Travel Budget for Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand

How much does it cost to travel to Wellington?

How much money will you need in Wellington? NZ$120 ($77) is the average daily price for traveling in Wellington. The average price of meals in Wellington for one day is NZ$25 ($16). The average price of a hotel in Wellington for a couple is NZ$152 ($97). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple

How expensive is Wellington?

How much does a trip to Wellington cost? Is Wellington expensive? The average Wellington trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Wellington prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Apr 6, 2019
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Flights to Wellington

How much does it cost to go to Wellington? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

How much money do I need for Wellington?

Typical travel prices in Wellington are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Wellington. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Wellington can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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Typical tour prices for Wellington

How much do tours to Wellington cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 2050
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 3675
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    16 days
    $ 1625
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 2915
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Wellington On a Budget
Wellington Wellington, New Zealand
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.

Wellington's climate is temperate marine. The temperatures remain moderate year around and the highs rarely climb above 77 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows rarely drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the mild winters, the wind can make it feel surprisingly cold. June and July are the wettest months.
Wellington has a large number of cultural sights and attractions around town. If you're interested in musuems, then popular places to visit include the City Gallery, Te Papa (the national museum), The Museum of Wellington City & Sea, the National Library, and Carter Observatory. Impressive architecture around town includes Futuna Chapel, Plimmer's Ark, and Turnbull House. A great park to visit is Frank Kitts Park and Karori Cemetary is a nice place to have a picnic. If you're looking for the best views around town head to Mount Victoria, Mount Kaukau, Wrights Hill, the Brooklyn Wind Turbine, or Massey Memorial.
Wellington's city center is compact and active. The area is very linear with the most commericialized area being the Golden Mile. This area is between the Railway Station down Lambton Quay to Willis Street and on to Courtenay Place. Manners Mall is a pedestrianized area with many shops. The Waterfront is from Kumutoto in the north, past Queen's Wharf to Frank Kitts Park and then on to the Lagoon and City-to-Sea Bridge and Waitangi Park. Oriental Bay has a nice beach and promenade as well.

Wellington's suburbs include Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua.

If you want to do a day trip, Wellington has many options as it is surrounded by a ruggedly beautiful coastline and rolling hills. There is also a beautiful harbour. You can easily venture out of town and you'll find some wonderful hiking trails and vineyards that offer some of New Zealand's wonderful scenery right at your doorstep. If you're not sure where to begin you can head over to the Wellington Visitor Information Centre in Civic Square at the intersection of Corner Victoria and Wakefield Streets. They can give you some great ideas as far as sights within Wellington and great day trips to the surrounding areas.

If you end up in Wellington at the right time of year, you visit one of the city's many festivals. Some great options include the Festival of the Arts in February and Beck's Incredible Film Festival which highlights some strange but interesting very low budget films. The quality is questionable, but it's an entertaining way to pass some time.
Food and Dining
There are a variety of wonderful food options in Wellington. You'll find some traditional restaurants as well as countless cafes around town, but you'll also find international restaurants ranging from Malaysian to Indian or Chinese. If you're traveling on a budget and looking for the best deal, fish and chips is the best way to go and you'll usually find the best options out in the suburbs.

Wellington is a compact city that is easy to enjoy on foot. You can easily reach the many restaurants, museums and activities around town by walking, but if you're not interested in a stroll or the weather isn't ideal, then your best alternative is to take a bus. There is an elaborate network of buses that also include electric trolley buses. The area between the Railway Station and Courtenay Place has the highest concentration of routes.

The Kelburn cable car is a quintessential part of Wellington. There is service between Lambton Quay and Kelburn and it runs every ten minutes.

There is also ferry service between Queens Wharf and Days Bay in Eastbourne. The ferry stops at Somes Island as well. There is also less frequent service to Seatoun and Petone.

There are trains that travel between the central city and Johnsonville, Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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