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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 downtownWellington 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.
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.
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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