Wellington Frequently Asked Questions

We've put together a list of Wellington frequently asked questions to assist you with your trip to this region. For more information you can also refer to our 'Wellington Useful Info, 'New Zealand Useful Info' and 'Useful Numbers' sections for more details.

When is the best time to visit?

The summer months, December to February, are the warmer months where the temperature reaches between 19C and 24C with the occasional 30C day. The city is known as ‘Windy Wellington’ for a reason so bring layered clothing and an umbrella, especially in the winter months when the weather is more unsettled.

How do I get there?

Wellington is less than an hour's flight from anywhere in New Zealand. The airport is served well by international airlines. If you are driving, State Highways 1 and 2 come into Wellington. Alternatively, car ferries can be taken from Picton on the South Island and take about 3.5 hours.

How do I get from Wellington Airport into the town centre?

Taxis into the city centre should cost no more than NZ$40. The Super Shuttle is a minibus shared passenger service that should cost about $20 for a couple. The Airport Flyer bus costs $8.50 one way into the city centre per person

Where do I get the cable car from?

The cable car is located on Cable Car Lane off Lambton Quay in the CBD.

Where are the main hospitals?

Wellington Hospital is on Riddiford Street in Newtown - 04 385 5999. Kenepuru Community Hospital is located on Raiha Street in Porirua - 04 237 0179. Kapiti Health Centre is on Warrimoo Street in Paraparaumu - 04 298 6032.

What are the numbers to dial in case of an emergency?

Police, Fire and Ambulance = 111
AA Emergency Road Service – 0800 500 222
You can also refer to our ‘Useful Numbers’ list

Where can I change my money?

You can cash in traveller cheques and exchange currency in the major banks and bureaux de change. Refer to our Bureau de Change guide to see a selection of locations.

What’s the currency?

The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is divided into 100 cents. Coins consist of 10c, 20c and 50c. Notes consist of $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

What’s the Time Zone?

Wellington is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Sydney. Clocks are put forward one hour for daylight saving lasting from October to March.

What clothing should I bring?

The changing weather in Wellington warrants carrying clothes to suit any condition. The city is known as ‘Windy Wellington’ for good reason with frequent showers during the winter months. Refer to our 5 day Wellington Weather Forecast for the latest conditions.

What are the electrical specifications?

The electrical current is 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Many hotels provide 110 volt AC sockets for electrical razors. Power outlets accept flat, 2 or 3 pin plugs.