Sustainable modes of transport

Fewer cars on the road means less congestion and shorter travel times for everyone. Whether you want to exercise more or lower your carbon emissions, choosing sustainable modes of transport is a win/win for you and the city.

Take a walk

When you don't have to keep your eyes on the road, you can enjoy Wellington’s amazing sights. Take the long way home – or walk a different route to see something new, like the Leeds Street and Masons Lane laneways. Include a park or garden, discover a new cafe, or throw in a hill to get your heart rate up.

Get on your bike

More Wellingtonians are choosing to get around by bike. It's great for your health and for the environment. If you're new to two-wheeled transport, we've got some tips and tricks – and Pedal Ready can sort you out with a free skills session.

We want to make biking around Wellington easier and safer for everyone. Over the next 10 years we're building a connected cycle network covering the whole of Wellington.

Share the ride

Car share schemes are great if you sometimes need access to a car but don't want to own one. There are a few operators in the city already.

Using car share vehicles in Wellington

You could also try carpooling either for your regular commute, or a one-off journey.

Electrify your commute

Electric vehicles are the way of the future, whether it’s an electric/hybrid car, motorbike, e-bike or even an e-skateboard.

We’re investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure around Wellington City and recently installed 28 charging stations on 14 residential streets. For a list of all charging locations visit

Meanwhile e-bikes take the wind and hills out of your cycling commute, while conveniently being charged by Wellington’s windfarms (at least some of the way).

Watch a video about how Wellingtonians are using electric vehicles.

For more information, visit our electric vehicle page.

Go public

It's cheap and easy to get around the Wellington region on a bus, train or ferry; 90% of Wellington residents live within 400m of a bus stop. It's like having a chauffeur, and gives you time to finish that book (or start writing one!). If you're out late on Friday or Saturday, you can catch an After Midnight bus home.

You can plan your journey and find out about timetables and fares at Metlink.

Activate the school run

You can support children to be active by encouraging them to walk, cycle and scoot to school. The many benefits include improved independence, physical and mental health, and better decision making, risk assessment and road safety skills. This is also a great way to reduce traffic congestion - and improve safety - around schools. Find tools to support active school travel.