A Travel Price Comparison for New Zealand Wellington vs. Napier for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Wellington or Napier?

Should I visit Wellington or Napier? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Wellington

Wellington is the capital and second largest city in New Zealand. It sits on the southwestern edge of the North Island between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It's a beautiful setting that is encircled by mountains giving it a beautiful backdrop. There are also many cultural sights and attractions around town. Wellington really is the perfect mix of New Zealand's natural beauty and a vibrant urban core. The film industry is also prevelant in the city. The city's production centers have helped create Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit trilogies, Avatar, Tin Tin, and District 9.

Napier

Napier is city on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Hawke's Bay Region, a famous area for wine vineyards. Napier has a population of 61,000 people and is known for its Art Deco architecture and of course, wine.

Which city is cheaper, Napier or Wellington?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Wellington is $86, while the average daily cost in Napier is $145. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Wellington and Napier in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $98 in Wellington For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $176 in Napier For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Wellington $49
    Napier $88
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Wellington $98
    Napier $176

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Wellington than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $10 on transportation in Wellington on average per day.

To get around in Napier, the average visitor spends $26 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Wellington $10
    Napier $26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Wellington

Also for Wellington, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Departure Transfer: Wellington Central City Centre Hotels to Wellington Airport: $13
  • Arrival Transfer: Wellington Airport to Central Wellington City Centre Hotels: $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Napier

Also for Napier, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Departure Transfer: Napier and Hastings City Centre to Hawkes Bay Airport: $21
  • Arrival Transfer: Hawkes Bay Airport to Central Napier City Centre: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Wellington or Napier?

Prices for flights to both Napier and Wellington change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food

Wellington food costs typically run travelers around $26 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Napier food costs typically run travelers around $32 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Wellington $26
    Napier $32
Typical Food prices in Wellington

For Wellington, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner
    $9.70

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Wellington

For Wellington, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Walking Food Tour Of Wellington: $148
  • Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington: $203
  • Local Delicacies Half-Day Food Tour: $204
  • A Taste Of Wellington Food Tour (half Day): $227
  • Full Day Wellington Food Tour: $264
  • Full Day Wellington Food Tour: $295

Typical Food prices in Napier

For Napier, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Casural Lunch
    $9.05

Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Wellington, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $14 per day, per person.

In Napier, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $24 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Wellington $14
    Napier $24

Tours and Activities in Wellington

For Wellington, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 10 day - South Island Tour (All inclusive): $1,370
  • 2 Hour Comfort Cruiser Bike Hire: $22
  • 3-Day Wellington to Auckland Tour: $666
  • 30 Mins Lamborghini Supercar Experience: $133
  • 30-Minute Romantic Helicopter Tour from Wellington: $682
  • 4-Day Wellington to Auckland via Rotorua Tour: $814
  • 7 Day - South Island Tour (All inclusive): $1,029
  • Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington: $622
  • Beer tours in a Bubble for 10 people: $996
  • Beer tours in a Bubble for 2 people: $319
  • Beer tours in a Bubble for 4 people: $515
  • Beer tours in a Bubble for 6 people: $719

Tours and Activities in Napier

For Napier, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2 hour - Guided E-Bike tour from age 16 and over: $87
  • 2-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour: $71
  • 2.5-Hour Napier Art Deco Tour: $53
  • 3-hour Private Scenic and Taster Tour by Vintage Car: $456
  • 60-Minute Napier Deco City Tour by Vintage Car: $76
  • 75-minute Art Deco City Highlights Tour: $39
  • Art Deco City Vintage Car Tour: $134
  • Cruise Boat Tour: $93
  • Deco City Black Cab Tours and Shuttles: $285
  • Full-Day Bespoke Vintage Car Tour inc Lunch with Vehicle options: $608
  • Half-Day Vintage Car Tour with Food Platter Up To 4 Passengers: $630
  • Hawkes Bay A Grand Day Out Tour: $118

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Wellington spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Napier spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Wellington $11
    Napier $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Wellington

Also in Wellington, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wellington All-Inclusive Half-Day Brewery Tour: $92
  • Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings: $94
  • Wellington Craft Brewery Half Day Tour: $95
  • Craft Beer Tours NZ Half Day Brewery Experience: $102
  • Craft Beer Tours NZ Full Day Brewery Experience: $133
  • Martinborough Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch from Wellington: $189
  • Martinborough Wine Tour: $369

Typical Alcohol prices in Napier

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Napier are as follows:


  • Wine
    $13

Sample the Local Flavors in Napier

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Napier:

  • Hawke's Bay Wine Tour Including Pick Up From Napier or Hastings: $78
  • Wine Tour - 3 wineries in an afternoon: $81
  • Half Day Small-Group Hawkes Bay Wine Tour: $84
  • Full Day Small-Group Hawke's Bay Wine Tour: $95
  • Napier Afternoon Wine Tour + Optional Beer Tasting: $100
  • Napier Gourmet Luncheon including Afternoon Wine Tour: $133
  • Small Group Hawke's Bay Premium Afternoon Wine Tour: $144
  • Small Group Half-Day Ultimate Wine Tour in Napier: $171
  • Hawke's Bay Morning Wine Tour and Te Mata Peak Including Winery Lunch: $175
  • Vintage Car & Wine Tasting Experience: $220
  • Private Tour & Wine Tasting (90 mins): $293


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Wellington and Napier, we can see that Napier is more expensive. And not only is Wellington much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Wellington would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Wellington and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Napier would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Napier than you might in Wellington.

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Wellington vs. Napier Travel Comparison

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