Although Auckland has a larger urban population, Wellington is the official capital city of New Zealand. Wellington and its surrounding region has much to offer visitors: from stunning scenery and historical buildings to museums, cafes and an eclectic variety of shops. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure take advantage of the wildlife and natural landscapes, national parks, cable cars and harbour life that Wellington has to offer. Everything is easily accessible by car, coach or train and many sights are within easy walking distance of the Wellington town centre.
You can fly direct into Wellington’s international airport or connect via Auckland or other regional airports. Be warned: flights can experience turbulence as Wellington isn’t called ‘Windy Wellington‘ for no reason! Air New Zealand is the national carrier and you may find cheaper seats through Grabaseat.co.nz. Checking out their deals at least a month ahead of time will ensure that you don’t miss out. You can also travel down to Wellington from Auckland on the train on the Northern Explorer route. For more information visit www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz.
If travelling over from the South Island consider a trip on the Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait. The ferry route takes you through the scenic Marlborough Sounds from Picton to Wellington, with regular sailings for cars and foot passengers – visit www.interislander.co.nz for schedules, bookings and information.
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The Wellington City Pass is a great value ticket and enables you to save money by visiting more attractions depending on the length of your stay. A Wellington City pass costs $37.50 for adults and $15 for children aged 5 to 16 years old. The pass includes a return trip on the Wellington Cable Car which takes you up to the Botanic Gardens for a great view.
You can then choose two of the following three attractions to get in to for free: Wellington Zoo, Zealandia or the Space Observatory. In addition, the pass entitles to you discounts at the Te Papa Museum stores and the Wellington Museum shop. Discounts are also available at the City Gallery and the Nairn Street Cottage. Passes can be bought at either of the three main attractions or at the Wellington Visitor Information centre on the corner of Victoria and Wakefield streets.
The Information Centre can help provide information and advice on everything there is to see and do in the region. Places to stay and transport can also be arranged from here. If museums are your interest there are a few to choose from and Te Papa is the largest and is free to enter.
Pay for a either a budget bed in one of the many Wellington hostels and backpackers or choose 5 star luxury; it is up to you to decide how far your budget will stretch. You can choose to stay in central Wellington or explore a little further up the coast, using the bus and train links to get into Wellington if you are without a car or camper-van.
Moana Lodge is a 5 star backpackers in the Greater Wellington region and provides excellent accommodation in Porirua, only 20 minutes from Wellington City. It is surrounded by facilities and places to visit and has a proven record of satisfied guests enjoying the peace and quiet of the suburbs without sacrificing the convenience of the city. Before you book your Wellington trip you should check to see availability at the Moana Lodge at www.moana-lodge-accommodation.co.nz. Peak times are December though to February during the summer, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.