Getting to campus
How to get to and between our campuses on foot, by bike, car or on public transport.
It’s a 10–15-minute walk from the city centre to Kelburn campus. Download the pedestrian shortcuts to make your journey shorter.
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.
Bicycle parking stands on the Kelburn campus are situated in the following locations:
- Adam Art Gallery—south
- Alan MacDiarmid—basement
- Laby—under south end
- Murphy Building—west
- Rec Centre—west
- 83 Fairlie Terrace—west.
If you are a postgraduate student and would like to access the secure cage in the basement of the Alan MacDiarmid Building, contact Campus Security.
Bicycle stands on the Pipitea campus are situated in the following locations:
- Government Building—east
- Rutherford House—west and basement.
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.
We know that many students are excited about the launch of the e-scooter pilot in Wellington.
The University has worked with the e-scooter providers to understand the impact the scooters might have on the safety of students and the wider University community. Here are some helpful tips:
- Due to the hilly terrain around the Kelburn campus and surrounding areas and buildings (for example Mount Street, Weir House and Te Puni Village), it’s important to be particularly careful if you use an e-scooter in these areas. To ensure the safety of all pedestrians on our campuses, anyone using an e-scooter should walk (rather than ride) them through campus areas.
- While helmets are not mandatory when using scooters, we strongly recommend you wear a helmet for your safety.
- E-scooters cannot be parked on the Kelburn Campus, within the Old Government Building grounds on the Pipitea Campus, or the grounds of Weir House. (You will notice that these areas are geo-fenced in the e-scooter apps.)
- The University is committed to being a “good neighbour” in the community. Please support our community commitment and respect our neighbours if you are riding or parking e-scooters
If you have any questions about e-scooters, please contact the relevant provider, i.e. Uber or Flamingo. If your question is related to the University, contact FM Service Desk.
Parking spaces are difficult to find in the Kelburn area, so it’s best to walk, cycle, use a motorbike or public transport.
The cable car runs from the city up to Kelburn every 10 minutes, and stops near the Kelburn campus.
Bus or train
Buses and trains in Wellington are operated by Metlink. For timetables and fares, visit the Metlink website or phone 0800 801 700.
All eligible fulltime tertiary students will receive a 25 percent discount off the peak adult Snapper or single 10-Trip Ticket fare on Metlink bus, rail and ferry services at all times.
The Pipitea campus is located by the Wellington Railway Station—also home to the central bus terminus.
All campuses are close to bus stops. You can find timetables on the Kelburn campus at:
- Level 2, Student Union Building
- Ground floor, Easterfield Building
You can pay bus fares in cash, but if you use the bus regularly it is cheaper to buy a Snapper card and load this up with credit. You can buy and top up Snapper cards on or near University campuses at:
- 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 quickly 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
There are four separate bus routes that stop at the Kelburn campus and can take you to most points in the city and to other University campuses around Wellington. Timetables below take you to the Metlink website, which includes a journey planner.
- No 18e—Miramar to Karori via Kilbirnie, Newtown and the Kelburn, Te Aro and Miramar campuses
- No 21—Courtenay Place to Karori via the Kelburn and Te Aro campuses
- No 22—Johnsonville to Pipitea campus (Wellington Railway Station central bus terminus) via Khandallah, Ngaio, Wilton, Mairangi, Northland and the Kelburn campus
- No 37—Lambton Quay to Karori via the Kelburn campus
Route 37 stops close to Pipitea campus at the nearby Lambton Quay/Bowen St intersection.
Routes 18e and 21 stop on Ghuznee Street, close to Te Aro campus on Vivian Street.
If you’re travelling between campuses on the same day, find out how to apply for a free bus pass.