Wellington International Airport
The Rugby World Cup hosted by New Zealand in 2011 meant that Wellington International Airport was upgraded in time for the event. 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, only three 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
The Stagecoach Flyer bus will cost between NZ$2.00 and NZ$17.00 for an adult fare, depending on where you are going. Shuttle services and taxis all go to the city centre for around NZ$15 and NZ$30 respectively.
Local time is GMT +12 (GMT +13 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March).
Tel: +64 (0)4 385 5100 (24 hours).
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty.
Taxis can be hailed outside the baggage claims area and cost up to NZ$35 to go to The Terrace, Lambton Quay, Railway Station, Courtenay Place and Seatoun. Fares to Johnsonville, Lower Hutt and Tawa range between NZ$ 45 and NZ$ 65, while it costs up to NZ$100 to go to Uppper Hutt and Porirua.
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, those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance.
Parking at Wellington International Airport ranges from NZ$5 per half hour up to NZ$39 per day for Premium parking, which is close to the terminal. Long-term parking is NZ$27 for the first day and NZ$12 per day thereafter. The long-term parking lot is situated off Freight Drive and regularly serviced by a free airport shuttle.
Airport tax is NZ$25 (adults) and NZ$10 (children), in transit passengers (up to 24hrs) are exempt.
The easiest way to book flights to Wellington International Airport is on a domestic carrier such as Jetstar, Golden Bay Air, Sounds Air, Pacific Blue and Air2There. International flights to Wellington can be booked on Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue and Qantas.
The airport's network is called the 'Wild at Heart' network and is available free of charge in the international departures lounges as well as at Fuel Espresso and in the food court area.
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. Entrance to the lounge is just NZ$25. 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.