Wellington / Transport

Getting to Wellington

Wellington airport has direct flights from Sydney (Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue and Qantas), Melbourne (Air New Zealand and Qantas) and Brisbane (Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue). If you arrive in New Zealand through Auckland or Christchurch, there is an easy domestic flight to Wellington of less than an hour. 

From airport to city

The airport is just 7km from downtown Wellington. You can catch a taxi to the city (approximately NZ$25-30 one way), a shuttle (from NZ$10) or catch the Airport Flyer bus service (from NZ$8) that connects the airport with the CBD and the Wellington railway station.  

Getting around Wellington

The easiest way to get around the central city is on foot. Many venues, including the Town Hall (the accreditation and conference venue), Civic Square (meeting place for the Opening Ceremony) and Te Papa (venue for the Opening Ceremony) are within walking distance from most city hotels and hostels. 

Wellington's main public transport is a fleet of environmentally-friendly electric trollyebuses. These will get you to almost all the sports venues in the city. Wellington also has plentiful taxis, and rental cars are available. 

Day trips outside Wellington

The best way to sightsee in good company will be to take an Outgames day trip. There are other commercially available day trips from a range of companies.  If there are 2 or more of you, a rental car can be a cost-effective option. Another popular day trip is to catch a ferry to Picton in the South Island. The 3 ˝ hour trip takes you through the Marlborough Sounds, a truly beautiful cruise on a fine day. 

Travelling through New Zealand

If you plan to travel further around New Zealand during you time here, there is a range of options. Rental cars are cost-effective for groups of 2, 3 or 4, and give you the best flexibility. (Remember that New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road!) There are also passenger trains from Wellington to Auckland, and to Christchurch.  

Flights inside New Zealand can be very cheap for the main routes (Auckland-Wellington-Christchurch) because of competition between airlines. For example, you can regularly find flights from Wellington to Auckland for around NZ$59 or less. Flights to smaller centres where only one airline operates can be expensive.

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