Visit Wellington

Planning a tasty trip for Visa Wellington On a Plate? Wellington is a small city with a big appetite so whether you're popping out to a food truck or settling in for an epic degustation, there's something to satisfy every taste. Home to an edgy creative scene, it’s a tantalising combination of bustling urban life and rugged nature set around a walkable city centre.

Getting to Wellington

By plane

Wellington is less than one hour’s flight from New Zealand's main cities, and Wellington International Airport is just 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. 

The Airport Express bus runs between Wellington Airport and the Wellington Railway Station while taxis, app-based ride share and shuttles offer easy transfers into the city and beyond.


By car

New Zealand has perfect road trip conditions with very little traffic and a heap of more than decent scenery. Wellington is located on New Zealand's major highways - state highways 1 and 2. This driving distance calculator can help you plan your road trip. 

Rental cars and campervans are affordable and convenient options for travelling around.


By train or bus

National bus and train services arrive at the  Wellington Railway Station which is located in the city centre. Kiwi Rail operates a popular train service - The Northern Explorer - between Auckland and Wellington, connecting most major North Island cities. 

For the bus, use InterCity with their regular services into and out of Wellington city. 


By boat

Travelling from the South Island? The best way to get to Wellington is by boarding the Interislander (from Picton).

The team at Interislander are great supporters of the festival and will make sure hungry travellers will be right on time for all their foodie adventures.



The Wellington Regions

Visa Wellington On a Plate is a truly regional festival. Take the time to explore what's going on outside the city centre too. Check out what's going on in:
Lower Hutt
Upper Hutt
Porirua City
Kapiti Coast

Year round foodie event

Hungry for more chances to savour the best culinary experiences in the Wellington region? Satisfy your appetite with these events happening throughout the year.

During Wellington's major events, the hospitality community play a key role. Keep an eye out during events such as World of Wearable Arts and the NZ Festival for great deals and dinners.

Sights & Activities

From culture to coffee, music to movie-making, Wellington’s sights and sounds will leave you wanting more. Make the most of your time in the capital and go and explore what our compact harbour city has to offer.



Needing accommodation while you're in town for Visa Wellington On a Plate? We recommend staying at SofitelInterContinental WellingtonQT Wellington or Mövenpick.