Nelson to Wellington (40 mins)
Wellington to Nelson (40 mins)
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, and boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington is also a cultural centre – home to Te Papa, the ground-breaking interactive Museum of New Zealand, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield’s Birthplace.
The city is compact and interesting, nestled between a dramatic harbour and bushclad hills. Great views can be found at the top of Mount Victoria, or by catching the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens. Downtown Wellington is ideally explored on foot. Made up of four quarters each with their own distinct mix of shopping, cafes, transport, accommodation, Wellington’s condensed urban experience is unrivalled in the country.
The central city area of Wellington is the place to see performing arts, particularly ballet, theatre and musical performances. Local cuisine is sophisticated and inventive – an abundance of excellent cafes and restaurants are within walking distance of all the major hotels. The waterfront has been transformed into a graceful promenade with shops, restaurants, activities and elegant landscaping making it a real drawcard for visitors and locals alike. The new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment stadium is just a short walk from downtown.
A different side of Wellington can be found along the western Kapiti Coast. The route hugs the rugged coastline, providing spectacular views. Off the coast is the world-renowned bird sanctuary, Kapiti Island. The warm climate and relaxed lifestyle of this area have given birth to a luxurious style of country life, including olive groves, feature gardens and unique bed and breakfasts.
Just north of Wellington city is the Hutt Valley, an area that offers a multitude of outdoor and adventure experiences including bush and coastal walks, 4WD (four-wheel drive) tours, golf, mountain biking and fishing.
How do I get to Wellington airport?
Wellington International Airport is located eight kilometres southeast of downtown Wellington on Stewart Duff Drive in the suburb of Rongotai. Buses, taxis, shuttles, and app-based pick up services Uber, OLA and Zoomy all provide services to and from Wellington Airport.
Is there a bus to and from Wellington airport?
Yes, the Airport Flyer bus is an express service that travels between Lower Hutt and through the Wellington CBD to the airport and back. Metlink and Intercity buses also service Wellington airport.
Does Uber pick up at Wellington Airport?
Yes, Uber picks up at Wellington Airport. The Uber pick-up is located on the ground level to the south of the terminal. Where to meet your driver: Exit on the Ground Level through Door G, head straight across the crossings and follow the walkway through the rental cars to the pick-up area at the southern end.
Where do I check in for Originair at Wellington Airport?
The Originair check-in counter is located on Level 2, to the right of the entrance (next to Qantas).