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The capital city of Wellington is a compact center of vibrant arts and culture, innovative businesses, rich history, and delicious cuisine, with more than 350 restaurants. Celebrated as New Zealand's creative and culinary heart, Wellington is famous for its dining scene, coffee, local wine, and craft beer. The region is also known for its strengths in creative technologies, scientific research, and public and professional services, as well as serving as a filming location for blockbuster movies.
The city is compact and accessible, so walking is often the easiest mode of transportation. In fact, you can walk from one side of the city to the other in 30 minutes. Wellington features nearly 3,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the central business district, and seven of the city's major venues are just five minutes apart. The variety of event spaces can accommodate meetings, conventions, and conferences, and its fun attractions are perfect for pre- and post-meeting activities.
Scheduled to open in 2022, the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre will be located in the heart of Wellington's cultural area and within walking distance of public transport and hotels. It will feature 12 breakout rooms, conference space for up to 1,500 people, banquet space for up to 1,400 people, and an outdoor balcony with views of the city and harbor. Located on the waterfront, the TSB Arena & Auditorium can host major conferences, exhibitions, concerts, and trade shows, while the Lower Hutt Events Centre can accommodate events of up to 1,000 people in its two interconnected rooms, airy atrium, and adjoining town hall.
Meeting travelers can arrive via Wellington International Airport. It's one of New Zealand's largest, offering direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, and serving as a major travel hub for flights operating within New Zealand.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Wellington features a mild climate, with summer (December through February) averaging a high of 68℉ and a low of 55℉ and winter (June through August) averaging a high of 44℉ and a low of 53℉.
Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre
TSB Arena & Auditorium
Lower Hutt Events Centre
Wellington International Airport (WLG)
Located within a 15-minute drive of the city center, Wellington International Airport is one of New Zealand’s largest, serving more than 5 million passengers each year. The airport features direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane and serves as a major hub for flights within New Zealand. Passengers can use door-to-door taxi service or shared-ride shuttle service from the airport, or they can opt to hop aboard the Airport Flyer express bus service, which runs regularly from the airport to the Hutt Valley through the center of Wellington.
Metlink manages Wellington’s network of bus, train, and harbor ferry services, encompassing four rail lines, more than 100 bus routes, and four harbor ferry stops. Bus and train fare is determined by number of zones traveled.
Rental-car companies represented at Wellington International Airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Ezi, Hertz, and Thrifty.
Passengers traveling from Wellington International Airport to the city should expect to pay about NZ$30-$40 in taxi fare.
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