Fly To Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, but is smaller in size than Auckland. The two cities are age-old rivals for the title of New Zealand’s hippest place to be.
Wellington’s talents lie in the cultural and artistic fields, and the number of quality theatres, galleries and museums, as well as restaurants, bars and cafés in this town is simply astounding.
This alone might not be enough to push Wellington above Auckland in terms of “cool factor”, but being the centre of the New Zealand film industry certainly helps. Add to this the fact that it’s the home of Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, and boasts several locations used in the actual films, and Wellington starts looking cooler and cooler.
Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, or simply love the culture and art on display in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital is well worth a visit. Choose from the widest range of cheap flights to Wellington right here on Travelstart by using the easy airline ticket search tool above. Make all your travel arrangements with the click of a mouse, and you’ll be on your way in no time at all.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders don’t need a Visa to visit Wellington, or anywhere else in New Zealand, for up to 90 days. Just make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to New Zealand is situated in Wellington. Level 7, State Insurance Building, 1 Willis Street, Wellington, 6011. Phone: + 64 4 815 8484. Website: www.sahc.org.au.
See and do
Top of all Wellington to-do lists has to be the Museum of New Zealand. The wide range of interactive exhibitions gives fascinating insight into the art, culture, environment and indigenous people of the area. As an added bonus, entry is free, except for occasional special exhibits that may require tickets.
The Zealandia Karori Sanctuary is equally unmissable, and is just minutes from downtown Wellington. Apart from the indoor exhibition, the native bush sanctuary is pristine, and provides precious habitat for some of New Zealand’s most rare and exotic wildlife.
Lord of the Rings fans will want to visit Mount Victoria, which is within walking distance of central Wellington. The forests here were used as the Hobbiton Woods, while other locations around town featured as the River Anduin, the Gardens of Isengard, and Rivendell, home of the elves.
You’ll find plenty of Lord of the Rings souvenirs all over Wellington, but for more authentic, New Zealand souvenirs, try the merino wool clothing. The antique stores in Tinakori Road are also a great option for good quality souvenirs of the pre-loved variety.
Getting around Wellington is easy on foot, as it’s a compact and pedestrian-friendly city, but the public transport network is one of the best in New Zealand, so don’t be afraid to make use of it too. The network consists of bus, trolleybus, cable car, ferry, and train. Buses tend to be the most convenient for central areas, but the trains are excellent for venturing further afield.
Wellington International Airport – WLG
Food and beverage: Café Arome, Donut King, Fresh Bites, Mojo, and Orb.
Currency Exchange: Travelex has stores in the international arrivals and departure terminals of Wellington International Airport. They also offer online pre-purchased foreign exchange to save you time.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Contact (04) 385 5124 for items lost or found within the airport.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Airpot Motel Wellington, Airport Motor Lodge, Brentwood Hotel and 747 Motel.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Wellington International Airport (code WLG) is a focus city for Air New Zealand.