Tours in Wellington, New Zealand, will appeal to almost everyone. From wine and beer, to cycling, and romantic helicopter tours, the choices are varied.
SIGHTSEEING AND ACTIVITY TOURS IN WELLINGTON
Spend your day visiting the award-winning Martinborough wine region on this all inclusive wine tour and treat your taste buds. Visit four boutique Martinborough vineyards, and meet some of the families behind the vineyards and learn how this sleepy, rural town blossomed into a renowned wine region.
PRIVATE WELLINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Bespoke 1-day (8-hour) private Wellington photography tour and workshop with award-winning photographer Richard Young. During this workshop, earn to shoot dramatic, awe-inspiring coastal landscapes, plus forest and river photography while exploring the Tararua forest park and Kapiti Coast.
WELLINGTON’S LORD OF THE RINGS LOCATIONS TOUR INCLUDING LUNCH
Explore Middle-earth on this ‘Lord of the Rings’ location tour. Re-create the scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ book and movies, and see how Middle-earth was created in the beautiful countryside outside Wellington.
Go behind the scenes on a visit to the Weta Studios, where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies were produced, and see famous movie locations including the Greenbelt, the Hutt Valley and the gorgeous native forest park that re-created Rivendell. Enjoy a ‘Lord of the Rings’ lunch and hear insider gossip on how the iconic movies were made.
RIMUTAKA RAIL TRAIL CYCLE TOUR: FROM WELLINTON
Discover the Rimutaka area’s rich rail history and natural beauty on an easy, all-inclusive, 6 hour mountain bike trip.
The flagship of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, this trail is suitable for riders of all levels. Cycle through native, bird-filled forest, over bridges and through tunnels while enjoying fine views of the natural landscape and the old railway system.
Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the Summit and embark on a fun (but easily controllable) descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, home to some of New Zealand’s most scenic farmland. You will be provided with everything you need for your adventure, so just turn up in appropriate clothing and be ready to ride!
SHORE EXCURSION: WELLINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Enjoy a 6-hour small group shore excursion from your cruise ship’s arrival into the Port of Wellington. This is a photography tour and workshop with award-winning photographer Richard Young. On this workshop, you’ll learn how best to shoot Wellington’s dramatic, awe-inspiring coastal landscapes, as well as forest and river photography.
FULL DAY SELF GUIDED ELECTRIC BIKE TOUR OR WELLINGTON
Ride at your own pace by hiring an eBike on this full-day self-guided adventure of Wellington. (Optionally, extend your rental for two days and have it for your entire stay.)
From the centrally located Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you’ll be enthralled from start to finish.
These quality electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness. If you can ride a bike, you can ride an eBike. You will be provided with riding instructions, a helmet, a lock and a cycle map of the city, including top picks of places to stop on your ride. You can ride the bays to take in the best view points or use your eBike as your transport between the Wellington must see attractions such as Weta Workshop, Zealandia Sanctuary, Te Papa Museum or the Wellington Cable Car located only five minutes away.
Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or in a group, these top-quality e-bikes make it an experience.
ADRENALIN FOREST OBSTACLE COURSE IN WELLINGTON
Get your adrenaline pumping with three-hour access to the Adrenalin Forest Obstacle Course in Wellington. Test your skills on a thrilling aerial obstacle course. You’ll tackle over 100 challenges across seven levels, and climb, jump and swing up to 101 feet (31 metres) in the air. The nerves will definitely be tested, but the revolutionary Clic-iT safety system will ensure you’re safe at all times.
WHAREKAUHAU HELICOPTER TOUR WITH 5-COURSE LUNCH: FROM WELLINGTON
Combine a gourmet lunch with a thrilling small group helicopter flight on this 3-hour tour from Wellington.
Admire spectacular aerial views of the Cook Strait, Rimutaka Mountain Range, Orongorongo Valley, and Pallister Bay as you soar overhead on a helicopter, then touchdown to enjoy a delicious 5-course lunch with wine at the Wharekauhau Country Estate. Tour is limited to six people and includes round-trip helicopter transfers from Wellington.
30-MINUTE ROMANTIC HELICOPTER TOUR: FROM WELLINGTON
Treat a loved one to a special once in a lifetime experience they will never forget with this romantic private helicopter ride from Wellington City. Enjoy stunning views of coastlines and farms. Land for some quality time with your loved one with a complimentary bubbly in hand.
GUIDED WELLINGTON SIGHTSEEING TOUR BY ELECTRIC BIKE
From the centrally located Waterfront to the quiet bays and panoramic lookouts, you’ll be enthralled from start to finish. These quality electric bikes are easy to use and suitable for any level of fitness. If you can ride a bike, you can ride an eBike! Your guide will keep you safe with helmets provided and full riding instruction. The tour is lighthearted, fun and engaging with the focus on riding and finding the best view points. You’ll get a local’s perspective on the culture and history of our vibrant city and surrounding bays.
SMALL GROUP WELLINGTON FOOD TOUR
Discover the diverse flavors of New Zealand on this 5-hour small-group Wellington food tour. Spin through New Zealand’s capital by air-conditioned minivan with a guide, and visit some of the butchers’ shops, coffee-roasters, cheese-makers, and ice-cream parlours the locals love.
Sample some of the diverse produce on offer, and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. This five-hour food-lover’s tour includes round-trip travel from central Wellington. Enjoy personal attention with group limited to 10 people.
WELLINGTON SHORE EXCURSION: CITY SCENIC PRIVATE TOUR
This private, customisable tour is the perfect way to see Wellington while your ship is docked.
You will have options to decide where you go, where you stop and for how long you spend at each location. You can even decide the duration of the entire tour, so you are sure to get the most out of the wonderful city of Wellington. You will have up to eight hours available for the tour. Port pickup and drop-off is available for up to nine people.
WELLINGTON CITY SIGHTSEEING SMALL GROUP TOUR
Journey into the heart of Wellington on this city sightseeing small-group tour. From its unearthly south coast to its bizarre central Beehive, the contrasts and quirkiness of Wellington’s wonders are unequalled anywhere on earth. Travel by cable car to the top of Mt Victoria, visit the Parliament buildings and Te Papa – the national museum.
INTER-ISLANDER FERRY: WELLINGTON TO PICTON
Inter-Islander offers daily ferry services across Cook Strait linking New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Cruise across in 3-hours whilst travelling in comfort and style as you savour one of the world’s most scenic ferry journeys.The Inter-Islander is an experience not be missed.
PALLISTER BAY AND COASTAL DELIGHTS TOUR: FROM WELLINGTON
Get off the beaten track with this tour to Palliser Bay! Visit Lake Ferry and the fishing village of Ngawi where you can take in the stunning views of this unique coastline. Enjoy visiting the largest fur seal colony in the North Island, where you will be able to experience up-close encounters with friendly animals.
We will visit the Cape Palliser lighthouse and also stop in at the charming Martinborough for world class wine-tastings. You can relax and enjoy your lunch at the historic Lake Ferry Hotel where you can try their famous ‘Fish and Chips’!
WELLINGTON CITY SIGHTS AND COAST TOUR
Discover the highlights of Wellington on this guided 2.5-hour coach tour around New Zealand’s beautiful capital city.
Admire local landmarks and historic buildings, including icons such as the Beehive and Old St Paul’s Cathedral.
From Mt Victoria, enjoy panoramic views over Wellington Harbour and the South Coast, and drive through pretty suburbs including Seatoun and Oriental Bay. Visit parts of the Wellington Botanic Garden and take an optional ride on Wellington’s iconic red cable car.
You’ll see and learn more with your friendly, expert guide giving an excellent overview of Wellington.
WELLINGTON HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR
Discover the best of Wellington on a scenic hop-on hop-off tour that travels to top sights within the city and surroundings.
See attractions including Mount Victoria, Wellington Zoo, Wellington Botanic Garden or the Te Papa museum on your own. Your friendly guide shares informative commentary throughout the two-hour ride by minivan, with numbers limited to 11 people. You can hop off at any of 11 stops to explore the attractions in depth and your ticket is good for a full 24 hours from the time of first use.
WETA CAVE WORKSHOP TOUR
Tour an exhibition hall of the world’s leading special effects studios at Weta Workshops, a must-see destination for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fans visiting New Zealand.
Start your visit on the right foot: A convenient shuttle transfer from central Wellington eliminates the hassle of driving and parking. The informative guided tour takes you through the Weta Cave exhibit for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the artistry of the LOTR trilogy, ‘Avatar,’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ among many others.
MAORI HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Take an in-depth journey to discover Te Papa’s taonga (Maori cultural treasures) and hear some of their stories for insights into Maori culture. From historic, artistic, and contemporary perspectives, this tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Maori culture unique.
SCENIC WELLINGTON HELICOPTER FLIGHT
Moments after boarding your helicopter you will ascend from the heart of the capital city on a short but exhilarating flight.
In an instant, the Wellington landscape is brought into perspective. You will have a unique bird’s eye view of the stunning landscape dotted with iconic buildings such as
Te Papa, the Beehive and the Cake Tin.
Weather permitting you can enjoy views of the Marlborough Sounds and upper South Island.
PRIVATE TOUR: FULL DAY WELLINGTON CRAFT BEER TOUR
Spend a relaxing day in the company of craft beer masters on this full-day Wellington craft beer tour. On this informative and fun private tour you will visit the breweries that have made Wellington the craft beer capital of New Zealand.
After a “behind the scenes’ tour of the Kereru Brewery, you will lunch at Art of Pizza, famous for their New York style pizzas, with Kereru craft beer on tap for the perfect match. You will enjoy an afternoon visiting four more craft beer breweries before you return to your Wellington hotel or alternatively to your craft beer bar of choice.
STAGLANDS WILDLIFE RESERVE ENTRY TICKET
Use your all-day admission ticket to Staglands Wildlife Reserve located in the Akatarawa Valley near Wellington and enjoy the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature and feed and interact freely with native New Zealand wildlife in a beautiful, natural environment.
At Staglands visitors can feed and freely interact with wildlife in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy the walk-through aviaries full of brilliantly colored, twittering birds. Meet the free roaming kune kune piglets and delight in their company. Cuddle up to gorgeous guinea pigs and rabbits at The Stables.
Watch rainbow and brown trout fighting over dinner in The Trout & Eel Pool. Get up close and personal with enchanting fallow deer in The Deer Park. Discover the magical world of The Secret Garden. Experience the nooks and crannies of The Old Bush Settlement – a nostalgic recreation of an abandoned settlement.