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About Wellington

Wellington is the lively capital of New Zealand, with a population of over 200 000 residents. This vibrant city is famed for its artistic environment. Wellington offers you a wonderful blend of history, entertainment and wildlife. The top sights and sounds of this destination include the Wellington Cable Car, Zealandia, and the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Seize this opportunity to explore this lovely city in New Zealand, because cheap flights to Wellington are now available for a limited period! This destination is served by the Wellington International Airport (WLG), which is a 13-minute drive to the city centre. This airport serves a multitude of international airlines, including Air New Zealand Limited and Qantas. Popular flights departing from Johannesburg to Wellington are now available. The flight lasts an average of 20 hours and 30 minutes.

Why visit Wellington

Embassy Theatre Wellington

Artistic Flair

Wellington boasts a stunning amount of quality theatres, showcasing the exceptional talent of the locals.

Putangirua Pinnacles Wellington

New Zealand Film

The capital of New Zealand is the centre of the local film industry. Visit all the sets that were used for the Lord of the Rings movies.

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary Wellington

Exceptional Wildlife

Discover the gorgeous bird species, reptiles and insects that call a part of Wellington their home.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country New Zealand
Currency New Zealand Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.11 NZD
Language English / New Zealand Sign Language / Māori
Hub Airport Wellington International Airport
Airline Air New Zealand Limited
Time Zone GMT + 13
Travel Adaptor Type I

Best time to visit Wellington

If you are after more availability, pleasant weather and cheaper hotel rates, visit Wellington during the shoulder season from February to March (late summer transitioning into autumn). This period offers moderate temperatures, as the summer season gives way to the autumn season. There are no school holidays during this time, meaning that you will have plenty of quality accommodation offers to choose from, and you won’t have to deal with the crowds that the peak season brings (from December until January, the beginning of the summer period).

Weather & Climate in Wellington

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 15°C 16°C 14°C 12°C 10°C 8°C 7°C 8°C 9°C 11°C 11°C 13°C
High °C 20°C 21°C 20°C 17°C 15°C 12°C 12°C 13°C 14°C 16°C 17°C 19°C
Rainfall (mm) 30 20 30 40 50 40 30 40 50 50 40 30


Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, and so much more. This destination’s huge number of quality theatres, galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and cafés will simply overwhelm you.

And this is not all that Wellington offers. New Zealand’s capital is also the centre of the film industry in this country. It’s furthermore the home of the Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, and includes many of the locations used in the films. One that is within walking distance of Wellington is Mount Victoria.

Other attractions include the Museum of New Zealand, Zealandia (a wildlife sanctuary), the Space Place at Carter Observatory, and the botanical garden and museum at the Wellington Cable Car.

Visa & Customs

South Africans will not need a Visa to enter New Zealand for up to 90 days. All you need to do is make sure your passport will remain valid for six months after your return date, and that three blank pages are available for entry stamps.

South African High Commission in New Zealand

Address: Address: Level 7, State Insurance Building, 1 Willis Street, Wellington, 6011

Phone: + 64 4 815 8484 Fax: + 64 4 472 5010

Health & Safety

All travellers should receive all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before departing for New Zealand. In addition, some travellers may need to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, which is transmittable through contaminated food or water in the case of hepatitis A, and through sexual contact, contaminated needles, as well as blood products for hepatitis B.

While violent crime in Wellington is rare, don’t forget to practise basic common sense. Keep your valuables secure and out of sight. At night, stay in well-lit areas. Make sure to walk in groups, especially in the early hours of the morning.

Car break-ins are a problem. To avoid being a victim, remove all your valuables and leave the glove box open to show that there is nothing worth stealing in your car.

Cost of Living

Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 148.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 74.25
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 40.78
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 26.22
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 230.17

Where to stay?

Plenty of hotels, lodges and hostels are available in Wellington, to suit any traveller, no matter what your budget plan is. Some of these establishments include free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, restaurants, cafés, laundry facilities, entertainment areas and more. The cost of staying at one of these places ranges from $ 33 to over $ 300. The most popular choices include Gourmet Stay, Museum Hotel, QT Museum, Hotel Sofitel, and Terrace Villas Serviced Apartment.

Get Around

Wellington’s size makes it ideal to get around on foot. If you wish to use the public transport services, however, there is an extensive network of buses that operate throughout the city centre and beyond.

An icon of Wellington is the cable car. One-way fares will range from $ 2 for kids to $ 4 for adults.

Other travelling options include the train, taxis, and renting a car for your own use.

Main attractions in Wellington

Wellington Botanic Garden

Wellington Botanic Garden

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary

Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary

Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Cable Car

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