Rutherford House

Lecture Theatre 1, Rutherford House 23 Lambton Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

The Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2018 will be hosted at Rutherford House in the Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington.

Rutherford House has been redeveloped with the addition of a six-floor annexe on the Featherston Street side of the building, a new library, and revamped ground and mezzanine floors.

The redevelopment was officially opened by the Right Honourable Bill English, Prime Minister, on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The new annexe provides modern, fit-for-purpose teaching spaces. The ground and mezzanine floors, adjacent to the Lambton Quay side of the building, have informal learning and teaching spaces, retail facilities and provide a focal point for engaging with surrounding business and government communities. The lower levels are designed to be a social area, similar to the award-winning Hub at the Kelburn campus.


Catch the train
Wellington Train Station is located on Bunny Street. From the station, it is a 5-10 minute walk to Rutherford House. For timetable information for train contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit

Hop on a bus
Wellington has an extensive network of bus routes. Routes 17, 20, 22 and 23 go either to the Pipitea Campus or to the nearby Lambton Quay/Bowen St intersection. For timetable information for bus contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit

Hail a taxi
Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful in Wellington. A dedicated taxi rank is located outside all venues, and drivers are very familiar with the Pipitea Campus. Taxis to and from the Wellington Airport to the central business district on average should cost no more than $25.

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.

Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal. It might cost $25-35, but prices can vary quite a lot depending on the company. They all take VISA and master card. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip.

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.

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.

Welcome to Wellington!

Come join us in the ‘coolest little capital’ in the world. With a vibrant arts scene, fabulous café and restaurant culture nestled around the stunning waterfront, it must be one of the easiest cities in the world to get around on foot. Wellington enjoys more cafes, bars and restaurants than New York City, and its coffee and craft beer producers are internationally recognised. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village.

The coolest little capital in the world

Set around an attractive waterfront, you'll be hard pressed to find a city in the world that's easier to get around. Wellington enjoys more cafes, bars and restaurants than New York City, and its coffee and craft beer producers are internationally recognised. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village.

Arm yourself with a map and take a stroll around! Or if you are a tech enthusiast, download the Welly Walks App to discover all the best tourist spots and hidden gems in Wellington!

As you walk around the city look out for some of the street art that covers the building walls. While the work is scattered around the city, the areas around Cuba Street and Aro Street have some excellent examples.

Wellington also has free wi-fi in the CBD: just choose the 'cbdfree' network in available areas! cbdfree can be accessed for 30 minutes at a time.


Things to do in while in Wellington

Te Papa National Museum

55 Cable Street
Tel: +64 4 381 7000

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, is fascinating and fun for curious minds of any age. The exhibits are innovative and interactive, telling stories of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural and social history in new and exciting ways. Free Entrance.


Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary

Waiapu Road
Karori 6012, Wellington
Tel: +64 4 920 9213

Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Wellington you'll find Zealandia. Hidden in a suburban valley, this project aims to return a 225 hectare section of bush to its pre-human state.

Take a walk and hear the songs of the flourishing native bird population. Volunteer guides help you make the most, and you can even book a night tour for kiwi spotting. Adult fee: $18.50

Discover Art in the city

Wellington is well known for the arts scene and mayor galleries such as City Gallery,  Kura GalleryPage Blackie Gallery or New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.


360- degree views from the top of Mount Victoria

Mount Victoria Lookout
Lookout Rd
Hataitai, Wellington

Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout is a Wellington must-do. Head to the lookout and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbour, and beyond.

Located right next to the central business district, you can drive all the way up, or take a walkway through the bush-covered Town Belt.

Take a wander around the waterfront to Oriental Bay

View Map here

Wellington's waterfront is a beautifully walkable public space, dotted with cafes, parks, sculpture, bars and ice cream vendors. Join hundreds of Wellingtonians walking, jogging, skating, cycling, or crocodile biking.

Stop by one of three markets on the weekend, then aim for Oriental Bay beach to have a swim or just soak up the sun.


Cruise down Cuba Street

View Map here

Home to hipsters, artists and lovers of vintage, Cuba Street is a bohemian haven with some of the city’s most colourful shops, bars and cafes.

Street entertainers might play percussive guitar, put on a marionette show, or play with fire. Don't forget to get your photo of the one and only Bucket Fountain.

Wellington Zoo

200 Daniell Street
Newtown 6021, Wellington
Tel: +64 4 381 6755

Ever wanted to hand-feed a giraffe, play with a mob of meerkats or stroke a cheetah’s fur? All this and more is possible at Wellington Zoo, the ‘best little zoo in the world’.

Book a Close Encounter for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, or just enjoy the more than 100 species of animals in the collection. Say hi to the chimps for us! Adult fee: $23


Tour of the Parliament

The Beehive & Parliament Buildings
Corner Lambton Quay & Molesworth Streets
Thorndon, Wellington
+64 4 817 9503

Learn about one of the world's most progressive democracies on a tour of Parliament Buildings and the iconic Beehive building. Then pop over to Old St Paul's, a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture made from native timbers.

The Weta Caves

1 Weka Street
Miramar, Wellington
Tel: +64 4 909 4035

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the imagination and artistry behind some of the world's most spectacular movies at the Weta Cave mini-museum, right there where the special effects wizardry happens.  Or put yourself in the picture with a The Lord of the Rings location tour. Adult fee: $25