Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s south most point on the Cook Strait. It’s situated at the south- western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range. The city encompasses a waterfront promenade, lovely beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington." Discover Wellington that’s surrounded by nature with a mix of cultures, history and cuisine.View our Wellington travel guide
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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.
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