How to Reach Wellington, New Zealand

The Easiest Way to Reach Wellington


  • By Air: Flights to Wellington disembark at the Wellington International Airport. Most of the flights landing over here arrive from Australia.
  • By Train: Rail company KiwiRail operates The Northern Explorer between Auckland and Wellington. The Coastal Pacific train connects Wellington to Picton and Christchurch.
  • By Boat: Wellington lies between North and South islands and has regular ferry services that take passengers and vehicles across the Cook Strait. The city is also a popular stop for cruise tours.
  • By Road: Wellington is located on State Highways 1 and 2 and is easily accessible by road.


  • By Ferry: The places around Wellington’s shoreline as well as nearby islands are connected by ferries.
  • By Bus: Metlink operates regular interval busses that connect various neighbourhoods of Wellington.
  • By Cable Car: Wellington Cable Car is a popular mode of travel for tourists as well as locals.
  • By Taxi: There are plenty of taxi companies in Wellington to assist you around.
  • By Train: Tranz Metro operates five electric train routes which run through Wellington’s suburbs and connects Wellington to nearby towns.
  • By Walking: One of the best ways to explore Wellington is on foot. The central city is only two kilometres in diameter.
  • By Bicycle: Many tourists prefer renting a bicycle and exploring the city at a relaxing pace.

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Modes of Transportation in Wellington

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Wellington. The most preferred mode of transport in Wellington is Car.

Average distance: 11.99 km Average time: 27.8 min

  • Car 30.43%
    Driving 20.86 min Walking 0.43 min Overall average time for 17.14 kms 21.29 min
  • Bus/Trolleybus 13.04%
    Bus 32 min Waiting 4.67 min Walking 4.33 min Overall average time for 10.63 kms 41 min
  • Bike 4.35%
    Bike 20 min Overall average time for 4 kms 20 min
  • Walking 26.09%
    Walking 24.17 min Bike 1.67 min Driving 1.17 min Overall average time for 2.98 kms 27 min
  • Train/Metro 13.04%
    Train 23.33 min Walking 7.33 min Driving 3.33 min Overall average time for 22 kms 34 min

How to Reach Wellington from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Porirua (wellington) to Wellington 18.17 km 18 mins
Levin to Wellington 93.34 km 1 hour 24 mins
Palmerston North to Wellington 130.93 km 35 mins
Nelson to Wellington 140 km 49 mins
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