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Wellington International Airport

Wellington International Airport (WLG)


The Rugby World Cup was hosted by New Zealand in 2011, and Wellington International Airport was upgraded in time for the event. It is situated in Rongotai suburb, a short drive from central Wellington. The airport is a great introduction to New Zealand as it showcases sweeping views of the Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands.

While Wellington International Airport is the third busiest airport in New Zealand, very few international carriers offer flights to the airport. However, many domestic carriers connect the airport to most other airports in New Zealand, including Christchurch and Auckland. The airport itself is well connected to the rest of Wellington by the city's efficient public bus network.


The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Wellington.

Getting to the city

Shuttle services and taxis all go to the city centre.


Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).


Tel: +64 4 385 5100 (24 hours).

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty.

Airport Taxis

Taxis can be hailed outside the baggage claims area.

Transfer between terminals

There is only one terminal. Arrivals is located on the lower level while departures is on the upper level.


Facilities at the airport include left luggage, bureaux de change, ATMs, bars, shops and restaurants, a parent's room, post office and a tourist information and hotel reservations desk. Disabled facilities are good and those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance.


Parking at Wellington International Airport ranges from about NZD 10 per half hour up to about NZD 54 per day for Premium parking, which is close to the terminal. Long-term parking is around NZD 29 for the first day and NZD 10 per day thereafter. The long-term parking lot is situated off Freight Drive and regularly serviced by a free airport shuttle.




Free wifi is available in the terminal building.

Business Lounges

The Corporate Box Airport Lounge comes complete with a full range of business facilities, newspapers, magazines, wi-fi, work zones, workstations, light meals and barista-made coffee. Wellington Airport also has a number of other on-site conference and meeting facilities.

Wellington International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.