Head to Wellington by road, air, sea or rail. Wellington central is perfect for exploring by foot, and public transport is readily available for heading further afield.

By Road

Wellington is the gateway between the two main islands. The easiest way to drive to and from Wellington is using State Highway 1, which runs the length of the country.

Approx drive times and distances to other cities:




Approx Drive Time

Wellington to Paraparaumu



40 min

Wellington to Masterton



1 hour 50 mins

Wellington to Napier



4 hours 50 mins

Wellington to New Plymouth



5 hours 10 mins

Wellington to Taupo



5 hours 10 mins


Your clients can get around the North Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers.

Driving Routes
State Highways 1 and 2 head north from Wellington, however if heading south, clients must take a ferry before continuing on State Highway 1, which runs down the entire South Island.

By Air

Wellington airport has both international and domestic terminals.

Domestic airlines include:
Air New Zealand
Sounds Air
Air Chathams
Golden Bay Air

International Airlines:
Air New Zealand
Virgin Australia

Charter Airlines:
Vincent Aviation

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Wellington to Nelson

30 mins

Wellington to Christchurch

45 mins

Wellington to Auckland

1 hour

Wellington to Hamilton

1 hour 5 mins

Wellington to Rotorua

1 hour 10 mins

Wellington to Queenstown

1 hour 55 mins


Getting to and from the airport
Both the international and domestic terminals are a 20 minute drive from the city centre depending on the time of day. 

There are various transport options available to the city centre including taxis (approx $25-35), airport shuttle (first person $22, $6 per person thereafter) and Flyer Bus ($9).

By Sea

Two main ferry options let clients travel easily between the North and South Island:

The Interislander takes approximately 3 hours and offers either passenger or car services.  In the peak season there are 5 trips a day between Wellington and Picton.

Bluebridge offers passenger and car ferry services up to 4 times a day.

By Rail

There are local train services operating between Wellington City and Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley.

However, if clients want to go further afield they can get the Northern Explorer, which runs through the North Island up to Auckland regularly.

Getting Around Wellington

Getting around Wellington City is easy by foot.  However, Go Wellington buses also provide an option to get around the city and to surrounding areas.

The Cable Car takes clients from the city up to the Carter Observatory and Botanic Gardens.

Clients can also cruise the harbour on the local ferry service.

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