Wellington International Airport
Wellington International Airport is located in the suburb of Rongotai, New Zealand. The airport is directly along the banks of the Cook Strait. The airport’s passenger load of over five million people makes it the third busiest airport in the nation of New Zealand. Wellington International is a geographically small airport occupying less than 300 acres.
History of Wellington Airport
Wellington International began in 1929. At this time, the airport was named Rongotai Airport. In 1929, the airport was a simple grass airfield. In 1947, it was deemed unsafe to land modern aircraft on a grass field, so the airport was officially closed.
The airport was reopened and given its current name in 1959. A terminal and a single runway were built at this time.
In 1986, the terminal was refurbished. A new terminal was built in 1999. It is considered to be an architectural masterpiece designed to resemble a rock. Prior to the new construction, there was talk of moving the airport closer to Wellington. However, those plans are on hold at this time.
Airport Terminals & Operations
Currently, there is a single terminal in operation at Wellington International that handles both domestic and international flights. There are three piers built out from the terminal where the airport gates are located.
Wellington International has a single runway. It is 6,827 feet in length, which is very short by modern standards.
There are several amenities available to passengers at the airport including free Wi-Fi Internet access. Access is available throughout the terminal and the piers. There are also several phone/internet kiosks located throughout the airport facility.
For those needing banking services while traveling, there are two bank branches located on level 1 of the terminal. Currency exchange is available. ATMs are located in the Southern Pier on level 1, at International Departures on level 1 and at Gate 10 on level 1.
For those needing to send mail from the airport, there is a postal facility on the premises. New Zealand Post is located on level 1 of the terminal.
Facilities for those traveling with small children are available. A parent’s room is in the terminal on level 1. This area provides a baby changing area. There is also a play area for children in the International Departures Lounge.
Passengers who need to store luggage have facilities available. Luggage storage is offered on level 0 next to the baggage claim area.
Wellington International offers several services to business travelers. There is a business center located at the airport’s Conference Centre. Computers with Internet access are available as well as copiers and fax machines. In addition, the Conference Centre has a number of meeting rooms available to handle business meetings large and small. Several of the rooms are smaller, boardroom type rooms designed to accommodate approximately 12 people. Some rooms can seat 26, and two rooms may be combined to double meeting capacity.
Parking at the Airport
Many parking options are available at Wellington International. The Premium Lot is the closest lot to the airport. The Covered Parking Lot is available for both short and long-term parking. The Terminal Parking Lot is next to the terminal and there is a covered walkway from the lot to the building. The Long Term Lot is a greater distance away, but a shuttle service to the terminal is available. Valet parking service is available with car washing and detailing service.