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'You can't beat Wellington on a good day.' It's a common saying in New Zealand's capital, a city that bursts with culture and hosts many events. If you are a movie fan you have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the studios responsible for a lot of famous international films. As the transit point for the inter-island ferry service, Wellington is the perfect place to pick up your hire car in New Zealand. 

Why should you book a hire car in Wellington with us?

With so many different pickup locations to choose from, VroomVroomVroom can help you find a hire car in 30 locations across New Zealand. If you are flying in, you can pick up your rental car from Wellington Airport. Here are some other reasons for booking with VroomVroomVroom:

  1. Book with major suppliers - Compare rates from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty and find the perfect car for your needs. 
  2. Book in advance - Save money by securing the cheapest car rental deal ahead of your trip. As they say, the early bird catches the worm. 
  3. No cancellation fees - You can cancel your car rental booking at any time with no fees. VroomVroomVroom will not charge you for cancelling or modifying your booking.
  4. Great customer assistance - Our booking system is designed to be user-friendly, but if you do have any questions, reach out to our customer care experts via live chat, phone or email.

Driving tips in Wellington 

From Wellington, you can travel to many famous attractions on the North and South Island. Foreign visitors can drive legally up to 12 months, provided they possess a current drivers licence, or in some cases an International Driving Permit. 

There are two major roads into the Wellington metropolitan area, State Highways one and two. Fatal crashes have occurred along these single lane highways, so visitors are advised to take care, keep to the left and watch their speeds while using these roads.

When is the best time to visit Wellington?

Winters in Wellington frequently see temperatures dip below 0 degrees Celsius. In contrast summers are generally warm, making this a popular time to visit the city. 

Wellington hosts festivals throughout the year, with plenty to keep visitors entertained. For music fans, the Wellington Jazz Festival kicks off in June with a great line-up of musicians. Anybody visiting the city in July or August may be lucky enough to catch the New Zealand International Film Festival. 

See New Zealand's capital city in style

Sights, beaches, culture and events: It's all easier in a rental car.

In the busy capital of a beautiful nation, there are tons of things for you to enjoy and explore in Wellington! By having a hire car, you get to experience them with complete convenience and freedom. But where should you start? Check out our travel guide to the very best Wellington activities, accommodations, and restaurants below.

Attractions | Accommodation | Restaurants & Bars


Attractions

Te Papa Museum

Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington

Crowned the world leader in interactive and visitor-focused displays, this national museum takes you on a journey through history, art and science. Apart from paying for parking if you drive your rental car to Te Papa, you won't have to open your wallet for anything else, as admission is free. Until 2018, Te Papa is host to a ground breaking exhibition, 'Gallipoli - the Scale of our War.' The exhibition combines the creativity of Weta Workshop, and the research expertise of our national museum, to remember the Gallipoli landings as never before. 

Hours: 10am-6pm everyday & 10am-9pm on Thursdays

Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Staglands Wildlife Reserve Wellington Guide

Address:2362 Akatarawa Rd, Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt 5372

Visit this unique wildlife reserve where you can easily feed local animals and interact with the wildlife. Staglands Wildlife Reserve is located in Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt. This is a must-see tourist attraction, ideal for families and all types of tourists who love nature. You can also have a picnic, BBQ or dine in at their cosy cafe.

Hours: open daily 9:30am – 5:00pm (Except Christmas Day)

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo Red Panda

Address:200 Daniell St, Newtown, Wellington 6021

A modern zoo with a range of exotic and native animals. Take the young ones to the newest attraction, He Tuku Aroha, a walk-through area that is a love story to New Zealand. They can see native animals such as the Korora/ little blue penguin, and introduced animals such as the kunekune pigs. There are barefoot and vegetable gardens to explore.  It's a great day out for young and old and with ample parking for your hire car available, you'll have plenty of time to spare for exactly what you want to see! 

Hours: 9.30am–5.00pm (last entry 4.15pm) Every day except Dec. 25th

Cuba Street District

Address: Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Cuba Street is THE place to be if you have an adventurous palate. Having the two most recent winners of the Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year Supreme Award, it is a foodie's dream come true. It is also arguably the coolest street in New Zealand, being the creative heart of Wellington. With its boutique shops and Bohemian feel, it attracts emerging artists, creatives, and coffee addicts alike. 

The Weta Cave

Address:1 Weka St, Miramar, Wellington

After the great success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it would be a travesty for Lord of the Rings fans to visit Wellington and not see where all of the magic happened. With a trove of different film paraphernalia related to the vast collection of movies that Weta workshops have worked on, don't miss out on this piece of cinematic gold. The Weta Cave is free to visit, and is the hub for Weta Workshop's guided studio tours.

Hours: 9am-5.30pm 7 days

City Gallery

Address:101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Located in Civic Square, this is a must see for those art lovers visiting the city of Wellington. There's ever changing exhibitions in a range of media, workshops, and special late night events.

Tranzit Gourmet Wine Tour

Wine tour in WellingtonAddress: Martinborough, New Zealand 

Visit the award-winning Martinborough wineries, taste fine local wines and have an exquisite gourmet meal. Tranzit Tours offers this incredible gourmet wine tour with a small group departing from Wellington every day. This is an all inclusive tour that includes visits to four boutique vineyards, lunch in the picturesque Martinborough village, sweets, a cheese platter, local coffee and your transportation. You can choose to depart from Wellington by train, with scenic views of Wellington harbour and the Wairarapa valley, or you can depart from any Wairarapa town.

Annual events to experience while in Wellington

Wellington Phoenix. Catch football action when the Wellington Phoenix plays home games in the Hyundai A-League. Games at the Westpac Stadium are full of atmosphere, as the Phoenix supporters, 'Yellow Fever' are a lively bunch! Season runs from October to April. 

Summer City Festival 1 December 2016-31 March 2017. A series of events that runs through the whole summer, including 90 free events, at various locations throughout the city. Highlights include the Wellington Pasifika Festival on 28 January, and the Meridian Gardens Magic at the Botanic Gardens Soundshell from 10 -29 January. 

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Accommodation

CQ Wellington

Address:223 Cuba Street, Wellington

CQ Wellington is a an award-winning and charming hotel located in the heart of the bustling Cuba Street District. It is close to Wellington main attractions such as the Wellington waterfront and Te Papa, restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel offers double and twin accommodation, exclusive suites, executive apartments, along with conference facilities, swimming pool, restaurant, cafe and bar. It is an ideal place for leisure or business travellers, and all can expect to experience a relaxed atmosphere. 

Museum Art Hotel

Address: 90 Cable Street, Wellington

Recipient of Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and featured in Freckle magazine, this accommodation offers a hotel experience unlike any other. From its somber black exterior with street-side brass sculpture to its invigorating interior, you will be taken on a journey through the mind of amazing NZ artists. 

The Dwellington

Address: 8 Halswell St. Thorndon, Wellington

Want somewhere to stay that's classy and won't break the bank? Then Wellington's finest hostel is for you. With modern kitchen and bathroom facilities, spacious, clean rooms and friendly staff; you'll feel right at home. Check out a range of Wellington accommodation on Wotif.co.nz to compare and book all outstanding hotels in Wellington.

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Restaurants & Bars

Pizza Pomodoro

Address:24/13 Leeds St, Te Aro, Wellington

Pizza Pomodoro was the first place to open on Leeds Street in September 2000. They pride themselves on offering the best classic Italian pizzas with unique and original creations, using local and international ingredients. All pizzas are baked in a wood-fired pizza oven, which gives them a unique and delectable flavour. The venue is usually open for takeaways, so order your Pizza Pomodoro and continue on to  explore this bustling area.

Hours: Wednesday to Friday: 12am to 2pm | Monday to Thursday: 5pm to 9pm | Friday and Saturday: 4:30pm to 9:30pm

Ortega Fish Shack

Address: 16 Majoribanks St, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Ranked #1 of 636 Restaurants in Wellington, recipient of Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2014 and Awarded One Hat - NZ Good Food Awards 2014 "Cuisine Magazine", this fresh New Zealand seafood cuisine experience is a once in a life time opportunity that won't disappoint. 

Hours: 5:30pm til late, Tue-Sat
For reservations call: 04 382 9559

The White House Restaurant

Address: 232 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington

Consistently one of the top ranking restaurants in the city, and in smooth operation for over 20 years. This fine dining restaurant is set in the most expensive real estate area  in wellington.  Located on Oriental Bay waterfront, The Whitehouse Restaurant offers not only the finest view over the harbour, but also a menu rich in fresh local ingredients and elegance.


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