Te Wharewhaka is an award-winning, multi-purpose function centre and waka house, offering many services.
Commonly referred to now as Te Wharewaka, this building was given the official name of ‘Te Raukura’ at it opening ceremony. ‘Te Raukura’ is of special significance to descendants from Taranaki iwi of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga.
Previously the area where the building is located was harbour frontage to Te Aro Pa, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s. The elements of the building include whakairo or carvings and modern renditions of traditional design which transform the building symbolically into a ceremonial waka (canoe) linked to the ancestor Kupe and the voyaging traditions of the Pacific peoples. Within the whare, Rongo, the god of Peace, reigns. It is in this atmosphere, under a cloak of peace, that people interact with one another and with the spirits of their ancestors.
How to get there
Hop on a bus
Wellington has an extensive network of bus routes. For timetable information for bus contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit metlink.org.nz.
From the airport to the town
Buses, airport shuttles, taxis and limos are all lined up outside the terminal, ready to go. Taxis and Airport Shuttles offer door-to-door service and the public bus comes through every 15 minutes.
Uber and Zoomy also operate to and from the airport – you need an account and must order your car from your mobile phone – the cost is approx $25.
Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal. It might cost approx $35-$40, but prices can vary quite a lot depending on the company. They all take VISA and master card. Tips are not expected.
Bus from the Airport
Airport Flyer Bus is an express bus service that runs from Wellington International Airport to the Hutt Valley, through the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate – Lower Hutt. The service runs at least once every 20 minutes, every day between the Airport and Lower Hutt. Airport Flyer departs from the southern end of the airport terminal, level 0 (exit from baggage claim doors on level 0 and turn right) and the cost to get to the city is $9 per person.
Super Shuttle’s shared-ride fares offer substantial discounts for passengers travelling in the same group to the same destination. Shuttle ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal.