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Main NZ entry Airports are at Auckland, Wellington (Australia only) and Christchurch, and are serviced by many international providers. Air New Zealand (our preferred airline), has routes which connect to & from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. Currently their routes are expanding with new destinations and code share agreements being available by 2019.
Special conditions negotiated with Air New Zealand for the LRWC2019 will be advised and posted accordingly.
After arriving at an international Airport there are several means of travelling to the Seddon Rifle Range, Trentham Upper Hutt.
Connecting domestic flights for Wellington Airport depart regularly from both Auckland and Christchurch Domestic Terminals which are adjacent to the International terminals. It is a 1 hr flight from Auckland and a 45 min flight from Christchurch. www.airnewzealand.co.nz
From Auckland it is a 8- 10 Hour drive to Wellington, best taken over several days to visit locations of interest on the journey. From Christchurch it is a 4- 6 hour drive to Picton, plus a 3 hour ferry trip to Wellington, and we recommend taking time on the journey.
NZ drives on the left side of the road and although it does not have as many vehicles as some other countries, its laws and roads are designed to prevent fatal accidents. If planning to drive in New Zealand please be aware of the Traffic road signs and Laws. www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode
NZ has limited multi-lane highways outside of the main cities, and they are mostly one lane in each direction. They are of a high quality, well designed and serviced. The mountainous topography makes for some challenging driving and may require more time than similar distances overseas. Maximum speed is 100kph in rural areas and 50kph in urban cities. Local variations apply, and international drivers need to use caution, especially if not used to driving on the Left side of the road, in a Right side driving position.
Self Drive / Hire vehicle Car / Mini coach/ Commercially available with all major companies in NZ and available at entry airports and all cities.
Refer to website for information www.rentalcars.com/carhire-NewZealand
International and national companies Hertz / Budget / Avis ./ etc vehicles are available from International Airports, but will need to be booked in advance .
Camper vans / RV’s available from entry Airports of Auckland or Christchurch 2, 4, 6, Berth Vehicles.
Google;- Camper Van / Rv NZ www.discovery-motorhomes.co.nz
Rail NZ Rail have a passenger train from Auckland , a 12 hour daylight 6 days a week service, and a daily service from Christchurch to Picton, which connects with the NZ Rail Ferry service to Wellington . www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz
Wellington – Lower Hutt - Upper Hutt
The region has an efficient local public travel network utilising public Coach services and suburban rail network, together with an efficient two lane motorway/ Highway 2, between Wellington and Upper Hutt . Public Taxi and Shuttle services are available from the Airport and local requirements throughout the region.
Check www.tranzmetro.co.nz for local transport services.
Wellington Airport is close to the CBD (10 – 15 minutes) although it is a 35 minute drive to Upper Hutt and a 45 minute trip by the suburban Rail system from the Wellington CBD and Railway Station. Frequent services are available: Seddon Range is approx. 1 km 10- 15 min walk from Heretaunga suburban railway station, which has a 30 minute service for travel between Upper Hutt and Wellington.
Road Self Drive cars or mini vans (8 – 12 seats) or group Coach (20 – 50 seats) travel can be arranged. International team requirements will be managed by the NRANZ Project Management Team on a country by country basis.
The range is easily found by leaving the Motorway / Highway 2 at Silverstream, and following the main Fergusson Drive to the first set of traffic lights where a right turn will take you directly to the Range in approx. 2 kms drive.