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Wellington Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Wellington Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Car Hire in Wellington
The beautiful city of Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and one of the country’s most popular destinations. Over half a million international tourists visit the city each year, and it’s a huge domestic tourist destination too.
This popularity isn’t surprising, as Wellington is a bustling and cosmopolitan city, with plenty to see and do for people of all ages. There’s a vibrant arts and culture scene, stunning coastal views, and Wellington is also recognized as being one of the best cities in the world for coffee and international cuisine.
If you’re exploring the North Island, Wellington is a major transport hub, with major highways connecting it to other parts of the island, as well as a railway, a ferry terminal, and an international airport.
Budget Car & Truck rental is located in downtown Wellington at 81 Ghuznee Street, on the corner of Victoria Street in Te Aro. We also have branches at Wellington Airport, the ferry terminal, and in nearby Lower Hutt.
Public Transportation in Wellington
Wellington is well served by public transportation, so it’s easy to get to our downtown location from any other part of the city.
There are bus stops just a few minutes’ walk from our office on Victoria Street and Ghuznee Street, and several bus services pass through at regular times throughout the day. You can use the Metlink website to plan your journey.
Budget Wellington Downtown is about 2km south of Wellington Railway Station. Bus numbers 7 and 25 leave from Stop B at the station every 8 minutes, and will drop you off on the corner of Victoria Street and Ghuznee Street.
Family Accommodation in Wellington
Wellington offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit families of all sizes and budgets.
If you’re looking for a modern budget option with a central location, consider the YHA Wellington. There are several room types available including single, double, triple, 4-share, or 6-share – ideal for bigger families. While there are plenty of dining options close by, the self-catering kitchens are handy for those on a tight budget. The hostel also offers affordable meal nights and a free breakfast on Mondays. Located close to Te Papa and the waterfront, it’s easy to explore the city on foot from here. There’s also bike storage available for those who want to venture further afield.
For apartment-style accommodation in the downtown area, the 4.5 star Distinction Wellington Century City Hotel has comfortable guest rooms and two or three-bedroom suites with city views and kitchen facilities. There’s also a pool and gym available.
If you’d rather stay slightly outside the hustle and bustle, Wellesley Country Park in Upper Hutt, a 45-minute drive from downtown Wellington, is the perfect location to escape the city. Accommodation is available in the form of picturesque cabins and cottages set in beautiful countryside. Family-style catering is available, and on-site activities including kayaking, flying fox, orienteering, and a children’s playground are free for overnight guests.
Things to do in Wellington
Wellington is a very family-friendly destination, and there’s plenty to see and do, whether you prefer exploring the great outdoors or having urban adventures.
The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongawera, is a great place to start. It’s free to enter and has many interesting interactive exhibits exploring Maori culture and the history of New Zealand
Zealandia Ecosanctuary, set over 225 hectares on the outskirts of the city, is a tropical oasis and a great way to see the country’s wildlife. You can explore yourself or take a guided tour during both daytime and evening hours.
The lookout point at the summit of Mount Victoria is the best spot to see the whole city from above, and it’s an enjoyable hike to the top. You can also drive up if you’re not feeling energetic.
Wellington Cable Car is another must-do experience for great views of the city. It will take you to the top of the Botanical Gardens, which are also well worth exploring.
For a fun day out for the whole family, take a trip to Wellington Zoo – the oldest zoo in New Zealand. There are a wide variety of animals to see, with some informative talks and interesting animal encounters available too.
The coastline around Wellington is beautiful and a day at Oriental Bay is a must when you’re visiting the city. There’s a pleasant walkway, which is also suitable for bikes, and plenty of eateries in which to sit and enjoy the view.
Wellington has a maritime climate, and experiences cool summers, mild winters, and strong winds for most of the year.
During the summer months in December to February, average daytime temperatures are around 19°C – 21°C. In the winter months from June to August, the temperature rarely drops below 6°C, although the wind can make it feel colder.
The city enjoys 169 days of sunshine a year, and the hottest time of the year is late January. Wet weather is likely in the winter, with a 55% chance of rain on any given day from June to August.
Refuelling Locations Near Budget NZ Wellington Office
If you’re returning a rental vehicle to the Budget New Zealand location in downtown Wellington, you’ll need to fill up the tank before you drop it off.
There are several service stations in the city. The closest to our office is Z on Vivian Street, and Z on Taranaki Street is also just a few minutes drive away, as is the BP service station on Cable Street.
Distances to Popular Attractions from Budget Wellington Downtown
- Te Papa 1.3km
- Wellington Botanic Garden 2.5km
- Zealandia 3.5km
- Wellington Zoo 3.8km
- Weta Cave (Lord of the Rings studio) 7.6km
- Red Rocks - Pariwhero 10.5km
- Lower Hutt 17.3km
- Wainui Lookout 19.2km
What is there to see and do in Wellington NZ?
There’s so much to see and do in Wellington, it can be difficult to know where to begin. A ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car is a must, and there are great views of the city from the top. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of Mount Victoria. The waterfront is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, and Wellington Botanic Garden is well worth a visit. If you’re interested in New Zealand’s history and culture, make sure to visit Te Papa – the national museum of New Zealand.
What is Wellington New Zealand famous for?
Wellington is sometimes nicknamed “Windy Wellington”, due to the strong winds off the Cook Strait that hit the city for most of the year. In fact, Wellington holds the official title of being the world’s windiest city based on average wind speed.