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Airport transit in Wellington NZ

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Airport transit in Wellington NZ

For a family of 5 transitting in Wellington airport for just under 2.5 hours, is it worthwhile to get out to town? There should not be any custom issue in going out and then come back in? Is there any tour available for such a short period? Or should I hire a car and how far is the airport from the city and back? What sights and places can we go and see with the short time we have?

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1. Re: Airport transit in Wellington NZ

Are you on domestic flights or is one International? (why do you mention "customs"?). The airport is only about 20 minutes from the CBD so you could easily grab a taxi. It would take longer to do the paperwork to rent a car than you'd have left ;-) Assuming you already have your boarding passes you only have to get back in time to go through security and board - but don't cut it too fine in case you can't get a taxi back. You could take a ride in the Cable Car. It would be a rush as you'd actually have less than 2 hours assuming you haven't allowed for boarding time.

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Is the 2.5 hours from arrival or the first flight to departure of the second flight? You will need to subtract half an hour just for getting off the plane and clearing customs (presumably an international flight from Australia?) and at least another half an hour for the the boarding time as mentioned above. And this presumes you will already be checked in for your next flight.

Also if you try to get into the middle of the city during rush hour, it could take 40 minutes or more. A quicker option might be to catch a taxi or even walk to Lyall Bay for a breath of fresh air. Outside of rush hour you might be able to catch a taxi to oriental bay/chaffers marina for a view of the city and a coffee.

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There are some fantastic cafes near the airport with beautiful coastal views (like Maranui at Lyall Bay) if you have worries about distance. - simple to get to with a taxi (heaps of taxis at airport so no concerns there). Also if you telephone a cab you will get one turn up within 15 mins so easy to get back. Also in that area just 5 mins from airport no worries about "rush hour".

Most of the day is a fast trip to the city in a car so you could do some things easily and also there is a bus from the airport called the Airport Flyer which takes a bus only tunnel into the city (and back) and therefore avoids any bad traffic anyway. That would take you to Courtney Place where you can get off and walk to Te Papa museum or around to Oriental Bay for some sun sightseeing and a coffee. You need to get back on at Courtney Place (it does not stop at all the smaller bus stops, it's like an express).

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What is unclear is are you arriving in Wellington on a domestic flight and leaving on an International or arriving on an International and leaving on a domestic. If it is the former then forget about leaving the airport as there is a 90 minute checkin requirement for International flights. If it is the latter you should allow 30 - 45 mins to clear customs and you then have a min 30 min check in time for your domestic flight. This leaves around 90 mins with 30mins into town and 30 mins back it just isnt worth the hassle if you get held up. Find yourself a comfy sofa or check into the airport lounge for the duration of your stay which has frre food and refreshments. Details are on the Wellington Airport website. This lounge is relatively new. It used to be the Qantas lounge and when they stopped domestic flights it was taken over by the airport company

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I'm on domestic flight transit from christchurch to auckland. So there's no luggage to claim on arrival into wellington and we should have our boarding pass already so when we come back in, we probably can go straight to departure lounge I assume. The 2.5 hours is the total time from plane touch down to next take-off.

It's going to be on Sunday, will there be rush hour on Sundays?

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Cool that leaves you with 2 hours to kill allowing for deplaning and reboarding. An hour return time from Airport to City leaves one hour in Wellington on a Sunday. Spend it at Te Papa. There is an ineractive floor designed for kids. You wont be able to fit everything in but it should satisfy everyone even just for a little bit. Catch the bus into town but you may have to catch a taxi back.

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There is no rush hour, but if it is a sunny sunday I would avoid going via Oriental Bay as it can be gridlocked (in case a taxi driver suggests a scenic route). You could just stroll along the seaside if you wanted some nice views. There is a also a sunday produce market beside Te Papa.

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