Cheap Flights to Wellington

Wellington photo

Wellington overview

When to Fly?

Take a flight to Wellington and see the capital city of New Zealand offering visitors bags of charm, often ranked highly for providing a good standard of living for its inhabitants, it blends a city experience with the stunning New Zealand landscape. Its location is beautiful - perched on the edge of a harbour, surrounded by rolling green hills - at the southern tip of the North Island. Wellington has become a foodie city in recent years, its festivals attracting more and more visitors each year.

Peak Season: 

December to February is high season in Wellington and since 2000, visitors take flights to Wellington and watch the popular sporting event that takes place annually in February, The Wellington Rugby Sevens. The streets of Wellington become a carnival of colour and see fans dressed in costumes on their way to the Westpac Stadium to support their teams.

The Toast Martinborough festival takes place in the Wairarapa region north of Wellington in November. Keep hold of your tasting glass, it's the ticket into the ten vineyards that are taking part in the one-day winery crawl.

Off Season: 

Best time to book cheap flights to Wellington for is between May to September.

City Overview

Given the compact size of Wellington, you can shop, eat and drink and see the sights - Te Papa, the national museum, is a must-visit, Mount Victoria is the spot to gaze across this beautiful city and if you're shopping in the Lambton Quarter, ride the famed Wellington Cable Car - then get into nature. Walking and biking trails are just a few hours away. Try booking in advance to find deals for cheap flights to New Zealand and take in the beautiful sights of this city.

Wellington climate

The climate is temperate. Winter temperatures rarely fall beneath 8 degrees and summer temperatures rarely soar above 25 degrees. It's uncommon to hit zero degrees or below however, inland, frost and snow sometimes occur. Wellington is known as a windy city, and visitors should also remember that the sunshine in New Zealand is very strong.

Getting around Wellington

The best way to see Wellington is on foot. Its centre is compact, just 2 km wide. If you are travelling outside the city, Metlink operates the bus, train and ferry services in Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. A Snapper card is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on nearly 400 buses in the Wellington region, across Go Wellington, Valley Flyer, Airport Flyer and Runcimans services.

The Wellington Cable Car, one of Wellington’s most popular attractions, trundles from Lambton Quay to the top entrance of the Botanic Gardens and Te Whanganui-a-Tara (The Great Harbour of Tara) from where you can look out over the city and harbour.

Taxis are readily available.

Getting to the city

Wellington International Airport (WLG) is located close to the city centre. There are several car rental companies that have desks at the airport.

The Airport Flyer express bus service travels to the Hutt Valley, via the centre of Wellington, to Queensgate. Buses run every 15 minutes, every day.

Taxi ranks are outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the terminal building.

Wellington insider information

  • Wellington's World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards in September is a popular event. It's a mixture of fashion, art and theatre attracting more than 35,000 New Zealanders and more and more international visitors each year. 
  • Keep a little space in your bags on your flight to New Zealand for some greenstone, New Zealand's answer to jade. 
  • Parliament Tours run on the hour, every hour, and are free of charge. 
  • Enjoy the views: here are a few spots to enjoy this beautiful city. Mount Victoria at 196 metres is Wellington's best lookout. It takes about an hour to walk up from Courtenay Place. Mount Kaukau at 445 metres is further out from the city than Mt Victoria. Wrights Hill (underground tunnels dating from the Second World War are open to the public on a few days during the year for a small fee).

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How much do things cost in Wellington?

One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 4.11
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 3.20
1 km taxi journey
$ 2.47
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.81
A dozen eggs
$ 5.36
Bottle of wine
$ 15.99
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 20.10
Large bottle of water
$ 3.37
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 133.50
Pair of jeans
$ 105.53
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
$ 2.52
$ 4.05
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 7.31
Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 9.14
How much does an apartment cost in Wellington?
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 890
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 1303
3 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 2411
3 bedroom apartment outside of centre
$ 1867

International departures to Wellington