Cheap Flights to Wellington

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When is the best time to fly to Wellington?

Peak season

The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, is located at the southern tip of the North Island on the edge of a sweeping harbour. Nicknamed ‘Windy Wellington’ by locals, it’s true that the city experiences lively gusts most of the year due to its exposed location on the Cook Strait. Still there’s much about this cool little city to charm visitors into taking cheap flights to Wellington, even if it’s just a stopover before heading north or south. From December to the end of February is generally the busiest time of year for visitors to Wellington. The warmer summer weather also coincides with the school holidays, so don’t be surprised if flight tickets are markedly higher than normal at this time. Wellington is a foodie city so be sure to check out some of its numerous cafes, restaurants and bars to sample the local produce and creative cuisine by top chefs. Popular events people book flights to Wellington for include: the Wellington Rugby Sevens in February, the World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards in September and the Toast Martinborough Festival in November.

Off Season

Although any time of year is great for visiting, if you like wild weather then winter is a good time to book cheap flights to Wellington. Bring warm clothing and wet weather gear, jackets and raincoats are advised; leave the umbrella at home, it will be torn from your grip in a flash. Be prepared to spend most of your time visiting indoor attractions or hunkered down in warm cafes drinking hot chocolate.

When is the best time to book a flight to Wellington?

Mid to late-March is considered the optimal time of year to book a flight to Wellington as it is the most stable month weather wise and kids are back at school. Temperatures range between 14 - 18C at this time of year so bring a light jacket in case the weather changes. Book a couple of weeks ahead and travel mid week (excluding Fridays and Mondays) for discounted flight ticket prices.

How long is the flight to Wellington?

Flights from Sydney to Wellington – 3 hrs 15 mins

Flights from Brisbane to Wellington - 3 hrs 50

Flights from Melbourne to Wellington – 3 hrs 40 mins

Flights from Perth to Wellington – 8 hrs 50 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Wellington?

Virgin Australia, Jet Star and Air New Zealand offer the cheapest flights to Wellington and service Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Emirates and Qantas also operate flights to Wellington from the main Australian cities but you’ll generally pay more with these carriers.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Wellington International Airport (WLG) is located 5.5 km south east of the city centre. The Airport Flyer express bus service leaves every 15 minutes and travels to the Hutt Valley, via Wellington central, to Queensgate. Taxi ranks are situated outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the terminal building. There are five car rental companies that have desks at the airport if you plan on touring the area.

Wellington insider information

  • The Wellington region played host to a few scenes in the Lord of the Rings. Discover more scenic destinations in our Middle Earth travel guide to feel like one of the fellowship.
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  • New Zealand’s North Island offers pristine beaches and uber cool beachside towns. Check out these 7 must-visit coastal villages in the land of the long white cloud.
  • Renowned around the world for its wines, these extreme vineyards in New Zealand are especially worth a visit for their unique locations and character.

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How much do things cost in Wellington?

Small bottle of water (0.33 litre)
$ 2.37
Cheap meal
$ 14.20
3 course meal for 2
$ 68.73
Bottle of wine
$ 13.75
A dozen eggs
$ 4.18
Large bottle of water
$ 1.59
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 22.91
Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 130.78
Pair of jeans
$ 98.83
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 54.98
1 km taxi journey
$ 2.43
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 3.67
Taxi - fixed fee
$ 3.21
How much does a beer cost in Wellington?
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 7
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 6
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 9
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 8

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