Transportation in Wellington is relatively quickly explained. The city does neither have an underground system nor trams. Thus, the public transportation network of Wellington consists of buses and trolleybuses only.
While KiwiRail offers a few-weekly train service from Wellington to Auckland, there are no major train services in the Wellington Area. The only exception is a five-line commuter rail network that connects Wellington with Paraparaumu in the North and Masterton as well as dozens of other suburbs in the East. Yet, the only stop in the center of Wellington is the Central Station, making the commuter rail rather useless for tourists visiting Wellington.
If you are looking for a way to get around in Wellington with public transportation, buses should be your focus point. Under the brand ‘GO Wellington’ Metlink operates are very extensive bus network. The city does have normal buses and also several trolleybus lines, which were introduced in the 1960’s after the trams were abandoned.
As all buses in the city are operated by the same company, connecting between the different lines is very easy. In addition, the buses all share the same fare system, making payments for the bus rides easy.
If you don’t want to take a bus, taxis are the only real alternative in Wellington. For those of you who like Uber, you can also use this service in Wellington. The prices for Uber are a little cheaper than those for taxis, making it a decent alternative if you want to save some money.
Taxis in Wellington are very comfortable and clean at the same time. However, the prices for taxi rides are rather high. The base fare usually is 3.50 NZD (~ 2.20 Euro / 2.50 US-Dollar), while the kilometer fare is 2.70 NZD (~ 1.70 Euro / 1.90 US-Dollar). Taxis are available throughout the city and can also be ordered by phone.
One of the landmarks of Wellington is its cable car, which operates between the city center (Lambton Quay) and Kelburn, where you can find the Cable Car Museum and a very nice park with a view point. The cable car is part of the public transportation network, but comes with special fares.
If you want to do sightseeing in Wellington, you might also want to make use of the Hop on Hop Off bus, which is offered daily. In addition, there are some ferry services, including the Interimslander to the South Island of New Zealand.