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Compare Cheap Flights from Wellington to Auckland
While Wellington gets to hold the title as capital city of New Zealand, Auckland is the country’s largest city. Both cities offers a unique experience, so planning return flights from Wellington to Auckland for your next holiday is a great option. Auckland is located at the top end of the North Island and is situated between two large harbours. The city has a big sailing culture and holds a large number of sailboats in its harbours, leading it to be nicknamed the ‘City of Sails.’ As well as some stunning harbour views, Auckland has some great shopping, museums, restaurants, and nightlife. Head outside the city, and there are a variety of different day trips right on your doorstep, including national parks, islands, and the Coromandel Peninsula. There is so much to do in Auckland; you’ll never run out of new experiences to have.
Book your next domestic trip with Webjet’s cheap flights from Wellington to Auckland, then start planning your adventure using our guide to the city.
Best time to visit Auckland
The best time to visit Auckland
Auckland experiences mild year-round weather. In the summer, Auckland is warm and sunny without much rain. It is the busiest time to take a trip from WLG to AKL, and also the most expensive as hotels raise their rates during high season. However, summer offers a beautiful experience in Auckland and the surrounding area and is a popular time for festivals.
Book your cheap flights from Wellington to Auckland in the spring or autumn if you’d like nice weather with smaller crowds. During these seasons, Auckland averages temperatures of about 15 to 20°C during the day, offering ideal weather conditions for hiking or walking around the city. These seasons aren’t as busy as summer, so it is also possible to find good deals on hotels.
For a quiet and affordable trip to Auckland, plan your visit in the winter. Auckland gets chilly in the winter and experiences regular rainfall. Weather isn’t perfect, but daytime temperatures average about 15°C, and you may be rewarded with some warm and sunny days as well. Winter is low season in Auckland, so it is the best time to score cheap hotel rates in the city as well as cheap airfares from Wellington to Auckland.
Departing From Wellington
Wellington has one major airport. Wellington Airport (WLG) is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) southeast of the city. There are a variety of quick and affordable options to reach the airport.
Both Jetstar and Air New Zealand offer cheap airfares from Wellington to Auckland Airport (AKL). About 55 WLG to AKL flights are available each day, many of which are direct. A direct flight will get you into Auckland Airport (AKL) in an hour and 5 minutes.
Getting to Wellington Airport
The most popular option to reach Wellington Airport from the city is on the official Airport Flyer bus. The bus makes several stops throughout the city centre as well as at Hataitai and Petone. The Airport Flyer bus is route number 91 and is bright orange, making it hard to miss. Tickets for the Airport Flyer are $9 NZD, which you can pay for individually or with your Snapper card. From the CBD, the bus will get you to Wellington Airport in less than a half hour.
You can also catch a Metlink public bus to the airport for an even cheaper fare. Bus number 2 is available to catch from several stops in the CBD as well as Karori, Hataitai, and Miramar. Take this bus to the corner of Broadway and Hobart streets. From there, you can walk to the airport in 10 minutes. Using your Snapper card, bus fare for this route will only set you back $2.81 NZD.
Since the airport is located within close proximity to the city, you can catch a taxi or an Uber for an affordable rate. Travelling from the CBD, a taxi will get you to Wellington Airport in about 15 minutes for a fare of $30 to $40 NZD.
Parking at Wellington Airport
At Wellington Airport, there are short-term, long-term, and valet parking options to meet all budgets. Book your spot in advance to secure the best parking rates.
Where to Park at Wellington Airport
• Long Term: Parking starts at $29 NZD per day, and decreases for each day you are parked. A week costs $105 NZD. This is the most affordable option.
• Short Term: This lot is a 5-minute walk to the terminal and costs $34 NZD per day for an uncovered space.
• Valet Parking: A convenient option and gets you into the airport in less than a minute. Rates start at $59 NZD per day.
Arriving in Auckland
Flying into Auckland, you will arrive to Auckland Airport (AKL), which is approximately 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) south of the city centre.
How to Get from Auckland Airport (AKL) to Your Auckland Hotel or Accommodation
To get to your hotel for the lowest price, you can catch the SkyBus from Auckland Airport (AKL). The SkyBus offers departures every ten minutes and is available 24 hours a day. A ticket to the CBD costs $18 NZD one-way and $32 NZD return. The bus will get you into central Auckland in about 40 minutes without traffic. The SkyBus makes several stops within Auckland to help you get close to your hotel. The main stop is on Customs Street East by the harbour, and there are also stops along Queen Street, Dominion Road, Symonds Street, and Mount Eden Road.
A Super Shuttle is a good option if you are staying in a suburb outside of the CBD. You can opt to ride in a shared shuttle, or groups can reserve a private shuttle for $125 NZD. Super Shuttle offers fixed rates to different areas of the city. If you are staying in the CBD or Ponsonby, you can catch the shuttle for $25 NZD per person. If you are travelling to Newmarket or Mount Eden, the Super Shuttle costs $35 NZD.
For the quickest journey to your hotel, you can catch a taxi from the airport to the city centre in less than a half hour. Several taxi companies offer fixed rates from Auckland Airport (AKL). Cheap Cabs is the most affordable option at $38 NZD. On average, the rates for other taxis heading into the city cost about $65 NZD.
Things to do
Things to do in Auckland
Located not far from the Auckland city centre is a dormant volcano that visitors can hike to the top of. Mount Eden is the highest natural point in Auckland and offers some great views of the skyline. The hike to the top of Mount Eden is steep but quick. From there, you will be rewarded with the city views, and you can get a glimpse into the centre of the volcano.
Auckland’s most famous building is its Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the city and can be seen from throughout the Auckland area. At the top of the Sky Tower, you can visit the observation deck for a view over Auckland, the harbour, and the surrounding mountains. There are also restaurants at the top of the Sky Tower if you would like to combine dinner or a drink with the view. If you love adventure, you can also purchase a ticket for the Sky Tower’s heart-racing SkyWalk or SkyJump experiences.
New Zealand is known for having some of the best wine in the world. The most popular wine-tasting region in the Auckland area is Waiheke Island, which you can reach by ferry from the CBD in only 35 minutes. The island is home to more than a dozen wineries that offer tastings to visitors. After sampling some local wine, you can go for a meal at one of the island’s many top-rated restaurants or do some shopping in the Waiheke Island boutiques. If you visit in the summer, there are also several water activities to try, such as paddle boarding and kayaking.
All cities need a trendy neighbourhood and in Auckland, it’s Ponsonby. Ponsonby is just outside the CBD and is located on top of a large hill. It offers gorgeous views of the city skyline and has some of the top restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques in Auckland. Ponsonby is a popular neighbourhood to stay in as it is an easy walk to the city centre, but offers a more laid-back experience.
Auckland Domain and Wintergardens
The Auckland Domain is a large park in the heart of the city. Within the Domain, you can visit the popular Wintergardens. The Wintergardens feature a variety of plants both outside and in a greenhouse. The Wintergardens’ most popular flower only blooms once every ten years. Although it is known for its bad smell, people travel from all over to experience the ‘corpse flower’ in bloom.
Devonport is located across the harbour from Auckland, and you can catch a ferry there in 12 minutes. Devonport offers a quaint, small-town atmosphere but still has plenty to do. Two popular hikes are Takarunga and North Head, both of which have great views of the harbour and the city. In the town centre, Devonport has lots of great antique and homeware shops as well as a chocolate factory. Before catching the ferry back into the city, be sure to take in the view along the Devonport shore.