Planning Your Trip

Useful information for planning your trip can be found here. This page will be updated periodically, so please check back later for more information.

Wellington Visitor Information

Visit and for information on what the Wellington region has to offer.


Wellington boasts a vast range of accommodation options, from inexpensive hostels to five star hotels. To make your choice easier, we have arranged discounted rates for conference delegates at a few convenient locations:

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Te Puni Village

80 Fairlie Terrace

Phone: +64 4 470 9220


Comfort Hotel

213–223 Cuba Street

Phone: +64 4 384 2156

Quote “NZ's Scientific Heritage” when booking to receive a special rate of $120 per night. Breakfast can also be pre-booked at a discounted rate of $20 per day


Quest Atrium

154 The Terrace

Phone: +64 4 931 1000

Quote “Victoria University Conference - November” when booking. There are five accommodation options: Standard Studio ($120 per night), Superior Studio ($130 per night), One Bedroom Apartment ($155 per night), Two Bedroom Apartment ($225 per night) and Three Bedroom Apartment ($320 per night).


Trinity Hotel

166 Willis St

Phone: +64 4 801 8118

Quote “VUW rate” when booking to receive a special rate of $129 per night for a queen room, breakfast and free wifi.


There are a number of transport options for getting to the conference venue and from the airport.

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Wellington Combined Taxis 04 384 4444 or
Green Cabs 0508 447 336 or
Kiwi Cabs 04 389 9999 or 0508 42 54 94
Wellington Combined Shuttles       04 387 8787 or
Corporate Cabs 04 387 4600 or

Buses and Trains

For bus services between Wellington CBD and Wellington Airport, visit

Go Wellington runs services regularly between Wellington CBD and Victoria University Kelburn campus. Bus numbers 20, 22 and 23 depart from the Courtenay Place and Lambton Quay areas, bus number 17 departs from the train station and bus numbers 18 and 47 depart from the Cuba Street area. The fare is $2.00 between Wellington CBD and Victoria University Kelburn campus, or less with a Snapper card. For more information visit

Trains run regularly from around the Greater Wellington region into the CBD. Visit for route maps and timetables.

Cable Car

Image credit: Brett Taylor (CC BY 2.0 )

Another transport option between Lambton Quay and Victoria University Kelburn campus is the Wellington Cable Car. There are two options for getting to the Maclaurin building from the cable car: from the Salamanca Terminus walk along Salamanca Road and up Kelburn Parade to the roundabout, or from the Kelburn Terminus walk along Upland Road and down Glasgow Street to the roundabout. The fare is $4.00 one way, or less with a Snapper card. For more information, visit


Pay and display parking is available on Wai-te-ata Road below the Victoria University of Wellington Kelburn campus at $10.00 per day (see below for a campus map).

Coupon parking is available in the Upland Road, Kelburn area for $7.50 per day (see here for more information). Coupons can be purchased from the Four Square on Upland Road. All parking in the Kelburn area is free on weekends.


Wellington boasts a huge range of restaurants, bars and cafes, catering for all tastes, dietary requirements and budgets. See for more information.

Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

There are several self-catering lunch options on the Kelburn campus, many of them close. These venues are listed in order of proxity to the conference venue in the Alan MacDiarmid building:

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Alan MacDiarmid Building – coffee, sandwiches, salads, baked goods. Vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo options available.

Maki Mono

Level 2, Easterfield Building – sushi and other Japanese cuisine.

Vic Books

Easterfield Building – coffee, sandwiches, salads, baked goods. Daily changing special for hot meals.

The Lab

Ground floor, Easterfield Building – salads, noodles, soups and juices, vegetarian options available.

Louis' Kiosk

Level 1, outside Kelburn Library – coffee, sandwiches, salads, baked goods.

Milk and Honey

Level 1, Rankine Brown Building – proper restaurant serving breakfast and lunch menus. Coffee and baked goods can also be bought to take away.

Ilott Café

Level 3, Kirk Building – self-service and take away coffee, pizza, hot dogs, fried chicken, baked goods.

Te Herenga Waka Marae

46 Kelburn Parade – $6 lunches are available Tuesday-Thursday.

Bec's Café

Ramsey House, 8 Kelburn Parade – coffee, sandwiches, salads, baked goods.


A map of the Kelburn campus can be found here.

A map with locations of some of the attractions that Wellington has to offer can be found here.