Travelling by Ferry

The Interislander Ferry runs free shuttle buses from the ferry terminal to the Wellington Railway Station, and the Bluebridge Ferry terminal is just across the Road from the Railway Station.  

Flying to Wellington

There is currently no airport bus service to the city, but one is being planned, and may be available by the time the conference starts.  There is a bus stop about 700m from the terminal which will take you close to the Railway station.  Shuttles and taxis are also available.  See Taxis & shuttles for further information.

From Wellington Train Station

Catch a train to Waikanae on the Kapiti line.  Trains leave every 20 or 30 minutes.  See Metlink – Timetable KPL Kapiti Line (Waikanae – Wellington) for the timetable.  Waikanae is the last stop on the line.  There are some fantastic coastal views on the trip North.  The trip takes about an hour.  If you travel off-peak and have a gold card the trip is free.

Buses to Otaki leave Waikanae Train Station about every 1.5 hours on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends.  The trip will take about 20 minutes.  See Metlink – Timetable 290 Waikanae – Otaki – Waikanae for the timetable.  The bus leaves from the other side of the ticket office and waiting room from where you disembark the train.

The racecourse is about a 15 minute walk from the Otaki centre on SH1 or there is a bus stop at the bottom of Freemans Road which is closer.  Ask the driver to let you off at the closest stop to the Racecourse.

Alternatively there is a shuttle service to get you from Waikanae to Otaki or around Otaki.  Cost is around $35 from Waikanae to Otaki.

See our Accommodation page for information about accommodation in Otaki.  There are two motels and quite a number of private accommodation options.  Be aware that Otaki is in two main parts.  Otaki itself is fairly handy to the Racecourse if you don’t mind walking, especially if accommodation is close to SH1.  Otaki Beach would add another 30 minutes to your daily walking commute. See the Otaki Shuttle link above for shuttle prices from the beach.