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Destination Wellington


Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and the world's southernmost capital city. It is also the country's cultural and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand.


Home to many museums, galleries, theatres, festivals and events, Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries and is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX). The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.



Wellington’s weather gets a fair bit of slack and, yes, it can get a bit windy from time-to-time. But the capital actually enjoys a temperate and often sunny climate, enjoying around 2,000 sunshine hours a year. The warmest month is February, the coolest is July, and average annual rainfall is 1270mm.


Winter weather: June – August

Average daily max: 11.5°C / 53°F min: 6.5°C/44°F


Wellington’s winter tends to be wet rather than frosty, with around a 55% daily chance of rain through the winter months. So a Wellington winter wardrobe is more likely to waterproof than woollen. Only 5% of that rain is classified as heavy, however.


The city is also well-designed for winter with plenty of indoor activities and warm dining options, including the annual Visa Wellington On a Plate culinary festival.


Travelling to Wellington


By air

Wellington is less than one hour’s flight from New Zealand's main cities. Three airlines - Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia - fly directly from Australia and domestic services are plentiful.


Wellington International Airport is an easy 15 minute drive from the city centre. If you don't have your own car, then a door to door taxi or shared ride shuttle service will get you to your destination hassle-free. Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal.


Alternatively, jump on the convenient Airport Flyer express bus service. The service runs at least once every 20 minutes from Wellington International Airport to the Hutt Valley, through the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate - Lower Hutt. The timetable for Airport Flyer is available on the Metlink website. 


By road

New Zealand is the ideal country to explore by road as traffic is not heavy and the scenery is spectacular. Wellington is located on New Zealand's major highways - State Highways 1 and 2.


If you're looking for a rental car or campervan, there's plenty of options from budget to luxury.


Keep an eye out for the brown road signs displaying grapes as you travel along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.


Use this Time and Distance Calculator as a handy tool to help plan your trip.

If you are visiting Wellington on a self-drive holiday make sure you check out this information about driving in New Zealand and then test your knowledge with this free road code rules quiz.


By train

Rail company KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operates a popular overland service - The Northern Explorer - between Auckland and Wellington. The journey takes approximately 12 hours.


Interisland ferry services from Wellington also link with their Coastal Pacific train service from Picton to Christchurch.


By sea

Wellington is a coastal gateway between the North and South islands, with regular ferry services taking passengers and vehicles across the Cook Strait.


The stunning journey through Wellington Harbour and the Marlborough Sounds is serviced by two companies - Interislander and Bluebridge.



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