Local Information

Local Information

Getting to Wellington

Air New Zealand and Qantas fly directly to Wellington International Airport from Melbourne and Sydney, and Virgin Australia flies from Brisbane. The flight across the Tasman take about three hours. If you are flying internationally to Wellington from somewhere other than the east coast of Australia, you are likely to pass through Auckland Airport.


This site can be used to calculate approximate taxi fares. A taxi from the airport to the Rydges hotel or to the university will cost about $30 or $35. A shuttle from the airport could be significantly less, if you are travelling with others. If you want to find others to share a ride with, then use this online poll. If you don't know the contact details of people who will be arriving at the same time, email to get them.

If you want to catch public transport from the airport, then get on the Airport Flyer. To get to the Rydges hotel, depart the bus at the end of Lambton Quay. To get to the university, change buses at Courtenay Place. You should get on the Number 23 going towards Mairangi and then depart the bus at the top of Kelburn Parade.

This map shows public transport locations.

The Metlink site contains further information about public transport.

Those who are staying at Rydges, or elsewhere downtown, may want to catch the cable car up the hill to the university.

Visiting Wellington

The Absolutely Positively Wellington site contains guides to restaurants, bars, shops, and activities.

Visitor highlights in Wellington include the national museum, Te Papa; the Museum of City & Sea; the City Art Gallery; the Botanic Gardens, and the Weta Workshop Tour.


Weather in Wellington can be unpredictable. Think about bringing warm clothes and a rain jacket, especially if you are going on the excursion to Zealandia. You will also need good walking shoes for the excursion. If you are from the northern hemisphere, then be aware that there can be as much as 40% more UV light in New Zealand than in comparable northern latitudes. Please be careful and wear sunscreen.


This map shows various 38ACCMCC locations, including some dining suggestions.

Car parking

There is a very small number of car parks for conference attendees, available on request from the organiser. We may not be able to satisfy every request, and priority will be given to out-of-town attendees.