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How long from Napier to Wellington?

by marcopollo1844

I'm trying to map out our travel route and I am wondering how long it takes to drive in a car from Napier to Wellington? The map software says that it is 268km (@100km per hour) it should take almost 3 hours. Is that correct???

Thanks in advance!


Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by marcopollo1844

Okay, it looks like I might have found a GREAT RESOURCE at the AA Web site:

It is saying that it will take about 4 1/2 hours, is this correct?

Many thanks!

Re: Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by allikat

I recently found this link, which claims the journey should take around 4 1/2 hours:

Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by seanquinlan23

Its usually about 4 hours!

Re: Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by grumpybum

Hi, in my RACV map book it states that for working out realistic travel times (on sealed roads in Australia) your average speed will be at least 75% of the posted speed limit plus you must add half an hour for every two hours travelled. So 75 into 268 is about 3 1/2 hours plus the extra half hour comes to four hours. Sounds about right.

Re: Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by RogerW1nz

Yes, your AA website has it correct. I drove the route in January and it took about 4 hours 15 driving time. It's mostly flat, good tar-sealed 2 lane road, with passing lanes on the few hills. The only thing you need to consider is whether you drive through the Wairarapa (inland) route, which entails a 35-45 minute hill climb over the Rimutaka range - or going thru the Manawatu gorge and down the scenic coastal route to Wellington (slightly longer). Let me know if I can help further. Cheers, Roger

Re: Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by djramey

All I need to say is you must do this drive.

I did the drive from Napier to Wellington with two of my best mates and it was fantastic scenery. Well... I went Napier - Gisborne - Wellington, but nonetheless amazing.

The route we took brought us throw Upper and Lower Hutt I think and driving through these huge mountain passes. I can't remember the road but I know anyone from there could tell you what that road is.

It was utterly amazing!!!!

Re: Re: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by RogerW1nz

The last correspondent's "mountain pass" is the road over the Rimutaka Ranges. It is quite spectacular, but can be slow if the traffic is heavy..

RE: How long from Napier to Wellington?

by ShireLass85

I just did this on the intercity bus a few months ago, it was 5 hours, we made two other stops, one was about 20 minutes so what everyone has been saying checks out : )

Travel Tips for Wellington

The Overhead Bus Wires in your Photos

by Kakapo2


Quite a while ago a VT member wrote in a tip about Wellington that “the cables” destroy everything.

I would not go that far – but those mysterious wires make you go to extra lenghts if you want to take perfect photos. And those, of course, do not include wires running across facades, through the centre of your photos, or as ugly black lines across a brilliant blue sky. We tend to make nature and even city scapes look more beautiful than they are – and power cables in the middle of a fantastic landscapes are pure horror, as they destroy the impression of an untouched world.

Those cables in Wellington make the electric trolley buses run in an environmentally friendly way. Last year 61 new and more reliable ones have been ordered to be added to the fleet over 2008 and 2009.

I think those overhead lines, mixed with power lines, are an eyesore if you want to take photos. If you just walk around they do not disturb your views, somehow you can blend them out. And if you think of the environmental profits those wires deliver you just have to accept and like them, as you can walk in the city centre without diesel clouds being blown right into your face and airways.

The problem is that the overhead lines can go down in heavy storms, and then a small chaos breaks out. However, the new buses carry a battery back-up, so break-downs resulting from power-outages will – hopefully – soon be a thing of the past.

Statistics show that about 8 million people used the trolley bus service per year, which is about 50 per cent of Wellington’s public transport volume. Those buses were introduced in 1924. The new ones are manufactured in Ashburton. Before the decision to modernise the fleet the service was under threat. There were big discussions about the funding, as trolley buses are more expensive to manufacture and to run because of the overhead electric system. Finally NZ Bus and the Greater Wellington Regional Council struck a deal to save the service.

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GST - Tax

by keeweechic

All goods and services purchased in new Zealand are subject to 12.5% Goods and Services tax. This is usually included in the price, although some hotels and restaurants may quote prices excluding GST.

Drive to Seatoun

by Kate-Me

We read in the Lord of the Rings location guide book in a shop that Seatoun, a little suburb of Wellington just around the harbour, was a place where many of the actors and actresses hung out at a cafe called the Chocolate Fish during filming, and decided to take a drive to see if we could find it....
well, we found the town (what there was of it - only one or 2 shops and some houses) but we didn't find any cafe, though we backtracked a few times. Eventually we just found the beach, took a look, and drove back along the harbour again.
It was a nice drive, and on the way back we passed many interesting architectural examples of all different styles, of houses all set right back against the hillside, many with unbelievably steep driveways, and perched seemingly quite precariously.
This house particularly took my fancy. If you blow it up, you will see that on the front are stencils of birds and fish.

Chocolate Heaven

by fishandchips about Schoc

Schoc doubles as a coffee house and is a small store on Tory Street. The chocolate part of the store is at the back and there are samples of all of the flavours - and there are lots and lots to choose from. The items are created up the coast in the Wairarapa. Have a look at their Choc Website for more info. Flavours range from single plantation, island named varieties to ones such as Earl Grey Tea and my favourite, Lime Chilli (the combination of citrus & hot has to be tried!!). It's not the cheapest place to buy your chocolate but the product is of a very high standard. At around $10 for a smallish bar you might think that this stuff is very expensive but on the other hand the number of brownie points one can build up is considerable!!

Cable Car

by Bernd_L

From downtown Wellington you can use the cable car to go up the hill to the Botanical Garden. On its way the cable car offers a splendid view over the city and the bay.

The cable car is not only a means of transportation but also a tourist attraction. You shouldn't miss a trip with it.

The downtown station is on Lambton Quai, Wellingtons main shopping street. The Cable Car is used by nearly a million people each year. In the mornings and evenings, it is used by commuters travelling between Kelburn and the city. At other times of the day, it is used by people travelling between the city and the Wellington Botanic Garden, or by students attending Victoria University.


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