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Coming & going


Wellington International Airport (tel (04) 385 5100) is a great airport to fly from – it’s only 5km from the city centre, it’s newly renovated and it is small enough to make checking in a breeze. It is New Zealand’s busiest airport in terms of the number of flights, but most flights are domestic and the only international flights are to Australia and Fiji.

Many backpackers fly to the South Island from Wellington as an alternative to the ferry. There are a couple of options including Air Zealand flights to Blenheim or Nelson and Sounds Air flights between Wellington and Picton. Sounds Air provide a shuttle bus service at both ends, which will pick you up and drop you off at your hostel.

The Stagecoach Flyer bus departs for the airport from spots in the city centre. The fare is $5.50. Alternatively shuttle buses such as those operated by Super Shuttle (tel 0800 748 885 (0800 SHUTTLE)) charge around $15 but they will pick up or drop off wherever you want.


InterCity Coachlines (tel (04) 385 0520) and Nakedbus.com have services from Wellington to most major destinations around the North Island.

InterCity coaches depart from platform nine at the train station on Bunny Street. Naked Bus has two Wellington stops: one outside the train station on Bunny Street, near Waterloo Quay and another on Wakefield Street, opposite the Duxton Hotel.

Backpacker buses serve most hostels although Wellington is a hilly city and buses may not be able to drop you off right at the door of some places.


Wellington’s train station is located on Bunny Street. There are trains to Auckland via Palmerston North, National Park and Hamilton. The Wairarapa Line has several trains a day to Masterton.


There are several ferries that sail between Wellington and Picton on the South Island.

Blue Bridge

Blue Bridge (tel 0800 844 844) provides an alternative to the more popular Interislander ferry service. They are usually the cheapest option if you are taking a car across. They sail from Waterloo Quay near the train station.


The Interislander (tel 0800 802 802) ferry sails from Aotea Quay, which is just north of the Westpac Trust Stadium.

A free shuttle bus departs from the train station 35 minutes before each departure. This bus departs from the bus station at platform nine. There is also a direct bus that will transfer you to the ferry terminal from Base Backpackers and the YHA hostel for $3.

The Interislander ferry sails between Wellington and Picton, connecting New Zealand's North and South Islands.


Although the Wellington Urban Motorway is an easy way to drive out of town, it is difficult to hitch a ride at the downtown entrances, as much of the traffic is local and there are few places for cars to safely stop for you.

Your best bet is to take a train out of town and try your luck outside the city. The price of the train fare is worth the time you will save. Take a train to Paraparaumu or Otaki and wait for a lift on State Highway 1. It should be fairly easy hitching once you’re out of town.

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