Transport options

Wellington’s compact city centre makes it incredibly easy to get around - on foot or on a bike, by public transport, rideshare or private car. Choose to follow your nose or book a guided tour from a local company to see Wellington's hidden local gems.

Walking in Wellington

One of the best ways to explore Wellington is on foot. The central city is only two kilometres in diameter, meaning you can walk from one side to the other in under 30 minutes.

Let the knowledgeable guides at Walk Wellington take you on a tour of the city or grab a Wellington downtown map and explore for yourself.

Wellington Downtown Map [PDF 9.5mb]

Public transport

Wellington's excellent public transport system is well used by locals. Metlink has an easy to use journey planner to help you get anywhere within the Wellington region using buses, trains or ferries.

Remember to pick up a Snapper card from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, it's the cheaper and faster way to pay.

Ride the Wellington Cable Car from downtown Wellington up to the leafy, village-like suburb of Kelburn. At the top, you'll find some of the best views of Wellington along with the award-winning Cable Car Museum, and the Wellington Botanic Garden.


Because Wellington is so compact, getting around on a bike is also a great way to see the city. Hire bikes from Fergs Kayaks on the waterfront, My Ride Wellington on Vivian Street, or Switched On Bikes who offer electric bike hire and guided tours. Park your bike at one of the many bike racks around the central city.

For day trip bike adventures, hire bikes from Green Jersey (Petone and Martinborough) to cycle around to Pencarrow Lighthouse or around the Martinborough vineyards.

For adventurous cyclists, head out and enjoy Wellington's mountain biking tracks.  There are a number just on the fringe of the city.

Tour companies

Whether you like nature, film, coffee, or cute animals, Wellington has got you covered.

Our tour companies are experts at showing you the city from a local's perspective. Plus they'll share their knowledge and stories with you along the way.

Zozo Travel, Capital Personalised Tours, and Kaewa Tours are just some of the many local businesses operating small, personalised group tours across the region.

Parking in Wellington

If you're travelling around Wellington with a car, you'll find plenty of parking available throughout the city. If you're visiting in a campervan, check out the camping in New Zealand guide for tips.

Taxis, shuttles, and ride sharing

There are plenty of taxi companies in Wellington to get you where you need to go. You'll also find that the drivers at Wellington Combined Taxis can be hired out by the hour, to show you around the city.

Shuttles are available through the city, such as Super Shuttle.

Uber and Zoomy are popular ride sharing services in Wellington, and you'll also be glad to note that Wellington Airport is a ride sharing friendly airport.


Whether you're a local, visiting Wellington, or simply new to the city, Mevo has you covered for all your vehicles needs.

Mevo is Australasia's first and only free-floating, climate positive car-share - which means Mevos's hybrid electric vehicles are available to you on-demand, for all of your needs.


Cityhop allows you to rent cars and vans across Wellington for as little as an hour or as long as you like. Whether you’re zipping across town, road-tripping on the weekend, or moving house, there’s a vehicle to suit every need.

Create an account online for free to access the Cityhop fleet. Daily and hourly hire rates include fuel and insurance.

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