First published on 29 May 2012. Updated on 7 Jun 2012.
Novotel Wellington has been a Time Out favourite for years thanks to its location and impeccable service. The hotel is about to get even better thanks to an extensive renovation due for completion in August this year. All of the 139 rooms will have plush new beds, iPod docking stations, connectivity panels and upgraded, spacious bathrooms. Novotel Wellington has direct access to Lambton Quay, meaning shops, bars, restaurants and the bay are just a few minutes’ walk away. 133 The Terrace, Wellington. (+64 4 918 1900).
A member of the Choice family, the CQ Quality Hotel in Wellington opened in 2008. The rooms are large and perfect for a four- or six-day visit to the New Zealand capital thanks to kitchenettes and well appointed bathrooms. If you’re hitting Cuba Street for cocktails and food, then you’ll love the location. 223 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington. (+64 4 385 2156).
The Museum Art Hotel is a privately owned and operated hotel in the heart of Wellington opposite Te Papa Museum. Nearby you’ll find Waitangi Park, theatres, bars and markets, while inside the hotel, there’s an extensive collection of art on the walls and a very good day spa. The one-bedroom suites are Time Out’s pick. 90 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington. (+64 4 802 8900).
Boutique hotels don’t come much more quaint in New Zealand than the ten-room Ohtel. Highlighted by bathrooms and comfortable beds, the rooms at Ohtel are some of the best in town. Also expect LCD TVs, large showers and great audio via the Tivioli speakers in the rooms. 66 Oriental Pde, Oriental Bay, Wellington. (+64 4 803 0600).
Travelodge hotels are known for bang for buck and that’s exactly what you get at the chain’s Wellington hotel, located in the heart of town. The rooms here aren’t large, but they are stylish in design and you’ll get great Kiwi service from staff in every department. 2-6 Gilmer Tce, Wellington. (+64 4 499 9911).
A direct flight on Air New Zealand is your best bet for getting to Wellington, and the highly acclaimed national airline now offers four option-filled packages for all kinds of fliers: from those who want a no-frills flight from A to B to those who want all the perks as they skip across the Tasman.
For the flier who likes to travel light, or wants to save a few pennies for a night out on Cuba Street, Air New Zealand’s Seat product is your choicest choice. You won’t be able to check your baggage, but you’ll be entertained with TV shows, games and music through Air New Zealand’s gate-to-gate, seat-back entertainment. The Seat + Bag option steps it up for you, allowing a checked bag (up to 23kgs) and a carry-on (up to 7kgs) for those who plan on shopping.
If you pine for the old-world era of flying – you know, where food and bags weren’t extras – try the the Works, which adds a meal and allows you to choose you’re own seat. And if you’re feeling like going the full Cliver Palmer, go the Works Deluxe: two checked bags, a carry-on, access to those fancy airport lounges and yes, the clincher – extra room in-flight.
Give those legs a good stretch before you hit those North Island treks. Air New Zealand flies direct to Wellington from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, and if you live outside of these cities, Air New Zealand’s partnership with Virgin Australia means that we can get you from any of 30 other Aussie airports to Wellington, with a minimum of fuss. Visit Air New Zealand to book.
Head back to our Insider's Guide to Wellington.
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