Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in Wellington Airport

Sleeping in AirportWhether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in Wellington Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 8 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in Wellington Airport Overnight

The Wellington Airport closes nightly between 1:30 AM and 3:30 AM. It is generally not possible to spend the night inside the airport, unless in the case of emergency such as major flight cancellations, however some recent travellers reported no problem staying in the terminal overnight.

Locations & Seating

Overnight sleeping isn’t possible here, but you can catch a cat nap during the day. You’ll find some armrest-free seating and couches throughout the airport.

Rest Zones

At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.


At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal temperature. Still, you can likely expect the airport to cool down at night, as air conditioning continues to run and fewer people are inside.   Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.


Travellers report bright fluorescent lighting. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.


The busy airport is reportedly very noise during the day and in the later evening hours. Do bring earplugs and noise-cancelling headphones for some decent sleep.


Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Free shower facilities are located pre-Security, Level 1, to the left and the right of the main entrance – bring your own toiletries and towel!

Food & Drink

We can’t confirm whether any 24-hour food concessions are available, so do stock up on food and water before eateries and convenience stores close for the night.


wellington airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights, you have a choice of hotels, though you will have to leave the airport. Your closest hotel option is the Rydges Wellington Airport, which is connected to the terminal on the public side of the terminal.  Many nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Wellington Airport.


wellington airport loungesWhile Wellington Airport has a few lounges, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, check out this list of lounges in our Wellington Airport Guide that you can pay to access when flying certain airlines.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Wellington Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:

  • Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers or close to security.
  • Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
  • Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!

Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.

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