Independent Learning Association Conference (ILAC) 2012

Travel and Accommodation


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and the home to Parliament and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa which tells the story of New Zealand’s history through bold and interactive exhibits. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the vibrant downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot. You’ll discover an amazing range of cafes, art galleries, theatres, attractions and a lively nightlife.
Named as the 4th top city in the world in the Lonely Planet's top 10 cities for 2011, there are lots of things that make Wellington Cool-with-a-capital-C. The following websites will help you to plan your trip to the "Coolest Little Capital in the World":


Many travel options to Wellington are available. Click here for details on getting to Wellington.
If you are travelling by plane, you will arrive at Wellington International Airport. You will then need to make your way to the city centre.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Victoria University, Pipitea Campus. Rutherford House will be used for keynote speakers, parallel sessions, trade exhibition and catering during the conference.
This is shown on the campus map.

Getting to Victoria University – Pipitea Campus

Wellington is a compact city. You can travel easily to and from the downtown area to the University by public transport or on foot. You can get to the Pipitea Campus from the city centre either by a 5-10 minute walk or by bus.

Taxi and Shuttle Service

For information on taxis, visit Wellington Combined Taxis
Phone: +64 4 384 4444
For information on shuttle service, visit Co-op Shuttles
Phone: +64 4 387 8787


For information on the Airport Flyer and other bus services, visit Metlink.

Parking at the Pipitea Campus, Victoria University

Parking is very limited at the Pipitea Campus. Pay and display car parking is available in the streets around the University. There are also Wilson parking at Westpac Stadium, a 10 minute walk from Rutherford House.

Applying for a Visitor Visa or Permit

For details about applying for a visitor visa, please click here.


Special accommodation rates are available for conference participants at the hotels listed below.

The special rates are only available through the online registration system.  You can book accommodation when registering for the conference.

Room rates include GST of 15%.  Please note, your credit card details are required to secure your reservation.  You are not required to pay a deposit, but are required to pay the full amount of your stay upon check out.

Accommodation cancellation policy
All cancellations must be notified in writing, by fax or email to your hotel.  Please contact your hotel directly regarding their cancellation policy.

InterContinental Wellington
2 Grey Street
Classic Queen - $205 per night

Elegant accommodation at a very special conference rate! Experience the capital by staying at InterContinental Wellington, one of only two 5* Qualmark rated hotels in Wellington. The hotel is located adjacent to the harbour waterfront, within close walking distance to popular attractions and is at the centre of the capital's political, commercial and corporate worlds.  5 minutes walk to the conference venue.

Rydges Wellington
75 Featherston Street
Superior King - $189 per night

Rydges Wellington enjoys a central location in the heart of the CBD. It offers a range of leisure facilities to make your stay more enjoyable, including 17m lap pool, spa pool and sauna.  Less than 5 minutes walk to the conference venue.

Ibis Wellington
153 Featherston Street
King room - $129 per night

Hotel Ibis Wellington is conveniently located in the very heart of the city and just. The hotel features 200 spacious guest rooms, and a modern and contemporary restaurant and bar.  5 minutes walk to the conference venue.

Downtown Backpackers
1 Bunny Street
Superior double - $90 per night
Standard double - $78 per night

Downtown Backpackers has a different feel to that of other budget accommodation in Wellington and New Zealand: facilities such as private tiled bathrooms are provided in most of the double, twin and single rooms. There are elegant staircases, and high ceilings from its former days as a hotel, and the on-site café was once the old hotel's ballroom.  5 minutes walk to the conference venue, and across the road from Wellington’s train station which includes a Supermarket for your convenience.