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Wellington is located at the bottom of the North Island and has been referred to as the world’s “coolest little capital.” While the city is compact, it has so much to offer. All over Wellington, you’ll see examples of its natural beauty. The CBD is beside a large harbour, and you can see hills and mountains in the distance from most locations around Wellington. Outside of the city centre, there are lots of scenic hikes and outdoor activities. Wellington is also known for its interesting history and culture. As the country’s capital, Wellington can teach you a lot about the country. It’s brimming with museums and galleries to explore. Wellington is also known for its exciting culture. You’ll find plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout the city. Since the journey from Christchurch to Wellington is so quick, it’s the perfect place to go for a weekend getaway.
The best time to visit Wellington
Summer is widely considered as the best time to visit Wellington. Temperatures are warm, there’s plenty of sunshine, and regular events and festivals are held. But summer is also high season in Wellington, bringing large crowds into the city. Since summer is such a popular time to visit, hotels often raise their prices between the months of December and February.
In order to experience great weather along with better hotel rates, plan return flights from Christchurch to Wellington in the spring or autumn. These are the shoulder seasons when tourism levels calm down. With daytime temperatures of about 15°C, you’ll still be able to take advantage of all the outdoor activities around the Wellington area. These seasons are also the ideal times to visit the Wellington Botanic Garden. In spring, you’ll see lots of flowers blooming, and in autumn, there’s bright-coloured foliage.
For the best deals on hotels and cheap airfares from Christchurch to Wellington, plan a visit in winter, which is the low season. Not many tourists visit Wellington during this time, so you’ll have a quiet experience. While there are some nice days in the winter, be prepared with warm clothes. Rain is common in the winter, and this is the season when you can truly experience “Windy Welly.” The average daytime temperature is 11°C, but when the winds are blowing, it will feel colder. But don’t worry, there are plenty of indoor activities in Wellington to keep you entertained on cold days.
Departing From Christchurch
Christchurch Airport is 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the city centre and is the second busiest airport in New Zealand. Public transport and parking options are available to accommodate all budgets.
You can book return flights from Christchurch to Wellington on both Air New Zealand and Jetstar. Direct flights between the cities will get you into Wellington Airport (WLG) in 50 minutes. Each day, about 30-35 cheap flights from Christchurch to Wellington are available.
Getting to Christchurch Airport
Public transport is available from central Christchurch to the airport, offering an affordable journey. Both the Purple Line bus and bus route 29 have stops at Christchurch Airport (CHC). You can catch the Purple Line from several major stops, including the Bus Interchange, Ferry Road, and the University at Ilam Road. Bus 29 picks up passengers from the Bus Interchange as well as Fendalton. One-way fare for each of these buses costs $8.50 NZD, and return tickets cost $15 NZD.
For door-to-door access from your home to the airport, you can catch a taxi or an Uber from locations all over Christchurch. A taxi from the CBD and inner suburbs will arrive in approximately 20 minutes for a fare of about $35 NZD.
Parking at Christchurch Airport
Several short-term and long-term parking options are available at Christchurch Airport. You can easily walk from all of the car parks to the airport terminal, getting you to your flight in no time.
Where to Park at Christchurch Airport
• Long Stay: This option offers uncovered parking with rates starting at $27 NZD per day and $135 NZD per week.
• Orchard Road: This car park starts at an affordable $22 NZD per day and $154 NZD per week.
• The Craddocks: This car park is right outside the airport with a shuttle to the terminal. It offers the best long-term prices starting at $24 NZD per day and $100 NZD per week.
Arriving in Wellington
There is one airport in Wellington, which receives all flights into the area. The airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the centre of the city and offers several affordable transport options to reach your hotel.
How to Get from Wellington Airport (WLG) to Your Wellington Hotel or Accommodation
For a quick and affordable trip into the centre of Wellington, you can catch the city’s Airport Flyer bus outside of arrivals at the airport. The bus departs every 20 minutes and will get you to the city centre in less than a half hour. The Airport Flyer stops at some of the major stops in the Wellington CBD, including Lambton Quay, Willis Street, and Courtenay Place. A one-way ticket on the Airport Flyer bus costs $9 NZD.
Walk 10 minutes from Wellington Airport (WLG) to the corners of Broadway and Hobart Streets in Miramar to catch a public bus into the city. Take bus route 2, which travels to Courtenay Place and Lambton Quay in the CBD. This bus typically costs $5 NZD, but if you use a Snapper transport card, you can travel into the city for $2.81 NZD.
For the quickest trip to your hotel, you can catch a taxi from Wellington Airport (WLG). A taxi will get you to the city in 15-20 minutes for about $30 to $40 NZD.
Things to do in Wellington
Explore the Waterfront
With its location on Wellington Harbour, the city centre of Wellington has a beautiful waterfront area. It’s the perfect spot to go for a scenic walk. You can watch boats and rowers in the harbour and see the mountains across the water. On the eastern end of the waterfront, you can visit Oriental Bay. This small suburb has a beach, scenic houses stacked on the hills, and boathouses lining the walkway. The entire waterfront is a lively part of Wellington, with restaurants, bars, and markets held on the weekends.
Ride the Cable Car to the Botanic Garden
Wellington is surrounded by some tall hills, one of which has a red cable car that travels to the top. From the cable car, you can see beautiful views over Wellington, the harbour, and the mountains in the distance. Once you reach the top of the cable car, take in the view from the lookout. Then take a walk through the scenic Wellington Botanic Garden.
Te Papa Museum
Te Papa is the national museum in New Zealand and is the place to go to learn about the country’s history and culture. Museum exhibits touch on a variety of subjects, including NZ’s seismic activity and earthquakes, Maori culture, art, and natural history. Te Papa is free to visit and is the perfect way to start off your visit to Wellington.
If you love nature, pay a visit to the Zealandia ecosanctuary. To reach Zealandia, you can catch a free shuttle from the top of the cable car. Within Zealandia, you can see endangered plants and animals that are native to New Zealand. Zealandia is working to preserve these native flora and fauna by increasing their populations. There are several walking trails you can take through Zealandia. Animals are not in enclosures, so you’ll regularly see small animals and birds walking beside you, which makes for an exciting and unique experience.
Mount Victoria Lookout
For one of the best views over central Wellington, head to the top of Mount Victoria, which is right outside the city centre. You can take a bus to the top or take a quick, but steep hike up the hill. From the summit of Mount Victoria, you’ll be rewarded with a view of the entire Wellington CBD, the harbour, and the hills that surround the city. If you’re a morning person, the view from Mount Victoria is especially special at sunrise.
The Weta Studios
When you think of the film industry, Hollywood is probably the first place to come to mind. But behind the scenes of some top films, the Weta Studios have had a large influence. The Weta Studios have developed props, costumes, sets, and special effects for major movie franchises, including Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Avatar. You can visit their workshop in the Miramar neighbourhood of Wellington. During the tours, you can learn about their process, see some of their most famous props, and maybe get a glimpse into their next big project.