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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Wellington Region > Wellington > Local transport


Local transport

Metlink (tel 0800 801 700) is Wellington’s integrated public transport network, which is comprised of buses, trolley buses, trains, ferries and a cable car.


Buses and trolley buses are the best way to get around central Wellington. The bus is also the best way to get around the Miramar Peninsula and other areas not served by train routes.

Stagecoach Wellington (tel 0800 801 700) operates most bus services although Newlands Coach Service, Mana Coach Services and Cityline Hutt Valley operate services to some suburban areas. One-way fares cost between $1 and $3.50.

A Stagecoach Wellington Daytripper ticket costs $5, and gives you unlimited travel on Stagecoach buses after 9am Mon-Fri and all day on weekends.

The STAR pass is a slightly more flexible travel pass giving you unlimited travel for one day on Cityline, Hutt Valley, Stagecoach Flyer and Stagecoach Wellington­ services (excluding After Midnight buses). The STAR pass costs $10.


Wellington’s cable car (tel (04) 472 2199) is one of the city’s major attractions. The vintage cable car runs from the terminus on Cable Car Lane (off Lambton Quay) to the Botanic Gardens at Kelburn, via the university. The cable car runs every ten minutes (Mon-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm). A one-way fare is $2.50, return fare $4.50.


The Dominion Post ferry (tel (04) 499 1282) departs Queen’s Wharf for Days Bay and Matiu Somes Island. This is a popular day excursion from Wellington and worth considering if you want to escape the city. The fare to Days Bay is $8.50 each way.


Wellington’s train station is conveniently located in the heart of the city making the train a good way to get around – particularly if you want to visit the Kapiti Coast or Hutt Valley.
Tranz Metro (tel (04) 801 7000) runs four train lines with most services running at 30-minute intervals.

Example one-way fares from the city centre are $4.50 ($3.50 off-peak) to Porirua, $6 ($4.50 off-peak) to Mana or Plimmerton and $8 ($6 off-peak) to Paekakariki. There are savings if you buy a 10-trip or monthly ticket. A Day Rover ticket costs $10 and is good for unlimited train travel after 9am on weekdays and all day on weekends.

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