As one of the most populous cities in New Zealand, Wellington is a city offering the ideal mix of busy urban centres and calming areas filled with natural beauty. The city's main airport, Wellington International Airport (WLG), is also one of the country's busiest airports. Finding the cheapest flights to Wellington is easy with Skyscanner's many convenient travel booking tools, like the Price Alert. By setting a Price Alert for your desired flight route, you'll receive alerts each time the flight price changes. That way, you can book a flight to Wellington at the best rate every time.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Wellington
As New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the country's seasons are the reverse of those in Canada. Consequently, the warmest months in Wellington generally range from November to March. Many Canadian tourists choose to escape the cold Canadian weather and visit during these months. The city does experience high winds and moderate-to-high rainfall throughout the year. The highest amount of precipitation happens during the winter, so bring a rain jacket if you visit between June and August!
Airlines that Fly to Wellington International Airport
WLG is a hub for Air New Zealand, the country's flag carrier airline. Air New Zealand flies to Wellington Airport from domestic locations and from busy Australian destinations like Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas (operated by Jetconnect) and Virgin Australia also fly from popular cities in Australia. Currently, there are no airlines flying to Wellington directly from Canada. The most popular flight routes from Canada include a stop in Australia.
Arriving at the Airport
Wellington International Airport consists of a single terminal with three levels. Baggage claim and transportation links can be found on the ground floor. As the airport is conveniently located only 6 km from Wellington's city centre, a taxi ride will only take between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxis are an expensive option, with a one-way ride costing about $40 CAD.
The Airport Flyer express bus is an inexpensive transportation option, with one-way fares costing about $8 CAD. The bus picks up outside of domestic baggage claim every 10-20 minutes and stops throughout the city. Airport Flyer features include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and comfortable leather seats.
Seven rental car companies, including popular international brands like Budget and Hertz, have service counters at Wellington Airport. All rental car companies can be found on the ground floor next to the domestic baggage claim area. You can also search and compare all car rental options in Wellington online at Skyscanner and book a car with no extra fees.
Wellington International Airport Facilities
Wellington Airport offers multiple services and facilities to ensure all passengers enjoy a comfortable travel experience. Though the majority of the available shops and dining options are located on the first floor mezzanine, a large duty-free shop can be found on the ground floor next to international baggage claim. The shop offers various items including alcohol, cosmetics, and electronics.
Other convenient passenger services available at WLG include family facilities with baby changing tables and a currency exchange location with over 40 currencies available. If you're catching a connecting flight at WLG, there are multiple, comfortable lounge areas in both the domestic and international departure areas. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the terminal.
What to See and Do in Wellington
When the weather is nice, there is no shortage of amazing outdoor sights and activities to experience in Wellington. One of the first activities new visitors should try is the Wellington Cable Car. The cable car runs every ten minutes throughout most of the day and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the city. The Wellington Botanic Garden is another popular outdoor attraction. With a variety of native plants, a playground, and many walking paths, the Garden is a lovely spot for a picnic.
When it's rainy, there are also many museums to enjoy in the city. The most popular museum in Wellington is the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The Museum teaches about New Zealand's history and culture through art, photography, and exhibits centred on textiles, fossils, and other artefacts. It is open every day except Christmas and is free to enjoy.
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