Wellington International Airport is an easy 15 minute drive from the city centre. If you don’t want to rent a 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 the ground level of the main terminal. An average taxi fare to the city is between NZ$30-40, and the shuttle fares start at NZ$20. All taxis take cash, credit cards (VISA or Mastercard) and EFTPOS. Wellington Airport also provides a dedicated pick up point for ride sharing app users, which can be found on the ground floor arrivals area.
Alternatively, jump on the convenient Airport Flyer express bus service. This public bus service runs regularly from Wellington International Airport to the Hutt Valley through the centre of Wellington (along Courtney Place, Manners Street, and Willis Street to the train station and then onto the Hutt Valley). The timetable for Airport Flyer is available on the Metlink website and takes cash fares (a one way trip to the city centre is approximately NZ$10).
Once in Wellington, one of the best ways to explore Wellington is on foot. The central city is only two kilometres in diameter, meaning you can walk from one side to the other in under 20 minutes. The city is packed with pedestrian malls and interesting side alleys, and rewards those who wander. Take a stroll down Cuba Street for some shopping, or explore the food and drink on offer along Courtenay Place. The Wellington Botanic Gardens are an easy stroll away, or take the historic Cable Car to take in panoramic views over Wellington Harbour.
Alternatively, Wellington has an excellent public transport system which is well used by the locals. Metlink has an easy to use journey planner to help you get anywhere within the Wellington region using buses, trains or ferries. Be sure to pick up a Snapper card from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre — it’s the cheaper and faster way to pay as you just tag on and tag off the bus. The bus service will take you places such as the Otari-Wilton Nature Reserve, an internationally recognized garden solely focused on New Zealand natives. Alternately you might want to head out to Miramar and the world famous Weta Workshop, home of Lord of the Rings and a range of other cinematic spectacles.
The Wellington i-Site can also help you with a range of guided and self-guided tours and can help you explore all Wellington has to offer.