Cheap Wellington (WLG) flights to book in 2021

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Wellington International Airport (WLG) is situated in Rongotai, Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Whether you're looking to explore the capital, the lower part of the North Island or the top of the South Island, arriving at Wellington Airport is your best option.

Flights depart daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with direct flights departing on select days from the Gold Coast.

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Frequently asked questions about flights to Wellington

How much does it cost to fly to Wellington?

You can find direct flights from Sydney to Wellington or Melbourne to Wellington from around $500-$600 return with Air New Zealand or Qantas. You can fly return from these cities for around $100 less with Jetstar, but you'll have a stopover as the airline doesn't fly direct.

Only Air New Zealand flies direct from Brisbane to Wellington with prices starting from around the $600 mark return. If you don't need seat selection and checked luggage, you might want to consider the nearby Gold Coast Airport. Flying with Jetstar from the Gold Coast to Wellington is cheapest according to Skyscanner, and you can find direct return fares from around $300. These direct flights are seasonal between July and April. Discount fares to Wellington don't appear frequently, so be sure to keep an eye on flight sales to score the best deal when they do.

How much are flights to Wellington?

The average price you can expect to pay for flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney is $200-$300. Travellers departing from Adelaide can secure flights for less than $500 and those flying from Perth can find a good deal under $600.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Wellington?

On average, May to June is the cheapest time to fly to Wellington, with early March to early May being the best time to visit Wellington weatherwise. This is a great time to visit Wellington for sightseeing because there are fewer tourists.

The warm summer weather is best for visiting Wellington's beaches, but December to January is the most expensive time to fly to Wellington.

Cheapest months to fly:

May to June

Priciest months to fly:

December to January

How far in advance should I book my flight to Wellington?

To avoid having to pay higher fares, aim to book your Wellington flights seven weeks in advance.

How long does it take to fly to Wellington?

Direct flights to Wellington are available from 4 Australian cities. If you live in a city that doesn't have a direct flight, you will need to factor in a domestic flight and waiting time before catching your flight to Wellington.

We've listed the shortest approximate flight times from major Australian cities, noting whether they're direct or with a stopover.

  • Adelaide: 6 hours, 50 minutes with a stopover
  • Brisbane: 3 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Gold Coast: 3 hours, 20 minutes direct
  • Hobart: 6 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 3 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Perth: 8 hours, 50 minutes with a stopover
  • Sydney: 3 hours, 15 minutes direct

Which airlines fly to Wellington from Australia?

The following airlines travel direct to Wellington via these cities:

What's the best airline to fly to Wellington?

  • Best for price: Jetstar usually flies to Wellington for the lowest price. However, while you do have a lower airfare, you lose out on checked baggage and other perks.
  • Best for extra inclusions: Qantas and Air New Zealand both include 23kg of checked luggage, refreshments and seat selection in your airfare.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards: Both Air New Zealand (Airpoints) and Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer) let you earn points on flights. You can also collect Qantas points on some Jetstar flights.

How many points do I need to fly to Wellington?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide36,000Not available
Alice Springs40,600Not available
Brisbane36,00035,600
Cairns40,600Not available
Darwin40,600Not available
Gold Coast36,000Not available
Melbourne36,00035,600
Perth40,600Not available
Sydney36,00035,600

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Wellington?

KAYAK pricing data for Wellington shows that flight prices are lowest 90 days before your travel date. To avoid having to pay higher fares, aim to book your Wellington flights at least 4 weeks in advance.

Where is the airport in Wellington?

Wellington Airport (WLG) is in the suburb of Rongotai, approximately 20 minutes (9km) by road from the city centre. To get from Wellington Airport to your hotel, you can catch a taxi from outside the baggage claim area of the main terminal.

Fares can vary according to traffic conditions, but you can expect to pay $30-$40 to the CBD. Shuttles are available starting from $15 per person if you don't mind sharing your ride with other passengers. You can book a shuttle online or find one outside the baggage claim area.

Rideshare apps Uber, Zoomy and Ola also operate from Wellington Airport. You can meet your driver in the designated pick-up spot by following the walkway to the southern end of the car rental area.

How long does it take to get to the airport from Wellington?

  • CBD: 20 minutes (9.1 kilometres)
  • Mount Victoria: 16 minutes (6.3 kilometres)
  • Te Aro: 16 minutes (6.5 kilometres)
  • Westpac Stadium: 21 minutes (10 kilometres)
  • Oriental Bay: 16 minutes (9 kilometres)
  • Johnsonville: 30 minutes (18.5 kilometres)
  • Petone: 30 minutes (22.2 kilometres)

To get from Wellington Airport to your hotel, you can catch a taxi from outside the baggage claim area of the main terminal. Fares can vary according to traffic conditions, but you can expect to pay $30-$40 to the CBD. Shuttles are available starting from $15 pp if you don't mind sharing your ride with other passengers. You can book a shuttle online or find one outside the baggage claim area.

Rideshare apps Uber, Zoomy and Ola also operate from Wellington Airport. You can meet your driver in the designated pick-up spot by following the walkway to the southern end of the car rental area.

For the cheapest possible way to get to your destination, the Airport Flyer bus service travels between the airport, Wellington city and Lower Hutt.

Do I need a visa to travel to Wellington with an Australian passport?

Australian passport holders are able to travel to Wellington for tourism, study or work purposes without needing a visa as long as they meet the entry requirements and that travel between the countries is permitted.

Australian permanent residents and citizens of other nations mentioned on the New Zealand visa waiver country and territory list need to apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). Similar to an ESTA for the USA, this authority allows you to travel to New Zealand without a visa for up to 3 months, but UK citizens can stay for up to 6 months. It's important to note that you are not guaranteed entry into New Zealand and are still subject to border security checks.

As it can take up to 72 hours to be approved for the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, make sure to apply in plenty of time before your departure date.

Am I required to book an onward or return flight to Wellington?

As Australian citizens have the right to live and work in New Zealand, a return or onward flight is not required. If you are entering with a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, you will need to show proof of onward travel arrangements or a return ticket to Australia.

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