Located on New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is the country’s capital is situated on the foreshore of Wellington Harbour. Known as the ‘Windy City’, Wellington is surrounded by mountains and is famous for some of the country’s most iconic national arts, cultural attractions and scenery. Getting to Wellington from Australia is easy thanks to a number of direct daily flights offered by Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand. Departing Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Gold Coast and Perth, flights to Wellington are available daily and take between 3 to 10 hours, depending on where you depart from and whether or not they are direct.
The Wellington International Airport is just 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre, however if you’re already in New Zealand and are wondering how to get to Wellington from where you are, Wellington is under an hour’s flight from most of New Zealand’s major cities and domestic services are abundant. Of course New Zealand has a reputation as the perfect holiday destination to explore by road thanks to its spectacular scenery and light traffic. Self-drive holidays are very popular in New Zealand and as Wellington is located on two major highways, getting to Wellington or exploring from Wellington is an easy journey down State Highways 1 and 2. Be sure to keep an eye out for the road signs featuring grapes to follow the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail in your travels.
If you’re wondering how to get to Wellington from Auckland but don’t feel like driving yourself, The Northern Explorer is a fantastic scenic overland rail service taking approximately 12 hours to travel between Auckland and Wellington. This is the best way to enjoy the stunning scenery at a leisurely pace and without having to keep your eyes on the road.
There are also many cruises which depart Australia and visit Wellington on a number of reputable cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. Departing Brisbane and Sydney, these cruises are available on board the Explorer of the Seas, Dawn Princess, Sun Princess, Pacific Pearl and Celebrity Solstice cruise ships. The majority of cruise ships berth at Aotea Quay Terminal conveniently located 1.3km or about a 20 minute walk from downtown Wellington.