News | 20 February 2024
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Back to work: Change up your commute

Tired of the same old commuting grind? Shake up your routine this year to make it more climate-positive and enjoyable while boosting your wellbeing and saving money on petrol.

Bus on the road.

Try out one of the new biking and walking routes 

There are a range of walking and biking paths available in and out of the city, making your commute safer and enjoyable for everyone. You can try out different routes – from Kilbirnie via Cobham Drive and Lyall Bay, from Newtown into the city, or take your bike up to Botanic Garden ki Paekākā. See more planned routes

Public transport perks 

Greater Wellington and Metlink recently announced new bus routes and service extensions across the city, making it easier for more people to take the bus. You can sign up to Metlink to get notifications about your chosen transport service, so you are aware of any changes to your journey. 

We’ve added new bus lanes between Newtown and the city, and from the western suburbs too – making journeys quicker and more reliable.

It’s also the perfect time to maximise your travel time – make the most of it by chucking on an audiobook or pulling out your eReader or a good book. The Libby app is a great way to get free ebooks and audiobooks through your library membership. You could also check out a new podcast from this list of top 100 most popular podcasts in Aotearoa. 

Flamingo/Beam eBikes or scooters

Ever just hopped off the train and not felt like walking to work? Or, if you just want something to get around town, cut your time in half by jumping on two wheels. The e-scooters and e-bikes available from Flamingo or Beam, who are partners with Wellington City Council, are a great way to give biking or scooting a go while you’re on the go!

People running on the side of the road with the harbour in the background.

Running routes to the city  

The best thing about Wellington being a walkable city is that you can easily turn your regular walking routes into running tracks. If you live close to the CBD, you could turn your morning commute into a chance to get in some fresh air and exercise. Or, end your day with a run home and spend the evening relaxing.

Cable Car

The Cable Car is known for being a Wellington attraction, but why not use it as part of your daily commute? You can get between the city centre and Kelburn in around five minutes, with beautiful views of the city on the way. 

The Cable Car departs every 10 minutes with a capacity of up to 100, and you can purchase 5, 10 and 25 trip passes to cut down on costs. There is also the option to get a three month unlimited travel pass for $130 (less than $2 a day). This awesome service is also certified Carbon Zero, fully electric and Qualmark Gold accredited. Find out more on the Cable Car website.

Ride with Mevo or City Hop 

With vehicles spread across the city, you could book yourself a Mevo or City Hop to get you to your next location. This can save you time and money, and you can easily drop it off at one of the convenient Flex Zones in the city.

Metlink on demand in Tawa 

Metlink On Demand is a unique corner-to-corner bus service, available to the residents of Tawa and the Porirua CBD. Once you’ve downloaded and set up the On Demand app, you can book your ride by selecting your virtual pick-up and drop off location. The app will guide you to where the On Demand driver will pick you up and drop you off. 

Check out Our Wellington and our social media channels for more articles in our Back to Work series.