Wellington city and harbour at night
Wellington Harbour


This city might be small, but with impressive restaurants, art-lined laneways, quirky boutiques, and cool hotels all crammed in; our Wellington travel guide will show you the way. With creativity and invention fuelling the city, Wellington’s natural surrounds are the perfect picturesque balance to the energetic vibe filling the cool capital of New Zealand.

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

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Pack more into your trip with checked and carry-on baggage included in every fare.

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Frequent Flyer program

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Points in Australia and around the world and can earn Status Credits on eligible flights.

Places to stay

Hotels with harbour views, delightfully dapper deals or cheap yet cheerful beds for those on a budget, Wellington has a little something for everyone. In the centre of things, you’ll find a suite of accommodation options, including DoubleTree by Hilton, Grand Mercure Wellington, and Park Hotel, that’ll place you in the middle of the city’s nightlife and restaurants. Luxurious stays can also be had at the city’s only 5-star stay, the InterContinental Wellington, the Bolten Hotel which is a boutique stay near Parliament, or the Museum Hotel which is close to Te Papa for culture lovers.

For those that want water views, stay along the harbour near Oriental Bay, at the quirky QT Museum Wellington or the firm favourite the Copthorne Hotel, to make the most of the stunning views and awesome attractions. Cute Airbnbs and fun backpackers, like The Marion and The Dwellington, are also aplenty in the city so if you’re on a budget, you’re in the right place.

If you fancy getting out of Wellington, there is no better place to spread out in style than at Wharekauhau which is New Zealand's most exclusive country estate. No matter what you’re after, it’s easy to find your pocket in this capital city.

Things to do

Whether you want to take it slow while strolling the charming streets or pack as much in as possible, Wellington is well placed for you to pick and choose what pace suits you. As well as being the nation’s capital, Wellington also hosts some of New Zealand’s best coffee with cafes like Coffee Supreme, Acme & Co, and Flight Coffee all serving up seriously good morning brews. 

No visit to Wellington would be complete without a trip to Te Papa Tongarewa which is one of New Zealand’s most prized museums with innovative takes on the country’s rich history and engaging exhibitions. Another cultural hotspot is Hannahs Laneway which is an inner city maze of alleyways featuring tasty treats you’ll want to track down like Fix and Fogg’s Wellington-made peanut butter or Pizza Pomodoro’s epic slices.

Head for the snap-happy colourful boat sheds lining Clyde Quay Harbour in Oriental Bay. For interesting boutiques and one-of-a-kind gifts, Precinct 35 is a creative hub of locally produced fashion, homewares and baked goods. If you want to work out something besides your wallet, head for a hike up Rangituhi Colonial Knob or Escarpment Walk is a beautiful coastal trail.


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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times.

Disclaimer: ± Inflight entertainment varies by route and aircraft.

Disclaimer: #You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.