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Wellington International Airport

Wellington International Airport (WLG)

Wellington International Airport, abbreviated WLG, gets its name from its location to Wellington, which is the capital of New Zealand. It is actually located in a suburb of the city called Rongotai, which is why it is also sometimes called Rongotai airport. The airport is owned by Wellington International Airport Limited.

This airport is the third busiest in New Zealand. It handles a little over 5 million passengers each year. The airport has many links to new Zealand and Australia as well.


Wellington International Airport started in 1929. It actually opened in 1935 for passengers, but was closed down only two years later because of its original grass runway. The terminal was moved in 1956 to its current location. It was officially reopened in 1959 much closer to the center of Wellington, which helped the growth of the airport.

The original domestic terminal was not in good condition and was upgraded in 1986 by Air New Zealand. Over the years, the airport has released plans to expand, but often abandoned them for various reasons. Alternate sites for the airport have been considered as recently as 1992. Renovations finally did happen in 1999 with a new terminal.


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Short and long term parking are both available. All parking lots are open 24 hours. They are fenced and monitored as well. All payment for parking can be made with a credit card.

You can opt for covered parking if you wish for either a short or long term stay. Long term parking lots are available uncovered and are very affordable.

Valet parking is offered for an additional price. This service parks your car under a covered lot very close to the main terminal. Premium parking services are available very close to the terminals. These are covered as well. Terminal parking is the most popular. It is very close, and offers covered parking as well as a covered walkway right to the terminal. There are special parking spaces for mobility challenged passengers as well.

Surrounding Area

There are many ways to get to the rest of New Zealand from Wellington International Airport. You can take a taxi or a shuttle if you prefer or take advantage of the very popular Airport Flyer. The Airport Flyer is a bus service that will take you from the airport to the Hutt Valley in Wellington. This service runs every 15 minutes. They have leather seats and plenty of room for you to be comfortable. There are TV screens and free Wi-Fi as well for your enjoyment.

Wellington International Airport,
PO Box 14 175,
New Zealand
Number of Terminals: 1
Telephone: (0)4 385 5100
Fax: (0)4 385 5139
Time Zone: GMT + 12 (GMT + 13 from the first Sunday in October to the third Sunday in March)

Location: The airport is located 8km (5 miles) southeast of Wellington
IATA airport code: WLG