Flights from Wellington to Cairns

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Cairns Guide

A Brief History

Cairns is located in the North of Queensland. It's home to fewer than 170,000 people and is one of the best destinations in Australia to travel to if you're looking for a mind-blowing trip. When you buy flights Wellington to Cairns, your airfare is takes you to the gateway of the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and adventures in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

While most travellers see these destinations as day trips from nearby cities, Cairns itself has a lot to offer. There's plenty of cafes and restaurants that line the seafront promenade, and it is brimming that convivial holiday charm.

Top Experiences For Visitors

The Great Barrier Reef

You can't buy Wellington to Cairns flights and not experience the Great Barrier Reef! It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places in the world to go snorkelling or diving. If you're travelling with young children or you don't feel like swimming, opt for a glass bottom boat cruise. You'll get to see the colourful reefs and all the tropical fish without having to squeeze into a wetsuit.

Plan a day trip to Kuranda

One of the most popular day trips from Cairns is Kuranda. It's situated in the hills of the Atherton Tableland and is boasts UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed rainforests! The best way to explore the area is to hop on board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway! It's an excellent option for families or adventurous travellers buying flights Wellington to Cairns. If you want to learn more about Australia's heritage, you can combine a trip to Kuranda with a visit to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

Visit Cape Tribulation Beach

Cape Tribulation Beach is the only place on the planet where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet. Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef converge here, and it's a magical spot to explore. Once you've bought your Wellington to Cairns return flights, you'll want to plan to spend at least one afternoon here!

Cairns Aquarium

For young travellers, there are few things more magical than a trip to the Cairns Aquarium. Since opening its doors to the public in 2017, the aquarium has done its best to give visitors a glimpse into the marine ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef. For families buying flights Wellington to Cairns, it's a budget-friendly activity that everyone will love.

Public Transport and How to Get Around


Cairns has an extensive and affordable bus system. It's run by Translink, and it can take you to just about anywhere. You can expect to pay around $6 AUD for a single trip through two zones. For frugal travellers buying tickets Cairns from Wellington, purchase the Go Card and get instant discounts on fares.


With an excellent network of bicycle paths, it's easy to explore Cairns on two wheels. Rentals start at $15 AUD per day, but some hotels and hostels do offer bikes to their guests, so be sure to check with reception once your flights Wellington to Cairns arrive.


The quickest way to get from Cairns Airport (CNS) to your hotel is with a taxi. You'll find drivers waiting to whisk you away as soon as your Wellington to Cairns flights arrives. But before you request a ride, check with your hotel or hostel to see if they offer a free shuttle service or transfer into town.

Shuttle Bus from Cairns Airport (CNS)

If you're a backpacker buying cheap flights Wellington to Cairns, you should consider taking the shuttle bus into the city. Select hostels have discounted rates that will cost as little as $10 AUD for a return ticket and this service will take you directly to your accommodation from Cairns Airport (CNS).


Planning a few day trips from Cairns? Hiring a car will work out a lot cheaper than using taxis or private tours. While booking your flights Wellington to Cairns with Webjet, you can pre-select your vehicle of choice. Alternatively, you can choose from what's available when you arrive.

The Best Time to Visit

The best time to buy Wellington to Cairns flights is for travel in August. You'll have long sunny days to explore the city; the temperatures are comfortable and humidity is low. Rainfall frequency is also at its lowest, so you've got an increased chance of perfect weather for your entire trip. Scuba diving conditions are also at their best. The only downside is that the good weather coincides with high season. Travellers from Australia and New Zealand travel to Cairns to escape the winter cold. You can expect prices for Wellington to Cairns flights to increase, and hotels may raise rates as well.

For budget travellers looking to book cheap flights to Cairns from Wellington, good deals can be found between November and May. It's jellyfish season between these months and most people tend to plan trips elsewhere. Don't forget to pack a protective stinger suit or book a trip to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands that are stinger free.