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Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

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Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Shore Excursion City Sightseeing Tour

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View the must-see attractions of Wellington on a 2.5-hour shore excursion. During your sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital, observe architectural landmarks such as the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive, and visit Old St Paul’s Cathedral. Soak up picturesque views of the city and harbor from a lookout pt on Mt Victoria, and have the option to take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car. Round-trip port transport by coach is included.
  • 2.5-hour guided tour of Wellington's highlights
  • Discover Wellington's rolling hills, rugged scenic bays and iconic architectural landmarks
  • Don't miss out on must-see attractions including the famous Beehive and parliament buildings, and Old St Paul's Cathedral
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from Mt Victoria
  • Optional cable car ride (own expense)
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Port pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Cable Car
CentrePort Wellington , 2 Fryatt Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Departure Point: Wellington Cruise Port Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point

8:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
When your cruise ship pulls into port, explore the city sights of Wellington after pickup by comfortable coach. Start your shore excursion in the suburb of Thorndon to glimpse where the country’s political leaders rule as you pass the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and the cone-shaped Executive Wing called the Beehive. 

See other local landmarks such as Old St Paul’s Cathedral, a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, and stroll the Lady Norwood Rose Garden whose air is perfumed by thousands of colorful blooms.

You’re driven to the summit of Mt Victoria to view Wellington from above. Enjoy a panorama that includes Wellington Harbour, a blue bay nestled within the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. 

If you’d like, take an iconic trip on the charming Wellington Cable Car (own expense), riding from Lambton Quay in the city center to the Botanic Garden in the hilltop suburb of Kelburn. Your tour ends with a drive around the city’s scenic inlets en route to your cruise ship at the Wellington port. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Wellington port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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105 Reviews

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You must do this tour
, Mar 2020
Great driver informative and great views seen all the highlights needs a payrise every visitor to nz needs to do this tour
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the amazing review and recommendation, Sharyn! I'm really happy you had such a great time on your Wellington Sightseeing Tour and I hope you get to return someday soon!
Wellington City Tour
, Apr 2019
Very good showcase of the city and close environs as well as background culture and history from the guide “Chappie” who did an excellent job.
Well Worth it
, Mar 2019
A great trip with a great and knowledgeable driver. Cruise ship tours were more expensive and had less time.
We enjoyed this ride around...
Harriet S
, May 2018
We enjoyed this ride around Wellington, learning about the city's people, history and what it's like to live there now. A brief stop at the botanical garden filled with numerous varies of roses and a peace garden and a ride on the cable car extra cost and well worth it to downtown where we reconnected with the bus were highlights. I wish this tour included a stop at the Te Papa Museum or that it ended there so that we could have visited it on our own. It was a long walk from where the tour ended downtown and the shuttle bus back to the ship so we missed it. Disappointing.
We undertook two visits while in...
Ian B
, Mar 2018
We undertook two visits while in Wellington, a tour of the city and a visit to Peter Jackson's studios and both were excellent in every respect. However, there was some confusion here! We booked to go on the 9:30am tour of Wellington on the basis that in the information provided by Viator stated clearly that it would finish around 12:15pm. On this basis, we booked a second trip to visit the Peter Jackson film studios starting around 1pm. Unfortunately, shortly after boarding the coach in the morning we discovered that our first trip was scheduled to finish well after 1pm making it impossible to do the second one.The tour representative at the dockside was very helpful promising to try and help but by the time the first trip finished we arrived back too late. Luckily, staff at the iSite in Wellington rallied round, consulted with the rep' and managed to get us on a later visit to the studios. It was a bit stressful as we were very close to the departure time of our ship but we managed to get the last shuttle bus. To save worry, it would have been helpful if the tour information supplied by Viator had been more accurate.
Delightful and informed driver who...
John G
, Mar 2018
Delightful and informed driver who gave us an interesting 3 3 1/2 hour four. Time in Botanical Garden a little much.
Got off our boat and the very...
Rodney H
, Mar 2018
Got off our boat and the very friendly staff and coach was waiting, absolutely no hassles at all. Driver was very informative, very friendly and very funny. We would HIGHLY recommend this sight seeing tour. Dropped off back at the boat. WONDERFUL.
Our group visit to Wellington was a...
Margie F
, Mar 2018
Our group visit to Wellington was a good trip. The driver showed us where all the special and unique places of the city. Gave us a chance to ride the cable car, took us to the beautiful Mount Victoria. It was a short tour but we have a great experience in Wellington.
We really enjoyed this tour, very...
greg b
, Mar 2018
We really enjoyed this tour, very informative and helpful driver. Gave us ample time to explore and get to the places we needed to be at.
we were welcomed immediately, tour...
peter j
, Mar 2018
we were welcomed immediately, tour company was hammonds the driver/guide thirdprobably more generation,maori was great.. knew Wellington backwards. showed a few secrets in old St,Pauls Cathedral then where to go... where pick ups great tour. his son plays with the rugby hurricanes,

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