Wellington (Region)
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  • Martinborough Winery Tour

    1. Martinborough Winery Tour

    Enjoy a 5 hour guided tour of the Martinborough wine region in the Wairarapa starting with a spectacular drive over the stunning Remutaka Ranges. Stop at the Remutaka Summit for amazing views before heading down into the Wairarapa.  Enjoy the view across the Stuart Macaskill Lakes from the viewing platform perched in the native bush above. Visit three of the Martinborough regions' best wineries and enjoy their Cellar Door experiences as you sample the world-class products available. Specific wineries are available by request. Visit C'est Cheese and try some of their locally produced cheeses or something from further afield. Have a look at the on-site cheese factory and peruse the available cheeses from around the country and the world. Great place to grab a snack for the road if needed.  Transportation is available. Guests may share a vehicle with others. No exclusivity guaranteed.

    This was a great wine “taster” tour. 3 wineries gives you a great trip with an excellent tour guide! Enjoyed my trip!

  • Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings

    2. Wellington Craft Brewery Half-Day Guided Tour with Tastings

    The tour starts with a coastal drive around the western edge of Wellington Harbour, heading for Beertown in Upper Hutt. Your first visit is to Kereru, a small, independently owned and family operated award-winning brewery that is incredibly passionate about making good beer whilst following sustainable practices. Have a taster of the available beers on tap, some of which include ingredients unique to New Zealand. Next stop is another member of the Brewtown family, Panhead Brewery. Panhead is New Zealand's very own craft brewing monster truck rally, putting the frighteners on anyone who thinks beer should mind its own business and cower behind the wine rack. Launched in 2013 out of the old Dunlop tyre factory in darkest Maidstone, they were embraced enthusiastically from the get go by Wellington's beer cognoscenti. Your next encounter takes you Baylands Brewery for a tasting of their ta...

  • Wellington Cocktail Discovery Tour & 4 Cocktail Creations

    3. Wellington Cocktail Discovery Tour & 4 Cocktail Creations

    Love cocktails? Taste and enjoy cocktails and nibbles to get your evening started on the right note. Get away from the tourist trap, enjoy the local and quirky atmosphere and sample some of Wellington’s best cocktail creations.  On this guided 2.5-hour walking tour, you will be guided through the popular entertainment areas, soaking in the city’s vibrant personality, famous for its street art, food, and drinks culture. You will hear about the history of the bars and meet the master mixologists at each location through this fun, informal yet informative drinking tour. By the end of the tour, you will learn about the best watering holes in town with plenty of time (and local knowledge) to continue with the fun on a night out.

  • Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

    4. Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

    Explore Wellington's highlights on a 5-hour fully-guided tour. After pick-up at a meeting point your hotel, head along the Wellington Waterfront and up to the Mt. Victoria Lookout. Marvel at stunning 360-degree views of Wellington city and it's picturesque harbour. Journey along the coastal drive around Oriental Bay and Evans Bay Parades. Stop briefly at the iconic windy Wellington sign. Arrive at the famous Weta Cave Shop, the hub of Weta Studio Tours in Wellington. It's not just a retail store: it's a cavern of creativity. At the Weta Cave, snap a selfie with the life-sized sculptures, wander through the mini-museum, and watch the exclusive documentary.  Continue along to scenic Shelly Bay and around the Miramar Peninsula. Break for lunch at a seaside cafe or restaurant. Pause for a moment of remembrance at the Wahine Memorial Park. Explore the south Wellington coast, Taputarenga Mar...

  • Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

    5. Martinborough Wine and Food Tour with Lunch from Wellington

    Embark on a guided tour with an experienced local guide to the Martinborough region from Wellington.  After meeting your guide, you will enjoy a scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges, with a brief stop at the summit, before descending into the Wairarapa region.  Taste a range of fantastic local and imported cheeses and gourmet foods at a popular local cheese shop in Featherston. Experience Martinborough winemaking by visiting some of the oldest vineyards in the region, before savoring a delicious lunch overlooking the spectacular countryside.  At the Martinborough Brewery, you will be able to sample 4 of the 8 craft beers on offer and wander amongst the oldest olive trees in Martinborough. Learn about different varieties of olive and how they are grown. You will also find out how to taste olive oil like a professional, before discovering how to use the full range of infused oils in qui...

    If you like food and wine, then this tour is a must do! We had a great day out with our guide Phil, learnt alot about the area and it's History, and were spoilt with great cheese, food and wine. Found out all about Olive tree's and olive's in general really, was a great and informative tour by John. Thanks again Phil for an amazing day out in Martinborough.

  • Zealandia Twilight Ecosanctuary Tour

    6. Zealandia Twilight Ecosanctuary Tour

    Experience Zealandia as it transforms from daylight to twilight during this special guided experience. The fully-fenced, urban eco-sanctuary is located 10-minutes from Wellington central business district.   Begin your tour with the highlights of Zealandia's interactive exhibition. Your guide will then lead you through the sanctuary valley. See birds returning to the sanctuary to settle into their nests and marvel at the sight of the evening sky and hear the changing sounds of birds from day to night.  Encounter unique species such as wētā, takahē, tuatara and more. You may even experience the first sounds of the nocturnal birds, such as kiwi and ruru (morepork) as they wake.

    It was an awesome tour! Very interesting, funny and magical. Thanks to the guides who are really loving their jobs/volunteering. Saw the Tuis, Kakas, Shags, Fantails and many more and also heard Kiwis. Wonderful!

  • From Wellington: Taste Buds Tour of Petone

    7. From Wellington: Taste Buds Tour of Petone

    Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at five local food and/or beverage producers with a tasting selection at every single location. The tour includes a cupping and a coffee bean roasting at a local coffee roastery where you will trace the life of a coffee bean from origin to cup. The next stop is the Zany Zeus dairy and cheese factory where you will sample a range of cheeses, yogurts and organic ice cream including a smoked yogurt - the first ‘yogurt’ of its kind available in New Zealand. Your next encounter takes you to a little bit of Parma, Italy in New Zealand as you are a guest at La Bella Italia and your host Antonio Cacace. Here you will try a freshly prepared Italian classic which varies daily! Vegetarian options are available. The next stop is for the sweet of tooth as you call in on the resident chocolatier for a tasting and chocolate making lesson! Through utilizing Fren...

  • Zealandia by Night Tour

    8. Zealandia by Night Tour

    Experience Zealandia by night on a guided tour by torchlight. The fully-fenced, urban eco-sanctuary is located 10-minutes from Wellington central business district.   Your guide will lead you in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species. See those that only come out at night. Observe unique species such as wētā, glow worms, tuatara, and takahē.  Sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (around 80% of the time), though are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history. Learn about the significance of unique species within Māori culture. Your tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre.

    Very well organised. Friendly staff. Magical experience walking at night through forest listening to night sounds.

  • Full Day Wellington Food Tour

    9. Full Day Wellington Food Tour

    Enjoy a taste of the greater Wellington region as your guide drives you from place to place, where you will connect and meet store owners who are passionate about their wares and are keen to let you enjoy the exquisite experience and tastes of their range of superb products. Throughout the tour, your guide will also show and tell you about the various sights en route. An expert guide will introduce you to the vast array of taste sensations which are not typically available during your regular travels. It’s a special treat you shouldn’t miss, where you are transported throughout the sights and tastes of the city of Wellington.

    Totally different experience for us. Suburbs of Wellington certainly have a great selection of cultural ethnic small family operated eateries. That if we did not go with Guide Jon, we would not have really ventured out of down town Wellington; in our short stay in the Capital.. The tour itinerary in retrospect was to us, quite personalised. We have never subscribed to a tour which appealed both to the eye and one's taste buds plus presented a unique contrast with every stop. Jon our guide very relaxed but professional. comfortable safe vehicle and great commentary on the localities we visited.

  • Martinborough Winery and South Wairarapa Wild Coast Tour

    10. Martinborough Winery and South Wairarapa Wild Coast Tour

    Enjoy a 10-hour guided tour heading north from Wellington around the western edge of the beautiful Wellington Harbor and up the Hutt Valley following the Hutt River. A scenic drive over the Remutaka Ranges includes a sightseeing stop at the summit before you arrive in the rural Wairarapa where you will enjoy a wine tasting and tapas lunch at a Martinborough vineyard and winery. Visit award winning wineries and enjoy their cellar door experiences and sample their world renowned wines before a sumptuous lunch at a vineyard restaurant. Next you head to the rugged south Wairarapa coast where you will experience epic sweeping views of Palliser Bay as you descend to the coast. Visit the rural fishing village of Ngawi, the North Island's largest permanent seal colony and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the most southern point of the North Island. For dinner, head to the Lake Ferry hotel befor...

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What people are saying about Wellington (Region)

Totally different experience for us. Suburbs of Wellington certainly have a great selection of cultural ethnic small family operated eateries. That if we did not go with Guide Jon, we would not have really ventured out of down town Wellington; in our short stay in the Capital.. The tour itinerary in retrospect was to us, quite personalised. We have never subscribed to a tour which appealed both to the eye and one's taste buds plus presented a unique contrast with every stop. Jon our guide very relaxed but professional. comfortable safe vehicle and great commentary on the localities we visited.

If you like food and wine, then this tour is a must do! We had a great day out with our guide Phil, learnt alot about the area and it's History, and were spoilt with great cheese, food and wine. Found out all about Olive tree's and olive's in general really, was a great and informative tour by John. Thanks again Phil for an amazing day out in Martinborough.

Mike knows his stuff. This was an excellent tour and it doesn't matter how much/little you know about craft beer, the brew teams and mike cover the lot with a great drop or two :)

This was a great wine “taster” tour. 3 wineries gives you a great trip with an excellent tour guide! Enjoyed my trip!

Phil was very knowledgeable, very personable, and a big help