How Safe Is Wellington for Travel?

Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington is the second most populated city as well as the capital of New Zealand, which is located in the southwestern part of the North Island.

It is also known to the coolest little capital in the world that is considered to be now in a huge growth stage and development.

The city is well-known for its culinary and most of all for its tucked-away bars and quirky cafes that are recommended for you as a tourist to be visited.

Warnings & Dangers in Wellington

Overall Risk


Overall it can be claimed that it is a safe destination for tourists if all precautions measures will be taken into account and choose wisely your accommodation.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transport infrastructure is very developed in the city and as a result, traveling facilities are available everywhere and are claimed to be very safe.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are often met here and therefore it is advisable to keep a close look at your belongings especially on your documents and try if possible not to carry all you have with you but instead store them in a safe place.

Natural Disasters Risk


There are no considerable natural disaster risks that can somehow affect you negatively.

Mugging Risk


There is an increasing number of violent crimes in the city, meaning that in order for you to avoid such unpleasant cases you should opt for not walking alone at night is not so populated places and take all measures to safeguard your possessions as well as yourself.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist attacks happening in the city can not be ruled out and the only solution to this would be to follow the advice of public authorities. They will take care of you and diminish as much as possible the negative effect it can have on you.

Scams Risk


There are scammers in the city but these could be easily avoided through using your common sense and not being easily influenced. If you feel the pressure from a person regarding a decision report it immediately and get rid of that person as soon as possible.

Women Travelers Risk


It is really safe for women to travel if taking all measures to stay safe. People are believed to be very open-minded, but still as everywhere in the world take all precaution measures for preserving your safety.

So... How Safe Is Wellington Really?

Overall it is a safe destination for you as a tourist from almost all perspectives, but it is advisable to take all measures in order to preserve your safety and security.

In recent years with the development of tourism in the city the cases of robberies, thefts, and crime, in general, have increased, which means that you as a tourist should choose wisely your accommodation which will ensure your safety.

Be aware of a big gang of pickpockets that operate in the most populated areas of the city and keep a close look at your belongings, especially your documents.

Also, it is recommended to always have a mobile phone from which in case of emergency you will be able to call as well as have a list of numbers.

Even if it is claimed to be relatively safe there are some neighborhoods that are advisable especially by night to not be visited however, during the day these could be and are recommended to be visited.

These one could be easily found at the tourist information point together with a lot of more interesting and important updates related to tours, guides, experiences of any kind as well as the must-see and do of the city which will ensure you a safe and great trip.

Taking everything into account and following all the above-mentioned pieces of advice you will be able to safely enjoy your trip.

How Does Wellington Compare?

CitySafety Index
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63

Useful Information

  • Visas - It depends on your citizenship whether you need a visa or not, but all the required information is clearly provided by the web-site of the public authorities.
  • Currency - The local currency is the New Zealand Dollar.
  • Weather - Wellington has a mild, temperate marine climate, with plenty of wind with moderate all year round temperatures with warm summers and mild winters.
  • Airports - Wellington International Airport is the airport located close to the city that operates a wide range of international flights therefore it is considered to be the third busiest airport in New Zealand.
  • Travel Insurance - As it is always recommended to have travel insurance while traveling, no matter the destination, therefore, Wellington is not an exception.
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Wellington Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 18° C
Feb 19° C
Mar 17° C
Apr 15° C
May 13° C
Jun 10° C
Jul 10° C
Aug 11° C
Sep 12° C
Oct 14° C
Nov 14° C
Dec 16° C
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1 Review on Wellington

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    Stephen says:

    This place has so many quirky, fun cafes and bars!

    So many quirky cafes that we absolutely loved! One of a kind bars are present here as well. I felt very safe while I was here as did my whole family and friends (we were 12 people in total). We had a lot of fun, didn’t see or hear of anyone being mugged or pickpocketed. Not saying it doesn’t happen, we just didn’t see it. We didn’t travel to bad neighborhoods because why would you do that anyway? The places we saw in the city were nice, interesting and we plan a second trip in a few years.

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