Wellington International Airport

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Wellington International Airport (WLG) Guide

General Information

Airport Name:
Wellington International Airport
Airport Code:
Located 8km (5 miles) southeast of Wellington
(0)4 385 5100

Directions & Transportation

Transport to Christchurch city centre is located outside the Domestic and International areas of the terminal building.
Wellington has a local bus service which links the inner city to most of the central suburbs. Services run Mon-Sat 7am?11pm and Sun 8am?11pm and depart from the train station or the main city bus stop at Courtenay Place, at the intersection with Cambridge Terrace. There is also a limited after-midnight hourly service, Sat & Sun 1?3am, which departs from Courtenay Place, then from Dixon Street three minutes later and picks up from all city stops.
The main train station is located in downtown Wellington on Bunny Street, off Waterloo Quay.
Driving around in the inner city is very simple once you are used to the extensive one-way system and always remember to avoid the rush-hour traffic which is between 7?9am & 4:30?6:30pm.

Airport facilities

Airport Info:
The airport has an information centre which is located on the on the first floor of the main checking hall. Here you can get valuable airport information, as well as making coach, train, ferry and accommodation bookings. You can also get sightseeing information. Airport Service Offers, dressed in black and gold uniform are available throughout the terminal hall should you require assistance.
The airport has a left luggage service, which is located in the main terminal, as well as a lost property service which is located on the ground floor at the northern end of the main terminal. The airport also features coin-operated luggage storage lockers, as well as an oversized baggage room, which are available in the main terminal on the ground floor. Storage in a small locker cost $1 for 8 hours and then 50 cents for every extra hour after that. The larger lockers cost $2 for 8 hours and then $1 for every hour after that. To use the storage room, it will cost you $4 for 2 hours.
There is a bureau de change, which is located on the first floor of the main terminal and ATM's can be found either next to the bureau de change, or on the ground floor between the baggage belts.
More Services:
Located on the first floor of the main terminal, you will find a parent's room, as well as baby changing facilities located in all the toilets in the airport. The airport also offers a first aid service.
Eating & Drinking:
Shopping at Wellington Airport offers everything you could need, whether you simply just love shopping or want to buy what you need with the minimum amount of time and fuss. You can expect to find stores like Oceanic Arts, Whitcoulls, The Sunglass Store, Simply New Zealand and The CD Store. Also available are duty free stores, which are located in the public area of the main departures terminal, a departure lounge store and an arrivals store. The stores are open 24hrs, for every departing and arriving international flights.
Should you have an early check-in time or experience a late arrival, you can spoil yourself to a meal at one of the airport's in house diners. These include the Red Rocks Bakery, Red Rocks Pizza, Orient Xpress, Zest, Espresso Bar and the Cooked Strait Bar.
Business Facilities:
The Wellington Airport Conference Centre can be located on the mezzanine floor of the main terminal building. The centre consists of seven rooms, which are available to be hired and can accommodate up to 120 delegates. It is suitable for conferences, meetings, presentations and cocktail functions. The centre also features office equipment where you have access to photocopying and faxing.
Disabled Facilities:
Disabled toilets are located in all terminals and passenger lounges. There are lifts available to all floors, featuring Braille numbers. For the convenience of those with impaired sight, boarding calls are made in the passenger departure lounges. The airport features designated parking spaces for the disabled which are conveniently located in the main car park close to the terminal. Wheelchairs are available from the different airlines, passengers are required to request this service in advance.

Useful Information

Airlines Served:
Air Nelson, Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Airpost, Mount Cook, New Zealand Post, Origin Pacific, Polynesian, Qantas, Rex Aviation, Soundsair Ltd
Airport Taxes:
Airport departure tax on international flights is $16 for adults and $6 for children.
Activities near the Airport:
If you have a couple of hours to spare you can visit the the Dowse Art Museum, which is located in the Civic Centre, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt. It is open Mon?Fri 10am?4pm and Sat & Sun 11am?5pm, admission is free of charge. The museum has wonderful displays of contempory New Zealand art, consisting of jewellery, ceramics, textiles and glass.
Other Interesting Information:
Wellington International Airport Limited (WIAL) is one of the largest airports found in New Zealand. In the year leading to 31 March 2003, the airport hosted 3.9 million passengers, 450,000 of which were international flights. In the same year there were 112, 490 aircraft movements. Wellington International Airport is a passionate supporter of many local and regional activities and has a close working relationship with regional tourism and development groups like Centre Stage, Positively Wellington Tourism and Wellington's regional development agency.