Airport Guide: Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport is the third biggest airport in New Zealand after Auckland and Christchurch. The airport has a few international connections, but is mainly important for domestic flights in New Zealand. In this airport guide, we’ll tell you what you need to know about Wellington Airport!

The airport of Wellington is dominated by Air New Zealand, which offers an extensive domestic network. There are flights to two dozen destinations, mainly operated by turboprop aircrafts.

However, Wellington Airport is also connected with international destinations, including Singapore as well as Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and Nadi.

Biggest carriers at Wellington Airport:

  • Air New Zealand: several domestic and international destinations
  • Jetstar Airways: selected destinations in Australia & New Zealand

Shopping and dining at Wellington Airport

Despite not being all that big, Wellington Airport offers quite some options for dining and shopping. There are approximately a dozen different restaurants, bars and cafés as well as the same amount of shops.

Wellington Airport Duty Free

While you shouldn’t expect a luxury shopping experience as on some other airports, you’ll get all you need from souvenirs to travel essentials to books to cosmetics at Wellington International Airport.

Sleeping at Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport closes overnight, which means that it’s not possible to sleep at the airport. Instead, you’ll need to find an airport hotel for that purpose. None of those are connected directly to the terminal, however. There are a few hotels and guest houses around the airport.

InterContinental Wellington Club Room

The InterContinental Wellington is a good hotel to stay at in Wellington

However, you may also just book a hotel in the city center of Wellington as the airport is located just around five kilometers from the city. We can recommend staying at the InterContinental Wellington or the Sofitel Wellington.

Lounges at Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport comes with a total of four lounges. Those include three lounges operated by Air New Zealand as well as one Qantas Lounge.

Air New Zealand Domestic Lounge Wellington

Air New Zealand Domestic Lounge Wellington

The lounges of ANZ are located in the domestic, regional (flights without security control) and international terminal of the Wellington International Airport. The Qantas Lounge is in the international area. Access is given with membership, status or a business class ticket.

Lounges at Wellington Airport:
  • Air New Zealand Lounges: Star Alliance Business and First Class passengers and Star Alliance Gold members, Air New Koru Club members as well as eligible Virgin Australia customers
  • Qantas Lounge: Qantas Business Class passengers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members, Qantas Club members

Transportation at Wellington Airport

Wellington Airport isn’t located very far from the city center. Thus, public transportation is a good option to get to the airport or the city center. The main bus line connecting the city and the airport is bus line 91, also called Airport Flyer.

Wellington Bus

It stops at the Wellington Railway Station and in the city center. Other than that, you can also take a taxi or an Uber to get to the city. Both isn’t very expensive due to the short distance. Around the airport, you can also find a couple of car rental companies.

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