

Birds and the bees
Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, action!

Step onto a movie location opens in new window by visiting Mount Victoria, Hutt River, Harcourt Park, Kaitoke Regional Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Waitarere Forest or the Wairarapa Region, where many scenes from the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were filmed.

Live and learn

To deepen your local knowledge, visit the innovative, interactive Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa opens in new window. It showcases Maori and Pacific cultural treasures and the country’s extraordinary natural life, with important works of art and scientific and historic collections.

Live and learn
Star trek

Star trek

Take the quick stroll from Kelburn lookout to the Carter Observatory and Planetarium opens in new window and learn about the magic and science of Maori astronomy.

Top of the cable

Ride the cable car opens in new window from Lambton Quay in the CBD to the top entrance of the Botanic Garden and Kelburn lookout for spectacular views over Wellington.

Top of the cable

Airport information

Wellington International Airport opens in new window (WLG)

Distance to city centre 8km

Taxi A taxi into central Wellington takes 15-25 minutes and costs NZD $30-40

Shuttle SuperShuttle opens in new window transfers cost from NZD $20.

Bus The Airport Flyer opens in new window express bus departs every 10 minutes during peak hours, and 20 minutes at other times, taking around 45 minutes to the city centre. Local Metlink opens in new window bus route 11 between Wellington and Seatoun stops at the corner of Broadway and Hobart Streets, a 10-minute walk from the airport.

When to go

The summer season, from the end of the year up to around Easter, is the optimum time to make the most of Wellington outdoors, though temperatures rarely exceed 25°C. Thanks to proximity to the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, winter can be very windy (obviously) and wet, with temperatures as low as 4°C, though the city caters well for warm indoor activities.

The biennial International Festival of the Arts rounds out the end of summer with nearly a month of dance, theatre, writers, musicians and all manner of other arty types.

Getting around

opens in new windowMetlink Wellington is your one-stop shop for buses, trains and harbour ferries into, out of and around the city. There are four rail lines, over 100 bus routes and four harbour ferry stops. With a Snapper opens in new window smart card, available at newsagents and other retailers, you'll get a discount on buses, taxis, the cable car and even street parking.

Any questions?

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