What to know before you fly to Wellington?

What to know before you fly to Wellington?

If you’re planning a trip, remember to pack a warm jacket no matter what time of year you’ll be there. Summer temperatures will reach on average 20 degrees Celsius and winters are chilly with averages below 8 degrees.

Arguably the performing arts centre of New Zealand, the country's capital, Wellington presents fascinating sights to explore during the day and innovative theatrical productions to appreciate at night. The New Zealand Parliamentary Buildings, with the unique design of the Executive Wing resembling a beehive, are must see structures. With such a wide range of Wellington tours available, it's possible to be guided around the official Parliament House and view the architecture from the inside. Now home to the Victoria University Law School, the Old Government Buildings is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world.

The city boasts a wide array of Wellington accommodation options and is enclosed by picturesque hills; each offering spectacular views over the capital and the harbour. To save the walk, the historic Wellington Cable Car is an exciting way to be transported to the botanic gardens. Other vantage points include Mount Victoria with 360 degree views, Mount Kaukau and the Brooklyn Windmill. A stroll along the water-front promenade overlooking Lambton is a satisfying wander.

Pick up a Metlink card when you get there, which will make it easy to find your way around on public transport, and because the city is so compact, taxi fares are always reasonable. English and Maori are the official languages of New Zealand.

Airports in Wellington

Flights arrive at Wellington International Airport (WLG) which services New Zealand’s capital city. It is the third busiest airport in the country after Auckland airport and Christchurch airport and is located 8km southeast of downtown Wellington in the suburb of Rongotai. A taxi between Wellington Airport and the city can cost between NZ$30 and NZ$40.

 

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