Students who register will get free accommodation at Pipitea Marae, located at 55 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington. The Marae has toliet and shower facilities as well as parking available. The marae will provide mattresses, mattress covers, pillows, and pillow cases. You will need to bring a sleeping bag or some other bedding and be warned, it may be starting to get a bit chilly in Wellington in April! The accommodation at the marae will be a group sleeping situation and we will all be sleeping in the same (large) room. There will be some parking available outside the front of the marae. Please don't park on the grass in front of the marae. For any queries please email Ben Palmer.

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The Marae is located in Thorndon close to the main bus stop, railway station, and the Lambton Quay area of town.

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Getting to Victoria University

There are three options for getting from the Marae to the University:


The Marae is located less than 5 minutes walk from the main bus station shown on the map below. A number of buses can be caught from the station to the university including the numbers 17, 22, and 23. Information on the Wellington bus timetables can be found at .

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Cable Car

The cable car runs every 10 minutes from 7am in the morning until 10pm at night on weekdays. The third stop is the closest stop to the university which is by Kelburn park requiring only a short walk up the hill in the morning. The cable car also has much cheaper tickets for students with valid student id cards. An individual trip is $1 and a ten trip is $9. The map below shows how to get from the Marae to the cable car on Lambton Quay.

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Walking to the university is the third option for those who like to start their day with a brisk morning walk. Being Wellington pretty much the whole way up to the university is uphill and will be accompanied by a stiff wind to keep it interesting. Walking directions are included below, it should take about 30 minutes, but quicker on the way back.

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There are two hour car parks on Kelburn Parade and Glasgow St. There is also coupon parking in Kelburn which gives about 3 hours free parking to begin with, but the whole day requires a coupon. Coupons can be purchased from local dairys and shops in the area such as UniStop on Campus and the shops in Kelburn Village.

You can also park in the Victoria University of Wellington Students Association (VUWSA) carpark for $10 a day. You will need to visit VUWSA, on the bottom floor of the Student Union building, with your vehicle's registration details, and the date range you wish to park for. This process can be make quicker by contacting VUWSA ahead of time.

Alternative Accommodation

For those not wanting to stay in the Marae there are a number of alternative accommodation options. Information on backpackers in Wellington can be found here and hotels here. You will want to stay at one of the backpackers or hotels that is in downtown Wellington.
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