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 www.wellingtonnz.com/discover/visitor-information and www.tourism.net.nz/region/wellington 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:
Te Puni Village
80 Fairlie Terrace
213–223 Cuba Street
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
154 The Terrace
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).
166 Willis St
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.
Buses and Trains
For bus services between Wellington CBD and Wellington Airport, visit www.metlink.org.nz/tickets-and-fares/airport
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 www.metlink.org.nz.
Trains run regularly from around the Greater Wellington region into the CBD. Visit www.metlink.org.nz for route maps and timetables.
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 www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz.
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 www.zomato.com/wellington/wellington-city-restaurants 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:
Alan MacDiarmid Building – coffee, sandwiches, salads, baked goods. Vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo options available.
Level 2, Easterfield Building – sushi and other Japanese cuisine.
Easterfield Building – coffee, sandwiches, salads, baked goods. Daily changing special for hot meals.
Ground floor, Easterfield Building – salads, noodles, soups and juices, vegetarian options available.
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.
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.
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.