If you can avoid the parking hassle and travel by public transport to the National March for Life, Wellington has a good public transport system of buses and trains.
GETTING TO WELLINGTON RAILWAY STATION
Please Note: Trains are being replaced with buses on Saturday 5 December. Leave plenty of time to get into the city for the March.
Train lines coming into Wellington Railway Station are:
- Upper Hutt Line
- Kapiti Line
- Johnsonville Line
On Saturdays the trains leave the first stations (Upper Hutt, Waikanae and Johnsonville) every 30 minutes – e.g. 12:00; 12:30; 1:00.
Length of Journey: The following times are from the first station to Wellington Railway Station (Wellington City).
- From Upper Hutt – 45 minute travel time
Alternatively from Lower Hutt catch Bus 83 for a direct ride.
- From Waikanae – 60 minute travel time
- From Johnsonville – 23 minute travel time
Alternatively catch Bus 1 for a direct ride.
From the Inter-Islander Ferry Terminal to the Wellington Railway Station: The free shuttle bus departs the terminal around 20 minutes after each ferry arrival from Picton, between the hours of 8am to 6pm, and takes passengers to Wellington Railway Station. There is no need to book but if you wish to make further enquiries call 0800 802 802. Alternatively, taxis are available.
From the Bluebridge Ferry Terminal to the Wellington Railway Station: The Wellington Railway Station is a short walk directly across the road from the Bluebridge.
GETTING TO THE CIVIC CENTRE FROM WELLINGTON RAILWAY STATION
Walk: It is approximately a 20 minute walk from Wellington Railway Station to the Civic Centre where the National March for Life begins.
Bus: A 7 minute bus ride can be taken from Wellington Railway Station. The buses take you to within a 3 minute walk of the Civic Centre Square.
Get off all the buses at Stop 5510 Willis Street Willbank Courts and walk 3 minutes to the Civic Square on Victoria Street.
Some bus options are:
- From Stop 5500
Bus 25 (Khandallah –Wellington – Aro Valley – Highbury)
Leaves every half hour
e.g 11.48 am; 12.18 pm; 12.48 pm; 1.18 pm; 1.48 pm
- From Stop 6000
Bus 7 (Wellington – Brooklyn – Kingston)
Leaves every 15 minutes
e.g 11.35 am; 11.50 am; 12.05 pm; 12.20 pm; 12.35 pm; 12.50 pm; 1.05 pm; 1.20 pm; 1.35 pm; 1.50 pm
Bus 3 (Wellington – Newtown – Kilbirnie – Lyall Bay/ Rongotai)
Leaves every 15 minutes
e.g 11.45 am; 12.00 pm; 12.15 pm; 12.30 pm; 12.45 pm; 1.00 pm; 1.15 p; 1.30 pm; 1.45 pm
MAKE YOUR OWN JOURNEY PLAN
To make your own journey plan or to find buses from other areas of Wellington go to metlink.org.nz and insert your details in the PLAN box. The bus timetable above was updated in September 2019 so it may pay to verify times closer to the day.
Weekend Parking in Central Wellington: There are a variety of parking options in Wellington City. Arrive early to allow time for finding a park and an easy walk, or bus ride, to arrive at the Civic Square between 12pm and 2pm.
Parking Meters: Park on the street.
Usual Maximum time limit is 2 hours, but check signage on the parking meter. The 2 hour limit may not allow sufficient time for getting to Civic Square and back to a park after the March is over.
Weekend prices range from $1.50 (city fringes) up to $2.50 per hour depending on area. Pay by Credit Card / Debit Card / Coins.
Charges apply between 8.00am. and 6.00pm.
For parking price zones check out the parking zone map.
Wilson Parking: Parking Buildings or Open Air Parking Areas.
Park as long as you like (check signage onsite). Some parking buildings have cheaper and/or flat rates on a Saturday including:
- Thorndon Central
- Bowen Complex
Payment in most buildings can be made by Coins / Credit or Debit Visa Cards / Tap and Go and the ParkMate app. Please note: Eftpos cards without a chip will not work.
If you have trouble on the day phone the number displayed at the pay station.
See Wilson Parking website for location and details about their facilities.