Public transportation isn’t very good in many cities in New Zealand, but what options are available for those wanting to travel throughout the capital city of Wellington?
Here we take a dive into the options that visitors can use when aiming to get from one destination to another, from the costly private helicopters (just kidding) to the cheapest option, walking.
Our list here isn’t exhaustive; it gives visitors an idea of where to find all their locations and how easy it is to get around.
Our list comes from trailing Google for an hour or so; we may have been tricked by those search engine optimisation Wellington experts putting low-quality information in front of us instead of high-quality! But would we do such a thing?
So, without further ado, here are your options for travelling around Wellington….
Travelling By Car In Wellington
The secret is to avoid downtown Wellington City during peak hours and peak days! You will save yourself a lot of hassle and higher parking fees. Throughout Wellington City, there are roughly 3300 on-street car parking spaces in the centre of Wellington and ten major parking buildings located in the inner city.
The large parking buildings are well signposted and open 24-hours. Rated parking varies between $5 to $15 per hour, and there are pay-and-display options where a machine will dispense a ticket for you to display in your window.
NB – Please ensure that you display your ticket; otherwise, you may end up with a hefty fine.
Parking at weekends and public holidays are free in the city.
Images From The Light House, Wellington
Travelling Through Wellington Using Trains
There is an electric train service run by a Met Link from Wellington to its outer suburbs. Trains run from Wellington to Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Johnsonville, Kapiti, Porirua and even out to Masterton.
Once you’ve arrived in Bunny Street in Wellington, you’ll be able to get around Wellington city centre using buses, taxis, or the Cable Car.
Check out the details of the train services by visiting www.metlink.org.nz
Images From Intercontinental Hotel Wellington
Travelling Through Wellington using a Bus
Using a bus in Wellington is the most common form of transportation and runs through www.metlink.org.nz. Buses operate daily from 7 am to 11 pm on most routes throughout the city. For a comprehensive up to date list of routes and services, we recommend that you visit the main website.
The central bus terminal at the Lambton Exchange is next to the central train station on the corner of Bunny and Featherston Street. There are main bus stations from Lambton Quay, Willis Street, Cuba Mall, Courtenay Place, Dixon Street and the railway station.
The cost of the bus fares will depend on who you are; adult, child, senior and how many zones you intend to travel through. The best way to see the most up to date fare prices would be to visit the official website.
Images From Ohtel, Wellington
Using Taxis and Now Ubers in Wellington
Many taxis stand in front of the railway station, on Bond Street and on Cambridge Terrace near Courtenay Place. Wellington Combined Taxis are the main taxis company within the city and have a combined fleet of 500 cars, nine vans and 30 shuttles available as a transport solution.
You can now use Uber to take you from one place to another throughout Wellington.
Your preference here decided if you want to use a taxis or Uber.
Taxis & Ubers Wellington
Using the Cable Car to Get Around in Wellington
We obviously had to mention the infamous Cable Car operating in Wellington from Lambton Quay to the Botanic Garden, with a stop for Victoria University on the way up.
The Cable Car runs daily every 10 minutes starting at 7 am to 10 pm Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, and 9 am to 10 pm on Sundays and public holidays. The cost for a ticket is $5-$9 for an adult and $2.50 to $4.50 for a child under 15.
There are discounts for families and seniors.
Cable Car Wellington
Mobility Scootering Around Wellington
For those that want to get around Wellington but have limited mobility, Wellington City offers a free mobility scooter, even if you have a broken leg!
You’ll be able to use the scooter for up to 4 hours; no payment is required; you will need to show a form of ID. The scooter locations are:
- Wellington Cable Car
- Citizens Advice Bureau, 8 Constable Street, Newtown
- New World Newlands
Mobility Scooters Wellington
Do you like our list of options to get around Wellington? Do you live there and use other options to commute around the city, have some of the options we’ve given been decommissioned and we’re too late?
Perhaps there are more online transportation options in Wellington now and we’ve missed them?
Let us know and we’ll update our list.
Speak later SAC.