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Wellington Airport Guide (WLG)

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Wellington International Airport (WLG) is located 3.5 miles southeast of Wellington, New Zealand. In 2011, Wellington International Airport handled 5.1 million passengers, making it the 3rd busiest airport in New Zealand. Wellington has a reputation for rough and turbulent landings due to strong and gusty winds. The airport started as a grassy runway in 1929 and was known as Rongotai Airport. Wellington International Airport welcomes travelers to what they call “The Middle of Middle Earth” in honor of J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.

Transfer between Terminals

Wellington Airport has a single terminal with three piers: South, South-West and North-West. The main terminal has three gates. The South Pier contains six gates, the South West Pier contains eight gates, and the North West Pier contains nine gates. The airport’s terminal building is accessible by foot.

Nearby Airport Hotels

Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, New Zealand, This hotel offers its guests an on-site restaurant, access to a swimming pool, and a shuttle bus service that transports guests to and from the airport. Airport Motor Lodge, Corner Broadway & Hobart Street, Miramar, Miramar, New Zealand, This hotel boasts a courtesy shuttle bus service that transports guests to and from the airport, and internet connection is also available.

Transport into Town

Taxi: The typical taxi fare from the airport to the city center is NZ$25–35. Bus: Two Metlink bus routes service the airport. Route 91 "Airport Flyer" connects the terminal with central Wellington and Wellington Railway Station. Route 11 (Seatoun) stops within a five-minute walk of the terminal.

Airport Lounges

There are three different airline-operated lounges inside the Wellington International Airport. Air New Zealand Koru Lounge has two locations inside the airport, one in the Domestic Departures and the other in International Departures. Qantas Lounge is located in the International Departures.

Major Airlines

Approximately eight airlines provide service to Wellington International Airport. Wellington International Airport is a hub for Air New Zealand.

Airport Facilities

Free wireless internet is available throughout the airport under the network called “Wild at Heart”. There are 10 retail stores inside the airport. The airport is also home to 12 dining establishments. Wellington International Airport has numerous unique pieces of art honoring The Lord of the Rings, which was filmed in New Zealand.

Car Parking

Valet parking is available 24 hours a day and provides covered and uncovered parking for travelers. Covered valet parking costs $46 for two days, and uncovered valet parking costs $43 for two days. Premium parking is located at the closest point to the airport terminal and provides covered parking to drivers. Premiums short-term parking costs $13.50 for one hour. Long-term parking is connected to the airport via a courtesy shuttle. Long-term parking costs $27 for one day. There are also covered and uncovered general parking. Covered short-term parking costs $11.50 for one hour and uncovered short-term parking costs $11 for one hour. Drivers can reserve parking spots in advance on the Wellington International Airport website.

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Cheap Flights to Wellington

Historical prices for Wellington flights.

Departure Airline Prices
Vancouver Air Canada $1102
London Air New Zealand $1437
Toronto Air New Zealand $2650
Orlando Multiple Airlines $1404
Paris Qantas Airways $2326
Singapore Jetstar Asia $1270
Basel Air New Zealand $2239
Buffalo Air New Zealand $3159
Bali Virgin Australia $988
Edinburgh Qantas Airways $2299
Frankfurt Air New Zealand $2002
Hannover Qantas Airways $2151
Hong Kong Cathay Pacific $9707
Honolulu Air New Zealand $1614
Los Angeles V Australia $1484

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