Public transport

How to get to and between our campuses on foot, by bike, or on public transport.

Travel between campuses

For the first two weeks of Trimester 1, students who are ordinarily based at Pipitea campus can request a 10-trip (one zone) pass for their Snapper to use to get to Kelburn or Te Aro campus, free of charge! Take your Snapper card to VUWSA Reception at Kelburn campus to have the pass loaded onto it.If you don't have a Snapper card, you can buy one from VUWSA for $10.

Note that the Pipitea campus/Railway station bus stop has been relocated to Brandon Street. The Metlink website has the latest information on travel disruptions. Keep up to date with information for students about the situation at Pipitea campus.

If you usually take the 22 bus from Wellington train station to our Kelburn campus, you can board this service from the temporary stop at Brandon Street. Leave the train station via the main entrance, walk down Featherston Street and keep walking until you get to Brandon Street, turn right.

General discount for students

If you’re an eligible full-time tertiary student you will receive a 25% discount off adult Snapper fares when travelling at peak times. To receive this discount when you pay with Snapper, you’ll need to first apply for a tertiary concession on your Snapper card. There may be a delay of a couple of days before the discount is applied.

Further support  

If you are a student with a disability and need support with transport costs given the protest disrupting bus services please contact Te Amaru—Disability Services who can assist with taxi chits. Email

Students who may need support with alternative transport to attend appointments at Mauri Ora on the Kelburn campus should email a day before their appointment to request a taxi chit. The service is available to students who normally study at Pipitea and are available from the CBD to Kelburn campus only.


It’s a 10–15-minute walk from the city centre to Kelburn campus.

Shortcuts to the Kelburn campus

Download these maps to see the pedestrian shortcuts from downtown Wellington to the Kelburn campus.


There are cycle racks and showers at all campuses.

Locate all bike parking facilities on Google Maps.

Bicycle stands

Bicycle parking stands on the Kelburn campus are situated in the following locations:

  • Alan MacDiarmid—basement
  • Cotton Plaza
  • Easterfield—west (in front of Pharmacy)
  • Hunter Courtyard
  • Kirk—north/east (Hunter Courtyard)
  • Laby—under south end
  • Murphy Building—east
  • Malaghan Institute
  • New Zealand School of Music
  • Rec Centre—west
  • Tim Beaglehole Courtyard
  • 83 Fairlie Terrace—west
  • 85 Fairlie Terrace—basement.

If you are a staff member and would like to access the secure cage in the basements of the Alan MacDiarmid Building and 85 Fairlie Terrace, contact Campus Security at to get your staff card loaded to access the cage.

Bicycle stands on the Pipitea campus are situated in the following locations:

  • Government Building—east
  • Rutherford House—west and basement.

Bike stands are also available at Te Aro campus (at the Dunlop Tce entrance).

For the safety of building occupants in an emergency and to prevent damage to paintwork and flooring, bicycles must not be kept in offices, corridors and access ways.

Cable car

The cable car runs from the city to Kelburn every 10 minutes, and stops near the Kelburn Campus.

Bus or train

Buses and trains in Wellington are operated by Metlink. Visit their website for information on timetables and fares, or phone 0800 801 700.

The Pipitea campus is located at the Wellington Railway Station—also home to the central bus terminus.

All campuses are close to bus stops. There are timetables at two locations on the Kelburn campus:

  • Level 2, Student Union Building.
  • Ground floor, Easterfield Building.

You can pay bus fares in cash, but if you regularly use the bus, it is cheaper to buy a Snapper card and load it up with credit. You can buy and top up Snapper cards at these locations on or near University campuses:

  • VUWSA Reception, Level 4, Student Union Building, Kelburn campus.
  • Freemans Lotto, Rutherford House, Pipitea campus.
  • Convenience stores and other retailers around Wellington—look for the Snapper logo.

You can check your balance and top up your Snapper card at Snapper kiosks located on campus and around Wellington. You can find Snapper kiosks on the three main campuses:

  • Ground floor, Easterfield Building, Kelburn campus.
  • Ground floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea campus.
  • Te Aro campus, 139 Vivian Street.

Bus links

Four bus routes stop at the Kelburn campus and can take you to most points in the city and to other University campuses in Wellington.

There is also a journey planner on the Metlink website.

Route No 37 stops close to the Pipitea campus at the nearby Lambton Quay/Bowen St intersection.

Routes No 18e and No 21 stop on Ghuznee Street, close to the Te Aro campus on Vivian Street.

Metlink is the name for Greater Wellington’s public transport network. For timetables and information about bus, train and harbour ferry services in the Greater Wellington region go to the Metlink website or contact the Metlink Service Centre on 0800 801 700.