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Wellington is a great walking city. The compact area around Lambton Quay and on Cuba Street is flat. A stroll along the waterfront around Oriental Bay provides outstanding sea views. If you head for the hills, take the cable car, and see the sights with a walk down.
For cyclists, designated bike lanes in and around Wellington are marked with a continuous white line and a white bike image on the pavement. More details about urban cycling are on the city's Web site, www.wcc.govt.nz. Penny Farthing Cycles rents bikes for NZ$50 per day or NZ$35 half day (includes helmets) for around-town riding, mountain biking, and off-road use.
Buses are a great way to navigate the city, though service outside the city center is sporadic. In Wellington, buses are operated by several companies; for information on all routes and fares contact Metlink. The main terminals are at the railway station and from Courtenay Place. For all inner-city trips, pay when you board the bus. Bus stops are marked with red-and-white signs. A Bus-about ticket costs NZ$9 but is not available for the Airport Flyer. A car is unnecessary to get around central Wellington, which is compact; its many one-way streets can frustrate drivers. However, a car is convenient for outlying places such as Akatarawa and the coastal region around Paraparaumu and essential for exploring the Wairarapa.
Taxi ride rates are NZ$3.50 on entry, then NZ$3.10 per 1 km (½ mi). Taxis idle outside the railway station, on Dixon Street, and along Courtenay Place and Lambton Quay.
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