Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. Settled in 1840 by the London-based New Zealand Company, "wonderful, windy Wellington" is frequently buffeted by bracing winds funnelling through Cook Strait. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car. No wonder many travelers compare it to San Francisco.

Despite its steep hills, the city can be easily explored on foot. Kelburn Cable Car, stairways and footpaths climb the slopes from the city center.

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Points of Interest

  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden
  • Cable Car
  • Te Papa Museum
  • Wairarapa
  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Lord Of The Rings Tour
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Wellington City
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  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden

    The Wellington Botanic Garden features over 61 acres of landscapes, protected native forest, conifers, and special floral collections including the lovely 3,000 rose-filled Lady Norwood Rose Garden.

  • Cable Car

    This landmark, constructed in 1902, rises 390 feet from the heart of the city and offers spectacular views at the top. From here, it's an easy walk to the Botanic Gardens, Carter Observatory and Cable Car Museum.

  • Te Papa Museum

    New Zealand's national museum is dedicated to the country's culture and environment with a special emphasis on the Māori. Fascinating displays include the colossal squid; at over 1,000 pounds, it's renowned as the world's heaviest.

  • Wairarapa

    Called the "land of glistening waters" by the ancient Maori, this beautiful rural area not only offers abundant lakes, bays and rivers, it's also at the heart of New Zealand's wine trail.

  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

    A 550-acre eco-sanctuary home to New Zealand's rarest and endangered native animals including the tuatara lizard, little spotted kiwi, saddleback and hihi birds, and the giant weta insect. Their 500 year plan is to return the sanctuary to its pre-human origins.

  • Lord Of The Rings Tour

    An exhilarating journey through the Wellington and Wairarapa regions, where visitors can see locations used in the filming of the blockbuster award-winning movies.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    New Zealand abounds with spectacular scenery and activities.

  • Wellington City

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Te Papa Express

3.5 hours | Wellington | WLG-185
  • Te Papa Museum

One of the oldest botanic gardens in New Zealand, this central city garden was established in 1868. The major conifer species which are a feature were planted then as part of a programme to import plant species and assess their economic potential to the new colony. Visit Te Papa -- the Museum of New Zealand - Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique environment, Maori culture and a dynamic artistic heritage. Take in the city sights from Mount Victoria, undoubtedly the capital city's favourite lookout. Popular with tourists for its spectacular 360 degree bird's eye view of the city and surrounds.

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$39.95

City Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)

3 hours | Wellington | WLG-296
  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden

This tour will begin with a scenic drive along Oriental Bay before you venture inland and make your way to the top of Mt. Victoria, on reaching the crest, you will be treated to a panoramic view of the city and harbour. Next, you will proceed by way of Bowen Street to the area that is home to Wellington's impressive Parliament Buildings. As you pass New Zealand's Parliament which has been meeting since 1865, learn about the history during your narrated drive. Before arriving at your next destination, you will drive past the well-known Botanical Garden that houses the award winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Your route will also take you past Wellington Cathedral before arriving at the former Cathedral - Old St. Paul's. Although no longer a parish church, it remains consecrated and is a well-loved venue for special events. Your tour makes a brief stop here before returning to the ship by way of Wellington's central business district.

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$49.95

City Drive

3 hours | Wellington | WLG-295
  • Wellington Botanic Garden/Lady Norwood Rose Garden

This tour will begin with a scenic drive along Oriental Bay before you venture inland and make your way to the top of Mt. Victoria, on reaching the crest, you will be treated to a panoramic view of the city and harbour. Next, you will proceed by way of Bowen Street to the area that is home to Wellington's impressive Parliament Buildings. As you pass New Zealand's Parliament which has been meeting since 1865, learn about the history during your narrated drive. Before arriving at your next destination, you will drive past the well-known Botanical Garden that houses the award winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Your route will also take you past Wellington Cathedral before arriving at the former Cathedral - Old St. Paul's. Although no longer a parish church, it remains consecrated and is a well-loved venue for special events. Your tour makes a brief stop here before returning to the ship by way of Wellington's central business district.

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$49.95

Local Connections: Te Papa Museum & Cable Car

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-215
  • Cable Car
  • Te Papa Museum

After boarding your motorcoach you'll travel to Te Papa Museum for a guided tour of New Zealand's national museum. Next, you'll drive to the Wellington Cable Car for spectacular views. You'll have a vertical climb in this funicular of over 390 feet and travel a length of 2,000 feet; three minutes later, you're at the top and overlooking the city. From this commanding location, you have a ringside seat to some of the city's most breathtaking views. Time permitting, pop into the Cable Car Museum which is housed within the original Winding House. The museum is home to two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery once used to haul the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline. Your tour concludes with another scenic drive back to your ship.

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$64.95

In the Footsteps of the "Lord of the Rings"

3.5 hours | Wellington | WLG-300
  • Lord Of The Rings Tour

Visit the locations featured in the film trilogy and learn how the magic of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was created. Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy by a visit to director Peter Jackson's custom built Weta Workshop, the production studio behind Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Avatar, King Kong to name a few. The story of the creative process is told and guided by a member of the talented Weta Workshop crew from the workshop floor using the props, models and weapons they have helped make for the movies. you watch interviews with co-founders Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Jamie Selkirk.

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$79.95

The Storm Coast Drive

3.5 hours | Wellington | WLG-290

Leaving Wellington by motorcoach, you will follow the harbour past Petone where Wellington's first settlers landed, and then travel along the coastline, through quaint villages and quiet bays. Arriving at Pencarrow Station, a 1,900 acre sheep and cattle farm which is also home to New Zealand's oldest lighthouse, you will have the opportunity to visit one of Wellington's best-kept secrets, Pencarrow Lodge. Here, you will be treated to a farm dog demonstration, a talk about the property itself plus morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy the scenery and make sure to bring a camera on this tour. The view from this location, which stretches across the Cook Strait to the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges in the South Island. Situated at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, there is an unhindered view of the constant sea traffic moving in and out of the Harbour and playful dolphins are often spotted in the waters of the bay below.

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$79.95

Te Papa Museum & Cable Car for Small Groups

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-999
  • Cable Car
  • Te Papa Museum

After boarding your motorcoach you'll travel to Te Papa Museum for a guided tour of New Zealand's national museum. Next, you'll drive to the Wellington Cable Car for spectacular views. You'll have a vertical climb in this funicular of over 390 feet and travel a length of 2,000 feet; three minutes later, you're at the top and overlooking the city. From this commanding location, you have a ringside seat to some of the city's most breathtaking views. Time permitting, pop into the Cable Car Museum which is housed within the original Winding House. The museum is home to two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery once used to haul the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline. Your tour concludes with another scenic drive back to your ship.

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Best Of Wellington

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-315
  • Wellington City

Experience the best of Wellington at Te Papa museum followed by a trip to Mount Victoria and to downtown Wellington! Discover Te Papa's taonga Maori (cultural treasures) and hear the stories of how these taonga are a living part of Maori history and culture. The tour includes a mihimihi (greeting) and a waiata (song) on the Marae. Visit a living, growing exhibition that brings New Zealand's great outdoors into the city, where the Host explains how early Maori gathered food, medicines, and materials for clothing from the forest. The tour concludes with a kaputi (hot drink) and traditionally inspired food. Then take in the city sights from Mount Victoria, undoubtedly the capital city's favourite lookout. Popular with tourists for its spectacular 360 degree bird's eye view of the city and surrounds. Travel to Wellington's famous Beehive, Parliament building, for a photo stop before returning to your ship.

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Wellington Waterfront Cycling tour

3.2 hours | Wellington | WLG-440
  • Wellington City

Ride Wellington's waterfront and enjoy spectacular views across New Zealand's compact capital city. Learn about our nation's unique political system, interesting local history and fabulous creativity with a passionate local guide. Guests arive by van transfer at the cycling base to be fitted with helmet and bike and for a safety briefing. Travel along safe, off-road, flat cycle paths. The tour pauses a number of times along the way for photographs and sightseeing.

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$99.95

Local Connections: Zealandia Eco Reserve & Otari Wilton Bush

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-220
  • Zealandia: Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

Travel to the Zealandia: Karori Sanctuary Experience. A guide will lead you through this extraordinary conservation area and show you some of New Zealand's rarest species. Locals often refer to Zealandia as their own "Jurassic Park" because it's the only place in mainland New Zealand where you can see the famous "living fossil" - the tuatara, a descendant of reptiles that flourished over 200 million years ago. During your leisurely walk, be on the lookout for the giant weta - at three inches in length, it's one of the biggest insects in the world! Then, you'll drive to the Otari Native Botanic Garden and Wilton's Bush Reserve, New Zealand's only public botanic garden dedicated solely to native plants. Another scenic drive takes you through the heart of the city and back to your ship.

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$109.95

Seal Coast Safari

3.25 hours | Wellington | WLG-500
  • Outdoor Adventures

Board your 4WD vehicles at the pier and leave Wellington behind. Travel towards the rugged South Coast of Wellington, home of the Wild New Zealand Fur Seals. Pass through Terawhiti Station, New Zealand's largest wind farm. Enjoy spectacular views of the North & South Islands and the Cook Strait down to the Marlborough Sounds, with plenty of photo opportunities and friendly, knowledgeable guides.

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Local Connections: Craft Beer, Chocolate & Coffee Tour

3 hours | Wellington | WLG-395
  • Wellington City

Introducing Wellington, the craft beer capital of New Zealand! Sip and savor your way through this lively city, where energetic local guides share their favorite haunts as you are ushered through several exceptional microbreweries and eateries that best represent the epicenter of New Zealand's culinary scene. A motorcoach tour takes you from the pier to "Free House," a traditional-style pub-the first all-organic brewery bar, coffee roastery and restaurant. It has an ever-changing menu that will be paired with small-batch, brewed-on-site beers. The menu has gluten free and vegetarian options available. Next, you'll visit one of New Zealand's first craft beer breweries. Your local guide will impart the history of the location as well as the innovation infused into its heady brews during your guided tasting session. Finally, your tour will conclude at a Wellington chocolatier, where artisans produce sublime confections. Return to port after this deliciously "tipsy" day. Cheers, mate!

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$149.95

Quad Biking

6.5 hours | Wellington | WLG-545
  • Outdoor Adventures

Riding a bike over one of New Zealand's most rugged coastal environment is a great way to see all of the magnificent sights of Wellington. Your half-day expedition begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic drive through the rolling hills to the trailhead's starting point where you'll meet your guide who'll lead you in a step-by-step lesson in riding and handling a quad bike. Then, you'll begin your ride at sea level, bike along 62 miles of trails and slowly climb up 2,900 feet to the summit of a mountain peak. From this bird's eye perspective you'll marvel at the grand views. When you reach one of the many awesome scenic outlooks, you'll take a brief rest and sit down with a light lunch before riding on. At the end of your memorable odyssey, you'll re-join the motorcoach for another scenic trip back to your ship.

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$279.95

Gourmet Walking Tour of Wellington

6 hours | Wellington | WLG-380
  • Wellington City

Lace up your walking shoes and bring your appetite for a half-day tasting tour of Wellington. Not only will you be able to taste a variety of New Zealand-inspired delicacies but you can also meet the people behind the area's local foods and discover the city's history, art and architecture. The leisurely route is approximately an hour's walking time and your route and choice of restaurants and cafés may be dependent on the season. During the tour you may visit a boutique coffee roaster and stylish café, fresh produce and gourmet food stores, and a unique contemporary chocolatier. At the end of your tasting tour, you'll walk to one of Wellington's top award winning restaurants for a delicious and light, tasting lunch with matched New Zealand wines. At the conclusion of your epicurean journey of sight, scent and taste, you can chose to either walk back to your ship or transfer back by vehicle.

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AUD$315.95

Wellington by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Driver/Guide)

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-915

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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$599.95

Wellington by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Driver/Guide)

4 hours | Wellington | WLG-910

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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Wellington by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Wellington | WLG-905

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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$999.95

Wellington by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Driver/Guide)

8 hours | Wellington | WLG-900

Vehicles with an English-speaking driver guide are generally offered on a half-day or full-day basis. Deviations to duration, departure / return time or locations to be visited can be made onboard in advance but will incur an additional charge. This is a private arrangement those accompanying you are the family or friends with whom you agree to share costs. We do not match groups of passengers to form a private group for the vehicle. Vehicles are extremely limited therefore reserve early. These tours are ordered per vehicle. One person in your party places the order for the vehicle; the entire cost of the vehicle is charged to that person's shipboard account and cannot be divided among the party. Once onboard, you will receive a letter requesting details about your travel plans. Please complete this information and return to the Tour Office as soon as possible.

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$1299.95