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  • Wellington: Return Cable Car Ticket

    1. 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 ...

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • From Wellington: Taste Buds Tour of Petone

    5. 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...

  • Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

    6. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

    Take a 45-minute express tour at twilight when the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is less crowded. Tick off the museum's main highlights and learn about New Zealand's land, people, and history from your friendly knowledgeable guide.  The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with over 200,000 items. Join a small group lead by a friendly, knowledgeable guide who will take you on the most direct route to the museum's popular exhibits. The route may vary depending on your guide.   The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. You will stop regularly to interact with the displays and learn about the most important works and artifacts. See Māori cultural treasures, the museum’s own 'marae' (Māori meeting house), as well as historic and contemporary art. 

    We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I walk with a cane and was quite tired and they provided me with a mobility scooter which made the tour so much easier.

  • Wellington: Food Tasting Walking Tour with Sightseeing

    7. Wellington: Food Tasting Walking Tour with Sightseeing

    Embark on a guided walking tour of Wellington and visit some of the city’s most popular eateries and hidden gem locations. Follow your guide along the trendy city streets, admiring and learning about a selection of iconic sights and landmarks along the way. Over approximately 3.5 hours, enjoy tastings of at least five different culinary delights, bursting with uniqueness and flavor.

    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!!!

  • Wellington Guided Sightseeing Tour

    8. Wellington Guided Sightseeing Tour

    With the help of your expert local guide, you will visit some of the city's key historical landmarks, as well as taking in the breathtaking scenery of Wellington's natural landscape, nestled between a scenic harbor and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of forest-clad hills. Wellington prides itself on its cultural and artistic facilities, including Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand and the nearby Wellington City Art Gallery, as well as numerous private galleries and a cutting-edge film industry. Visit some of Wellington's famous landmarks, such as the Beehive and parliament buildings, or Old Saint Paul's Cathedral with its stunning Gothic revival architecture!  After seeing the city's sights, learn more about its shoreline, which features a mix of contemporary and historical architecture, from your guide. As you explore the shore, admire the magnificent scenery o...

  • Wellington Self-Guided Audio Tour

    9. Wellington Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Immerse yourself in the windy city of Wellington which is locally known as the 'Coolest Little Capital in the World'. In this audio tour explore this beautiful seaside city where you can take a cable car up the top of Mount Victoria, walk along the breezy Waterfront and visit one of the top museums in the world, the Te Papa Museum. You'll also see the Summit of Mount Victoria, the Plimmer Steps, the Old Bank Arcade, the Museum of Wellington City and Sea, the Wellington Railway, St Paul's Cathedral. You will also see the Parliament Building which is known worldwide as 'The Beehive' because of its unusual shape. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and this tour will not disappoint. Take the frustration out of not knowing where to go, what to do or what to see by doing this wond...

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Mana Māori Tour

    10. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Mana Māori Tour

    Enjoy a 1-hour guided afternoon tour to discover Te Papa’s Maori cultural treasures and hear their stories. This tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Maori culture unique. 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. Gain free admission to the museum and explore at your own pace. Then, join a small-group afternoon tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide to learn about Aotearoa and its indigenous Māori people. Listen to engaging and informative commentary as your guide brings the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with high-tech interactive exhibits. Encounter Māori and other Pacific Island cultural treasures and learn about New Zealand’s extraordinary natur...

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What people are saying about Wellington (Region)

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 20 reviews

We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I walk with a cane and was quite tired and they provided me with a mobility scooter which made the tour so much easier.

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.