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  • New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    1. New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    Day one of the tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Wellington and then heads across the north island towards Rotorua. Travel along the breathtaking Kapiti Coast, through the city of Palmerston North, and alongside the Central Plateau, home to several active volcanoes. The drive also takes you past the stunning Lake Taupo before arriving in Rotorua in the late afternoon. Get checked into your accommodation, the Millennium Hotel, and then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Wake up on the second day ready for an adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Following a morning of city sightseeing, head over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture. Then learn about the region’s unique geothermal activity with a tour of the neighboring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Next,...

  • Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

    2. Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

    Follow the Cable Car signpost around Lambton Quay to find the hidden Cable Car Lane in the heart of the city centre.  Wellington's iconic Cable Car travels through three historic tunnels and over three bridges. There are three intermediate stations; the residential areas of Clifton, Talavera and Salamanca. Victoria University of Wellington and Kelburn Park Fountain can be accessed from the Salamanca Station. Enjoy the panoramic views of Wellington city and the harbor from the top of the Cable Car. To get back down into the city, there are several walks through the hillsides of the Botanic Garden, including a beautiful 40-minute stroll back down to the city centre via the historic Bolton Street Cemetery and the Beehive. Or if you prefer an easier route back down, choose the return journey option. This allows you plenty of time to enjoy the views and explore the surrounding attractions ...

  • 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.

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

    4. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

    This introductory 1-hour guided tour is the perfect way to gain an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Maori treasures, and New Zealand history. It is ideal if you have limited time or would like an introduction for an extended visit!  In central Wellington, you're rarely more than a 20-minute walk away from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a cultural history museum located on the waterfront. Join a tour in either English or Mandarin led by a friendly, knowledgeable guide to make the most of your visit. The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. Tours available in English or Mandarin.  Learn about Maori history, traditions, and art. View photography and natural science displays, come face-to-face with the largest and only colossal squid on display in the world. Enjoy high-tech interactive exhibits, art and ...

    The initial one hour tour was fabulous to get your bearings. There is so much to see.

  • Wellington: Cave to Coast Highlights Guided Tour

    5. 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...

  • Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

    6. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

    Avoid the crowds and enter the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa before it opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and access the "Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War" exhibition to learn more about one of the major campaigns of World War I. Get a short introduction from a knowledgeable guide, and then explore at your own pace. Combining the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry of Weta Workshop, the ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.  Learn all about the giant sculptures that took a staggering 24,000 hours to create. Encounter 3D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences that will bring New Zealand's Gallipoli story to life. Then, use your entry ticket to explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarew...

    It was well worth it to buy tickets for an early admission. Would perhaps have liked a bit more time before the crowd came in behind us. Would have been prepared to go an extra half hour earlier.

  • New Zealand: Auckland to Wellington 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    7. New Zealand: Auckland to Wellington 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    Day one of the tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Auckland and then heads across the north island towards Rotorua, via the Waitomo Glowworm caves. Enjoy an incredible must-see guided tour of the caves by boat through the glowworm grotto. Arrive in Rotorua in the late afternoon and get checked into your accommodation, the Millennium Hotel (or similar), then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Wake up on the second day ready for an adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Following a morning of city sightseeing, head over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture. Then learn about the region’s unique geothermal activity with a tour of the neighboring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Next, see Rotorua's agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome, a working organic...

  • From Wellington: Taste Buds Tour of Petone

    8. 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...

  • Wellington Sightseeing with Lord of the Rings Tour

    9. Wellington Sightseeing with Lord of the Rings Tour

    Explore some of the best sites in Wellington and discover filming locations from The Lord of the Rings with a knowledgeable specialist guide on this unique half-day tour! Head over to Courtenay Place with the Embassy Movie Theater, where the world premiers of some of The Lord of the Rings films, including The Hobbit, have been held. Continuing with the Middle Earth theme, climb up Mount Victoria for some magnificent views over the city and harbour. On the way down, feel like a wood elf as you stop at Green Belt, a forest location where several of the movie scenes were shot.  To finish your Lord of the Rings experience, you will take a drive to 'Wellywood', the Wellington film studios and post-production facilities. Step into Middle Earth as you wander through Weta Workshop with its brand new 'Windows into Workshop' exhibition and a guided tour of the prop-making and make-up departments...

  • Full Day Wellington Food Tour

    10. 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.

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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.

This was a truly super experience. Jon Salter took us to places you would NEVER find on your own. Highly recommend this walking tour. Coming back for the Cocktail Tour ..... sounds awesome to us!!!

Another great way to discover Kapiti island and its marine reserve! Loved it!

Our guide was amazing very knowledgeable as well as friendly

Well worth the introduction to what was to be enjoyed.