Visiting Wellington

Visiting Wellington

The best trips to Pōneke are for Fringe Festival! Here are some hot tips and tricks about navigating the city and local insight on what should be at the top of your list!

Transport

Scan a Scooter:

Embrace the E-Scooter. Ride an electric scooter to your Fringe Show! Get the best parking possible zoom on up and park right out front. 

Flight in Style:

There are daily flights into Wellington International Airport (one of our wonderful sponsors) from NZ domestic and regional airports. Wellington International Airport is a short drive, Uber or bus from the city center, keep it central and stay at Naomi Studio another one of our incredible partners!

Bus, Toot Toot!

Metlink is trialing free fares during weekends in March 2022! No worries about parking and If you’re from further afield, the likes of Intercity or Naked Bus will get you sorted for that long-distance journey.

The greater Wellington Region and Wairarapa have the luxury of commuter trains that go right up to Kapiti and Masterton, which will give you a regular service to get to and from Fringe Shows. If you want to venture on the train from further afield, the Northern Explorer by Great Journeys of NZ is a great option!

Cycle around!

Wellington now has ONZO bikes. An app-driven bike hire scheme, look out for the black and yellow bikes scattered around town. In NZ it is legal to wear a helmet at all times whilst on a cycle. However, many ONZO bikes are missing this important addition so you may want to consider carrying one with you.

Cruise over on the Ferry:

Wellington is home to the Interislander and Bluebridge ferry services that connect the North and South Island. Both have separate terminals located within easy distance of the CBD on the Wellington waterfront. For more information visit: www.interislander.co.nz or www.bluebridge.co.nz

Also running from Wellington is the East by West/Dom Post ferries. These do several daily commuter trips across the harbour to Eastbourne and Matiu Somes Island.

Food and Drink:

If you’re self-catering there are two supermarkets central to the city:

  • New World Chaffers (this is the biggest inner-city supermarket)
  • New World Metro (a little pricier due to its location but full of all the essentials)

Otherwise, there is an array of dairies surrounding the city alongside multiple Night 'n Day’s plotted around the city center to fill your late-night cravings! 

Wellington is also home to coffee, coffee, COFFEE! Everywhere you turn you’ll find a coffee shop. Fringe is sponsored by Havana coffee our favourite coffee in the world! Pop into their flagship store on Tory Street, it's like stepping onto a movie set.  Part roastery, part coffee lounge, the site also operates as Havana’s headquarters and dispatch center. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, sitting with a view of the roastery! 

We also have lots of restaurants and takeaway places in downtown Wellington. Courtney Place and Cuba St are a mecca of various types of food. If you’re looking for something specific just ask, someone will be able to help.

FAQ

IS IT SAFE TO SWIM IN THE WELLINGTON HARBOUR?

Sure! Although we don’t recommend it in a southerly wind as it’s a bit cold. There are diving platforms along the Wellington Waterfront for your (safe) use, these can sometimes be cordoned off after storms for safety reasons. It is, however, fine to swim at Oriental Parade, Worser Bay, Breaker Bay, Lyall Bay, Island Bay, and further up the Kapiti coast at Titahi and beyond (the water is a little warmer up there).

There is also a public swimming pool in Oriental Bay called Freyberg.

What’s the area code for phoning?

The New Zealand area code is 0064

The Wellington area code is 04 (you’ll need to dial this if you’re calling from beyond Plimmerton or the Hutt)

NZ landline phone numbers are 7 digits long

Mobile phone numbers start with 021, 022, 020 or 027

You can buy prepaid sim cards for your phone from just $2 at places like Warehouse Stationery or dairies and supermarkets as well as phone stores around town. The cellular networks are: 2 Degrees, Vodafone, Spark, and Skinny Mobile.

What’s a good thing to do if we have a day off?

Sleeping is good but if you’re looking for a little more adventure and experience check out our national museum Te Papa or Wellington Museum, both are located on the waterfront.

Mount Victoria makes for a spectacular view and it’s a nice walk to the top.

We also have a spectacular zoo in Newtown (the number 10 bus from town will take you right to its door).

There’s surfing in Lyall Bay and a surf shop to rent boards from.

There are also some great cinemas for a rainy day activity - Penthouse, Lighthouse, and Embassy.