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Wellington Region

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Introduction

Wellington Region is located at the southern tip of North Island, New Zealand. It shares its name with Wellington, the national capital and largest city in the region.

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Cities and Towns

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Weather

Summer days average around 20 °C, while winter dips to around 10 °C, so the climate is mild throughout the year with hardly any real cold or hot conditions. There is over a 1000mm of rain a year though, most of it falling during the wintermonths of June to September.

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Getting There

By Plane

Wellington International Airport is a small airport, but there are several international flights as well as a growing number of domestic flights. Air New Zealand flies to Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Nadi (Fiji). Air Nelson flies to Nelson, New Plymouth, Tauranga, Hamilton, Napier, Rotorua, Westport and Invercargill. Eagle Airways flies to Whangarei, Whakatane, Gisborne, Taupo, Wanganui, Palmerston North, Nelson, Blenheim, Westport and Timaru and Mount Cook Airline (part of Air New Zealand) flies to Hamilton, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin

Other airlines include Air2there (Blenheim, Nelson, Paraparaumu), Air Chathams (Tuuta on the Chatham Islands), Sounds Air (Blenheim, Kaikoura, Nelson, Picton, Capital Air (Takaka), Pacific Blue (Auckland, Brisbane, Christchurch, Sydney), Qantas (Melbourne, Sydney), Jetstar Airways (Auckland, Christchurch) and Capital Air (Takaka, seasonal only).

By Train

The Overlander travels between Wellington and Auckland daily during December to April. Off season the Overlander travels on friday, saturday and sundays.

The Capital Connection travels from Palmerston North every weekday morning and returns evenings.

By Car

Two main roads lead into Wellington from the rest of North Island. Highway number 2 leads from Wellington to Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Masterton, and continuing north to Napier. Highway 1 runs parallel to the west coast of southern North Island to Palmerston North.

If you're coming from South Island, you can drive to Picton and take your car on the ferry with you.

By Bus

There are many different long-distance bus providers which operate to and from Wellington. All are listed on the Bus and Coach Association New Zealand website. The two main nationwide bus companies are Intercity and Nakedbus.

By Boat

Interislander operates a regular ferry service between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. Bluebridge also operates between the North (Wellington) and South Islands (Picton) with up to four sailings a day between the two cities.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Frequent trains linking the city centre of Wellington to suburbs and outlying areas are provided by Tranz Metro. They are relatively cheap and convenient.

By Car

Some of the other options to rent cars include the following companies:

Before you rent, ask the rental company if they have any relocation deals. Even in high season there can be a bottle neck of cars and campers at certain locations that the hire company is willing to offer discounted sometimes free rental to move the vehicle, possibly right to where you want to go. The only down side is the vehicle often has a time restriction, but even this is negotiable, depending on how much the rental company needs the vehicle moved.

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