Dangers & Annoyances
Wellington is a safe city to visit. The usual common-sense precautions are all that need to be taken.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Ambulance, fire service & police||111|
|Lifeline Aotearoa||0800 543 354|
|Sexual Abuse Help Foundation||04-801 6655|
|Wellington Central Police Station||04-381 2000|
Free wi-fi is available throughout most of Wellington's Central Business District (CBD; www.cbdfree.co.nz).
Major banks with ATMs are scattered around town, with clusters along Courtenay Pl, Willis St and Lambton Quay.
Wellington is a late-opening kinda town: coffee after midnight is de rigueur!
Banks 9.30am–4.30pm Monday to Friday, some branches 9.30am–noon Saturday
Bars & pubs noon–late
Cafes 7am–5pm, some stay open much, much later
Restaurants noon–2.30pm and 6–9pm, often to 11pm Friday and Saturday, sometimes closed on Mondays
Shops & businesses 9am–5.30pm Monday to Saturday, to 7pm Friday, and 10am–4pm Sunday
DOC Wellington Visitor Centre Maps, bookings, passes and information for local and national walks (including Great Walks), parks, huts and camping.
Wellington i-SITE After an earthquake chased it out of its regular digs, the i-SITE has taken over the Michael Fowler Centre's old booking office. It looks like it will be here for the foreseeable future, but check its website for the latest. Staff book almost everything here, and cheerfully distribute Wellington's Official Visitor Guide, along with other maps and helpful pamphlets.
Travel with Children
Let's cut to the chase: Welly's biggest hit for kids is Te Papa, with the whole caboodle looking like it's curated by a team of five-year-old geniuses. It has interactive activities galore, more creepy, weird and wonderful things than you can shake a squid at, and heaps of special events for all ages. See the dedicated Kids & Families page on the website for proof of Te Papa's prowess in this department.
Conveniently located either side of Te Papa are Frank Kitts Park and Waitangi Park, both with playgrounds and in close proximity to roller skates, ice creams, and life-saving espresso for the grown-ups.
A ride up the cable car and a lap around the Wellington Botanic Gardens will get the wee ones pumped up. When darkness descends head to Space Place to gaze at galaxies far, far away. On a more terrestrial plane, kids can check out some crazy New Zealand critters at the Wellington Zoo or Zealandia.
Wellington city is paved with decent footpaths (sidewalks) and kerb crossings, but the steep hills encircling the CBD can make getting around difficult for travellers with mobility issues. Online resources include: