When is the best time to fly to Wellington?
Wellington is known for being windy, and the winds through the Cook Strait are persistent and often chilly. January and February are the warmest months with temperatures in the low 20s and is when most tourist flock on flights to Wellington to make the most of the warm weather. July and August are the coolest months with temperatures in the low single digits and low teens and this is the best time to search for cheap flights to Wellington. May to August also tend to be wet.
December to February is high season in Wellington and since 2000, visitors have been taking flights to Wellington to watch the popular sporting event that takes place annually in February, The Wellington Rugby Sevens. The streets of Wellington become a carnival of colour and see fans dressed in costumes on their way to the Westpac Stadium to support their teams.
The Toast Martinborough festival takes place in the Wairarapa region north of Wellington in November. Keep hold of your tasting glass, it's the ticket into the ten vineyards that are taking part in the one-day winery crawl.
Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and offers visitors bags of charm. The city is often ranked highly for providing a good standard of living for its inhabitants, it blends a city experience with the stunning New Zealand landscape. Its location is beautiful - perched on the edge of a harbour, surrounded by rolling green hills - at the southern tip of the North Island. Wellington has become a foodie city in recent years, its festivals attracting more and more visitors on flights to Wellington each year.
In 1865, Wellington replaced Auckland as the capital of New Zealand. Named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, this capital city located at the tip of the Northern Island quickly became the heartbeat of the country.
Today, Wellington is New Zealand's political centre. All government ministries, including Parliament and a plethora of foreign diplomats, are based here. But travellers booking flights to Wellington will experience more than a democracy; Wellington is considered the arts and culture capital of New Zealand. Home to New Zealand's film and theatre industry, the city also hosts the "Te Papa Tongarewa" (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the biennial International Festival of the Arts. Along with culture and art, the city also boasts a nightlife not to be missed.
Getting around Wellington
Most of Wellington’s attractions can be reached on foot, but there is plenty of public transport too. Trolleys can take you around inside the city, as can bright yellow City Circular hop-on hop-off buses that stop at major attractions. You can take cable cars, ferries and the After Midnight Bus Service to a number of areas and Stagecoach buses reach out to the suburbs. Biking is a popular way to enjoy the scenery. With all the public transport options, you don’t really need a car unless you’re leaving the city.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Wellington International Airport (WLG) is situated 5 miles east of Wellington. Stagecoach Flyer bus, a shuttle service and taxis all go to the city centre from the airport.
Wellington insider information
- Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand's national museum. Through amazing exhibits and displays and cutting-edge technology, it tells the story of the country and its people. The Discovery Centers and StoryPlace are very popular with children.
- The Government Buildings at Lambton Quay, now home to the Victoria University School of Law, were designed to resemble an Italian stone palace, despite being made of wood. It is the largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere and the second-largest wooden building in the world. There is public access to the grounds and some of the rooms are open to visitors including the Cabinet room. Parliament House and the Beehive (the Executive Wing, shaped like a beehive) – the offices of the prime minister and the cabinet - are landmarks too and can be visited.
- Mount Victoria offers the best views of Wellington. See the harbour, downtown, town belt and airport from the top. The land was set aside for the people of Wellington in 1841. The walk up from Courtenay Place, a lively, buzzy area with lots of restaurants and pubs, takes about an hour.
- Take the Wellington Cable Car from Lambton Quay, in the central business district, to the top of the Botanic Garden. The Gardens comprise 25 hectares (62 acres) of protected native forest, plant collections and floral displays. The gardens are in Thorndon, New Zealand's oldest suburb.
- Visit Katherine Mansfield's birthplace. The famous short-story writer was born in Thorndon in 1888. The house where she spent her early childhood years has been restored and is open to the public.