Wellington International Airport was originally named as Rongotai Airport, after the suburb in Wellington where it is located. It is the third busiest airport in the state next to Auckland and Christchurch airports. Conveniently located just 5.5 kilometres south of the city centre, Wellington International Airport is hub airport for New Zealand’s capital and serves as a major hub for the flag carrier, Air New Zealand.
The airport serves many national and regional carriers, and is primarily a transit point to many major cities in the continent. International routes between Wellington and major cities in Australia are served by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. There are also seasonal flights between Wellington and Fiji.
Flying in and out of Wellington can be quite an experience as the airport has a reputation for bumpy take-offs and landings due to regular cross winds and its proximity to the sea. Regular travellers though have gotten used to this adventurous ride.
Upon arrival, visitors can choose from several transport options. An airport bus known as the Airport Flyer is a premium express shuttle bus service that can take you from the airport right into the city centre and on to Lower Hutt. There is also another trolley bus service which stops within a short five minute walk from the terminal building. Shuttle vans, metered taxis and rental cars are also readily available at the airport. Fr connections to various parts of the city and the metropolitan area, visitors can transfer to a Metlink train at Wellington Railway Station.
Wellington is the scenic capital city of New Zealand. Located between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range, Wellington has the best of both worlds in its beautiful harbour views and magnificent mountain peaks. These serve as a picturesque backdrop to many of the city’s cultural attractions and vibrant lifestyle. It is no wonder that Wellington attracts tourists from all over the world. Wellington is particularly known for its film tourism. It has been the setting for the epic film, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and many other Hollywood blockbusters.
It is easy to get around the central city on foot, as is very pedestrian-friendly. Wellington also has an excellent best public transit network of buses and trolley buses. Taxis are available but may be quite expensive. Fortunately, one can easily explore the sights just by walking or taking the bus. Commuter trains and suburban ferries are also available for exploring further out of the city centre.
Wellington is quite compact and visitors can conveniently explore the art galleries, cafes, vineyards, museums and more. The city offers a blend of culture, heritage and entertainment. Experience the charm of the city and enjoy some of New Zealand’s amazing scenery. The following are some of the must-see attractions in Wellington —
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand, more commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place. This must-visit museum has a wide range of permanent exhibitions of cultural artefacts showcasing the rich New Zealand history, Maori culture and New Zealand's natural treasures. Hands-on and interactive exhibitions are geared towards educating its young visitors. All permanent exhibitions are free.
Formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Zealandia is a protected natural area in Wellington. The sanctuary was previously part of the water catchment area for Wellington and is now a very popular tourist attraction in Wellington.
Wellington Botanic Garden
Covering 25 hectares of land near central Wellington, the Wellington Botanic Garden is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The garden features protected native forests, plant collections and seasonal displays. They also feature a variety of non-native species, including an extensive Rose Garden. Visitors can find sculptures dotting the gardens as well a large Victorian style glasshouse. It is accessible by cable car from the city centre.
Wellington Museum is housed in a historic building on Jervois Quay on the waterfront of Wellington Harbour. It mainly focuses on the history of Wellington, particularly its maritime history and the early Maori and European settlement. General admission is free and are tours are conducted every Sunday.
Space Place at Carter Observatory
At the top of the Botanic Gardens is the Space Place at Carter Observatory. It is an exhibition and digital planetarium celebrating the culture, heritage and science of the Southern Skies. Carter Observatory houses a pair of famous telescopes within its facilities, the Thomas Cooke telescope, a historic 9.75-inch Cooke Refractor named after Thomas Cooke, and the Ruth Crisp telescope, which was donated to the Observatory in the 1960s.
This cosmopolitan capital city maintains a low-key vibe but definitely has a lot to offer. The picturesque setting, modern amenities and the historical charm of Wellington promises an enjoyable holiday to remember.
The weather is generally pleasant all year round, but note Wellington didn’t get its nickname, ‘Windy Welly’ for nothing. Strong winds can occur any time of the year. The most popular time to travel and enjoy the city is during the summer season. Get the best flight deals to Wellington International Airport today! No fixed dates are needed – simply search all the cheap flights available using Skyscanner Singapore.
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