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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Wellington (WLG)

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Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, or PayID. A fee applies for other payments. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Fares displayed are the lowest available and may not apply on direct flights. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines.

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Visiting from Cairns to Wellington

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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.

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Flight information

Cairns to Wellington (CNS to WLG)

The approximate 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. 

Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Wellington Airport (WLG).Opens in a new tab or 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. 

Departure information

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 in a new tab or 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.

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 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.      

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Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Find out all you need to know about checked baggage.

Food and drinks on every flight

Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine+.

Inflight entertainment

Enjoy a range of entertainment on every flight including TV, the latest movies and more+.

Important Information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, PayID or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days.  Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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