Surrounded by a beautiful harbour by nature, Wellington is fun, compact and easy to explore. The city offers many restaurants, cafés and bars serving superb casual dining experiences. Be sure to ride the Cable Car where you can wander through the Botanic Garden. Everything is in walking distance and there is always something going on in this New Zealand city.View our Wellington travel guide
Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Wellington (WLG)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Cairns to Wellington
Cairns to Wellington flight information
The approximate flight time for flights from Cairns to Wellington is 8 hours and 35 minutes.
When to visit
The best time to visit Wellington is in summer which is the city's warmest and sunniest time of year with temperatures hitting between 19°C and 20°C. Autumn between March and May when the weather begins to cool which means it's a great time to take advantage of Wellington's many museums and galleries. Winter, which spans from June to August, is considered the low season, and it's typically characterised by strong gusty Antarctic winds.
What is the main airport called?
Wellington Airport (WLG).Opens external site in a new window It is an international airport located in the suburb of Rongotai in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Wellington Airport is located just a 20 minute drive from Wellington CBD.
Arriving in Wellington
The friendly staff at Wellington Airport will greet you when you land, and from there, getting into the city is simple.
Getting into Wellington from the airport
Wellington Airport is 8 kilometres away from the Central Business District (CBD). The average journey by taxi is around 15 to 25 minutes depending on traffic and time of day. Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on the ground floor of the main terminal. An airport shuttle is a cheaper option with the rank outside the main terminal and can be pre-booked in advance. Wellington airport offers convenient car rental services from a variety of operators and making a reservation is easy. It's a great way to explore the region at your own pace. Car sharing services are available, along with the Metlink Route 2 public bus service.
Getting around Wellington
Wellington’s compact city centre means that it’s incredibly easy to get around - on foot, bike, by public transport, rideshare or private car. Alternatively, book a guided tour from a local company to explore hidden local gems and meet some of Wellington's local personalities. Wellington has an excellent public transport system with buses, trains and ferries. 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. Cycling, shuttle services and taxis are also available to get you where you need to go in Wellington.
Fly from Cairns
Fly from Cairns. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Cairns Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
The benefits of flying Qantas
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